Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump was back in Virginia on Monday to address students at Liberty University's convocation.
In his first visit to the Lynchburg campus since 2012, Trump discussed topics ranging from building the military, to the situation in Syria, to building a wall in Mexico, to making "America greater than ever before."
But when he first took the stage, he dove into the New Testament. "Two Corinthians, right? Two Corinthians, 3:17, that's the whole ballgame. Where the spirit of the Lord, right? Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty! And here there is Liberty College, Liberty University," he said.
Some students are standing by him, despite his efforts. "He's not my God, so I'm not looking to him like that. I see him as a leader. He's obviously a great leader," student Jack Circle said.
However, some students were unmoved. "Well, it was definitely funny because you could tell he was trying to connect with the crowd. But you can also tell he's not the evangelical he claims to be," student Ana Ortiz said.
Trump also urged students to follow their passions and find jobs that they enjoy doing. "If you don’t love what you do, you’re never going to be successful," said Trump.
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. compared Trump to his father Jerry Falwell and said that Trump "is not a puppet on a string."
Falwell also said that Trump was "a breath of fresh air" and "one of the greatest visionaries of our time."
Trump also mentioned Hillary Clinton. "I know that maybe Hillary will be here, and if she is, you can play this back. We can't have another four years of Barack Obama. We can't have another four years of Hillary Clinton," he said.
At the end of the day, the campaign said it was a record attendance.
Trump was fighting to build trust, with promises to fight for the religious right.
#Trump: If I'm president, you're gonna see "Merry Christmas" again. Crowd: We're making Christmas great again! Trump: That was very warm!— Mike Valerio (@MikeNBC12) January 18, 2016
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