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(RNS) — Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, has voiced his support for efforts to allow counties in Virginia unhappy with the state’s Democratic Legislature to join West Virginia.
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Standing alongside West Virginia's Gov. Jim Justice in a roomful of whirring robotic factory machinery at BlueRidge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg, Falwell told reporters that he backs so-called Vexit efforts.
“Many counties (in Virginia) are taking a long hard look at escaping the barbaric, totalitarian, and corrupt Democratic regime that is trampling on individual rights throughout the state,” Falwell said.
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Falwell was quick to acknowledge the legal challenges facing any county trying to redraw the states' borders.
“It’s a long shot, no question about it, and it depends on how much grassroots support it receives,” Falwell said.
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He later added: “It has happened twice before … And I don’t think it is as much of a long shot as it was for Liberty University to grow from a little small Bible college to the largest Christian University in the world in the last 10 years. I’ve seen miraculous things happen, and so has Gov. Justice”
Justice also struck a welcoming tone for counties considering annexing themselves to Virginia.
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“If you are out there, no matter where you may be, Virginia or wherever you may be, as an individual or as a business or whatever, West Virginia is waiting for you with open arms,” he said.
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