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Thursday, January 03, 2019

Brat is now at Liberty

by digby

This is perfect. The hardcore libertarian joins hardcore conservative evangelical  Liberty U:

Liberty University has hired former Congressman Dave Brat as the new dean of its School of Business, effective Wednesday.

“We are excited to have Dave Brat joining our team at Liberty and especially in our School of Business,” said Liberty Interim Provost Dr. Scott Hicks. “Dave’s experience in the private business sector, in higher education, and most recently as a U.S. Congressman, offer a unique blend of applied experience that brings additional value and depth to our business faculty.”

The former Republican lawmaker recently lost his 7th District seat to Democrat Abigail Spanberger. Brat won the seat in 2014 after upsetting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary...

“Liberty continues to hire brilliant people who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and life experience,” President Jerry Falwell added.

Uhm, speaking of Life Experiences, Falwell certainly has some interesting ones:
Jerry Falwell Jr., the evangelist son of world-famous Southern Baptist minister Jerry Falwell Sr., runs a hardcore-Christian university and often acts as the public face for the American evangelical movement. That's why it seemed so hypocritical when he endorsed Donald Trump — a sexually rapacious avatar of American greed, racism, and unearned privilege who very clearly does not care about the Bible that Falwell Jr. claims to love so much.

But it's also pretty darn curious that Falwell Jr. recently admitted in court that he paid $1.8 million to a pool attendant at Miami Beach's Fontainebleau resort who had befriended the Falwell family. It was part of an exceedingly odd business deal in which the group tried to buy the Miami Hostel at 810 Alton Rd. in South Beach. The building is attached to the popular Italian restaurant Macchialina and also houses the 120-bed hostel, where a bed costs just $20 per night.

The case raises more questions than answers: Falwell Jr. and his wife appear to have simply "befriended" a then-21-year-old pool attendant while the husband and wife were staying at the ritzy Fontainebleau. They then welcomed the pool attendant into their lives, began flying him around on a private jet, and even put up millions of dollars to help his business ventures. Falwell and his wife have appeared in Facebook photos eating at Macchialina with the pool attendant — a Florida International University graduate named Giancarlo Granda, who now lives in Washington, D.C., and attends Georgetown University.

BuzzFeed News has previously reported that the real-estate transaction also had some odd potential ties to Michael Cohen, Trump's former "fixer" who was recently sentenced to three years in prison for illegally paying two porn stars to keep quiet about having sex with Trump.

According to public court filings (first noted by BuzzFeed), Falwell Jr. said in court this past December 4 that he made two loans to a shell company called Alton Hostel LLC, which was controlled by Falwell's wife and son, plus Granda.

"My wife and I provided a loan of $1 million for Alton Hostel's purchase of the Alton Property," Falwell wrote in court yesterday. "Later, my wife and I provided additional funds of approximately $800,000 for renovations of the Alton property, which are being treated as an additional loan."

Falwell made the statement as part of a still-open lawsuit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court. In August 2017, a father and son — Jesus Fernandez Sr. and Jr. — sued Granda and the Falwell family. The two men claim that they were promised a cut of the real-estate deal but that the Falwells never paid up. (The Falwells deny this.) According to the original lawsuit, Granda was working as a pool attendant at the Fontainebleau in 2012 when Falwell Jr. and his wife Becki stayed at the resort. The suit says Granda "befriended" Falwell Jr. and his wife at the Fontainebleau. The suit does not elaborate as to why the relationship began, but it does allege that Falwell “indicated that he wanted to help Granda establish a new career and build a business" and that Falwell Jr. "told Granda to search for a profitable business idea and promised that he would purchase, finance, and/or establish this business for Granda." The suit alleges that Granda suggested an "internet business" before proposing the hostel idea. The suit alleges that Granda then asked Fernandez Sr. and Jr. for investment advice.

According to Miami-Dade County property records, the Falwells eventually bought the Alton property in February 2013 for $4.65 million. At the time, Falwell's then-23-year-old son, Jerry "Trey" Falwell III, was listed as the LLC's sole owner — but Granda was
In August 2017, a reporter for Politico spent a weekend at the Miami Hostel — Politico unsubtly labeled the place a "flophouse" and noted the Falwell-tied property encourages behaviors (drinking, premarital sex, smoking, coed sleeping) that would get students expelled from Liberty University, the uptight Christian college that Falwell Sr. founded. Politico also noted that Alton Hostel LLC was, for a few years, based at a Virginia property owned by the nonprofit university. Politico also called the hostel "gay-friendly," which is interesting, considering that Falwell Sr. famously blamed the 9/11 attack on gay people and that Falwell Jr. runs a university that is explicitly anti-LGBTQ.

But the story keeps getting weirder: BuzzFeed has reported that Falwell Jr. is (or at least was) a pal of Michael Cohen's and that Cohen helped persuade Falwell to endorse Trump's 2016 presidential run. Somehow Granda, too, got tied up in this: BuzzFeed says it has obtained a photograph of Granda meeting Trump at the university in Lynchburg, Virginia. (The university owns the copyright to the photo and did not give BuzzFeed permission to publish the image.) A source also told BuzzFeed that Cohen and Falwell discussed the Miami-Dade County lawsuit before Falwell endorsed Trump. But there is currently no direct evidence that the real-estate deal with Granda influenced Falwell's Trump endorsement.

He's sticking with his main man:

Is there anything President Trump could do that would endanger that support from you or other evangelical leaders?


That’s the shortest answer we’ve had so far.

Only because I know that he only wants what’s best for this country, and I know anything he does, it may not be ideologically “conservative,” but it’s going to be what’s best for this country, and I can’t imagine him doing anything that’s not good for the country.

It sounds as if Jerry Falwell Jr thinks Trump is the second coming. Literally.

If Trump has done one thing for America it's to expose the utter moral bankruptcy of the conservative evangelical movement once and for all. No, they never get to lecture anyone about anything ever again.