Despite the strong possibility of spreading the virus that's caused a national health crisis in the United States, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. came under fire last week for ordering university faculty back to campus and for giving students the option to return as well.
Falwell is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, and has previously echoed Trump's initial dismissals of the threat posed by the highly contagious virus. He even previously claimed that the virus was a biological weapon engineered by enemies of the United States.
The Woman Who Was Fired for Flipping Off Donald Trump's Motorcade on Her Bike Just Won Election in Virginia
Democrats enjoyed a wealth of victories on Tuesday night, narrowly winning a gubernatorial race in Kentucky and flipping both chambers of Virginia's state legislature from Republican to Democratic.
The night wasn't without some full circle moments either. Among them was Juli Briskman.
In a historical legislative recount, Democrat Shelly Simonds wins the 94th district seat in the Commonwealth of Virginia's House of Delegates seat by one vote, providing a civics lesson in why every vote matters.
According to The Washington Post, the final tally was 11,608 votes for Simonds, and 11,607 votes for Republican Delegate David Yancey. In the initial count, Simonds was behind by 10 votes before Tuesday's recount. Under Virginia law, a losing candidate may request a recount if the vote differential is less than one percentage points cast for those two candidates.
Tonight, prior to Democrat Ralph Northam's victory speech, protesters holding signs about sanctuary interrupted the celebration in Virginia. The signs were about immigration, which Northam has been noticeably ambivalent about. According to The Daily Caller, "Northam has proven unwilling to adopt a definitive stance on the question of whether illegal immigrants should be allowed to remain in the country."
Virginians went to the polls today to elect Democrat Ralph Northam over Republican Ed Gillespie for governor. Watch Northam's full victory full speech in the embed above when it begins and check back later for a full playback. You can watch Gillespie's concession speech below.
Tina Fey appeared on yesterday's edition of Saturday Night Live's special summer "Weekend Update" episode to comment on the violence which erupted over the weekend at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and President Donald Trump's response.
“I have nothing but fond memories of my time there,” Fey, a 1992 graduate of the University of Virginia, said to Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost while wearing a sweater emblazoned with the school's logo. “I graduated a virgin and I still liked it. That's how good the architecture is down there.”