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Jerry Falwell Jr. poses with Donald Trump near a Playboy cover, and holy heck breaks loose

This photo of (from left) Jerry Falwell Jr., Donald Trump and Falwell’s wife, Becki, got the Christian leader into some hot water Tuesday.
This photo of (from left) Jerry Falwell Jr., Donald Trump and Falwell’s wife, Becki, got the Christian leader into some hot water Tuesday. Twitter

Christian leader Jerry Falwell Jr. was so happy to pose with Donald Trump on Tuesday that he tweeted the photo to the world.

Then the world started casting stones.

Because hanging on the wall behind Trump, Falwell and Falwell’s wife, Becki, was a framed Playboy magazine cover.

It was the March 1990 Playboy, to be exact, with Trump and Playmate Brandi Brandt on the front. Brandt is also known for her failed marriage to Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx and for being jailed for her involvement in a cocaine smuggling syndicate that hid drugs in the toilets of airliners.

The New York Post reports that it is a permanent fixture in Trump’s Manhattan office on a wall that showcases other magazine covers Trump has graced.

It took all of a split second for social media to see it in Falwell’s photo.

Then, Falwell shot back Tuesday night.

And Twitter threw more stones.

And back and forth it went.

The campaign named a list of people on Tuesday who will serve on an evangelical executive advisory board to Trump that will “convene on a regular basis,” according to Politico.

Some of them were responsible for organizing the meeting between Trump and Christian leaders in New York on Tuesday.

Falwell is one of them.

Trump is proud of that Playboy cover. Last month at a rally in Pennsylvania someone handed him a copy of the magazine to autograph as he worked the rope line.

Trump held it up and showed it to the crowd standing nearby.

People cheered.

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