Virginia's Roanoke Times on Tuesday published a column brutally mocking Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., which sarcastically branded him "the funniest comedian since George Carlin."
Over the weekend, Falwell wrote on Twitter that Trump deserved "reparations" for the Mueller probe -- in the form of two years being added to his term in office. Trump himself appeared to endorse the idea by retweeting it.
After the best week ever for @realDonaldTrump - no obstruction, no collusion, NYT admits @BarackObama did spy on hi… https://t.co/gpCQRutrXs— Jerry Falwell (@Jerry Falwell)1557018046.0
In his column, author Dan Casey wrote that Falwell told him over the phone that the tweet "was a little tongue-in-cheek."
"It’s difficult not to admire such modesty. Because, let’s face it, 'little' is an understatement. Each one of the 280 characters (including the spaces) in Jerry’s tweet is side-splitting comedy gold," Casey said sarcastically.
Falwell also told him that federal investigators should be targeting former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The "whole bunch" of people who participated in the Mueller investigation needed to be punished, he said.
"Hahahahahahahaha! Jerry did it again. What a scream," Casey wrote.
"Anyone who doubts what was yet another hilarious joke need look no further than Jerry’s speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Jerry called Trump, the Ivy League-educated scion of a multi-millionaire, 'America’s blue-collar billionaire.' That’s a splendid example of ironic understatement."
White House insiders similarly told The Washington Post that Trump "was joking and is not serious about trying to increase his first four-year term by 50 percent."