In the Duck Dynasty episode “Toad to Perdition,” Willie Robertson’s son John Luke Robertson and his new bride Mary Kate (nee McEacharn) pack for college. They pack all the essentials including a gigantic sombrero, a fire extinguisher and their finest china. Remember: The young couple got married in June 2015, at the Robertson’s family farm in West Monroe, Louisiana. (Mary Kate quit Louisiana Tech in order to plan the wedding.)
Now the 20-year-old newlyweds are attending Liberty University, the Christian school in Lynchburg, Virginia founded by the late Jerry Falwell. Liberty has a longstanding tradition of having Republican presidential candidates speak on campus including Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, and John McCain, over the years. Liberty’s president says the school has invited Democrats too but they’ve never said yes…until 2015. In September 2015, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addressed a packed auditorium at Liberty (watch his full speech below). Duck Dynasty airs Wednesdays at 9:30pm on A&E.