Leading evangelical magazine Christianity Today called for President Trump to be removed from office Thursday in a scathing editorial written by the outlet's editor-in-chief, Mark Galli, that was splashed across their website's home page.
The editorial immediately went viral, crashing CT's website.
Some snippets from the article:
- "The facts in this instance are unambiguous: The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president's political opponents. That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral."
- "This president has dumbed down the idea of morality in his administration . . . His Twitter feed alone—with its habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders—is a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused."
- "Trump's evangelical supporters have pointed to his Supreme Court nominees, his defense of religious liberty, and his stewardship of the economy, among other things, as achievements that justify their support of the president . . . None of the president's positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character."
- "That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments."
- "To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve. Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior."
President Trump responded on Twitter Friday morning, calling Christianity Today a "far left magazine" that "hasn't been involved with the Billy Graham family for many years":
Christianity Today was founded by famed evangelist Billy Graham. His son, Franklin Graham, commented to the New York Times:
"My father would be embarrassed. It is not going to change anybody's mind about Trump. There's a liberal element within the evangelical movement. Christianity Today represents that."
Furthermore, Franklin Graham took to Facebook to rebuke Christianity Today and revealed that his father actually voted for Trump before he passed away:
Franklin Graham wrote:
"Yes, my father Billy Graham founded Christianity Today; but no, he would not agree with their opinion piece. In fact, he would be very disappointed. I have not previously shared who my father voted for in the past election, but because of this article, I feel it is necessary to share it now. My father knew Donald Trump, he believed in Donald Trump, and he voted for Donald Trump. He believed that Donald J. Trump was the man for this hour in history for our nation."
? President Trump won 81% of the evangelical vote in 2016, a group that makes up about 25% of the electorate, according to the Pew Research Center.
Christianity Today has about 80,000 print subscribers. According to SimilarWeb, CT's website attracted 2.1 million visits last month.
Mr. Galli, before publishing the article, had already announced that he is retiring on January 3.