‘Christianity Today' Calls For Trump's Removal: Trump Is 'Profoundly Immoral'
The evangelical magazine Christianity Today, founded by the late Reverend Billy Graham, published an editorial on Thursday calling for the removal of President Donald Trump, according to Axios.
"We have reserved judgment on Mr. Trump for years now,” wrote Mark Galli, the editor in chief of Christianity Today. “Some have criticized us for our reserve. But when it comes to condemning the behavior of another, patient charity must come first. ... To use an old cliché, it’s time to call a spade a spade, to say that no matter how many hands we win in this political poker game, we are playing with a stacked deck of gross immorality and ethical incompetence."
"[T]he 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,” the editorial continued. “That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral."
"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 [Trump] should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments."
Galli concluded with a warning that continued support for Trump, despite his moral failings, “will crash down on the reputation of evangelical religion and on the world’s understanding of the gospel. And it will come crashing down on a nation of men and women whose welfare is also our concern.”
Axios noted that the magazine’s editorial is highly significant, as “Christianity Today is an influential mainstream magazine for evangelicals, with 4.3 million monthly visitors on its site and hundreds of thousands of print subscribers.”
Further, Trump received an outsized portion of the evangelical vote in 2016 — 81 percent, according to Pew Research Center — a group Axios reported makes up about 25 percent of the electorate.
Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, has proven himself a staunch ally of the president, saying he offers his support because Trump "defends the faith."