CT Editor: Trump Is Like An “Abusive Husband” Who “Needs To Leave The House”
Mark Galli, the editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, struck a nerve with his Thursday editorial calling for President Donald Trump’s removal from office, but on Friday, Galli defended his position.
According to The Hill, Galli told NPR his position on Trump’s impeachment and removal is not political but based on morals and Christian beliefs.
"It's not like I have any personal animus against the president," he said. "But he does display characteristics that I think as a leader of a great nation like the United States are deeply problematic."
Galli said it is no longer possible to support Trump due to his perceived championing of conservative evangelical causes, like abortion and religious freedom.
“To be the most charitable to my brothers and sisters, I do think they are passionately concerned about pro-life issues," he told NPR, adding that many are also "passionately concerned about religious freedom issues."
"So I will give them that, in that sense that Trump has done a very good job of defending those causes in our minds," Galli said. "But we've gotten to a point where those things no longer balance the scale.”
The editor-in-chief — who is stepping down from his post in January — went on to compare the president to an “abusive husband” who might be a good provider but nevertheless “needs to leave the house.”
Trump "slanders people, he tells us, he mischaracterizes people, he outright lies, he says things that are verbally abusive to others," Galli said. "These are all moral problems. You don't have to even be a religious person to recognize that they’re moral problems."
Responding to Trump’s criticism of his editorial on Twitter Friday morning, in which the president called the magazine “far left” and “very ‘progressive,’” Galli said: “Nobody considers us as far-left. We don’t comment on larger national issues except when they rise to a level of moral influence. He’s characterizing our magazine of political passion and that’s not who we are.”