Christianity Today Sees Boost In Subscriptions After Calling For Trump's Removal
Christianity Today’s editor-in-chief made waves last week when he published an editorial calling for President Donald Trump’s removal from office, but now Mark Galli reports that his op-ed resulted in a boost in new subscriptions for the Christian magazine.
Galli told MSNBC on Sunday that the move cost the magazine subscribers as well but said it has also received a great deal of support, according to CNBC.
“A stereotypical response is ‘thank you, thank you, thank you’ with a string of a hundred exclamation points — ‘you’ve said what I’ve been thinking but haven’t been able to articulate, I’m not crazy,’” Galli said, describing responses from supporters. “We have lost subscribers but we’ve had 3 times as many people start to subscribe."
Galli also said during the interview that many evangelicals have a “deep and profound attachment to the president,” primarily due to Trump’s pro-life stance, support for religious liberty, and the economy.
“Unfortunately some of my brothers and sisters considered him appointed by the Lord and what I would consider extreme language in that regard,” Galli said. He added that to some people, criticism of a sitting president “is bad form.”
But evangelicals risk damaging the church’s reputation if they continue to blindly support Trump, he said.
“We’re sacrificing a great deal of the good we’re called to do and believe in if we don’t at least say out loud, in front of God and everybody, that in terms of his public character Donald Trump is a serious problem and no longer fit for office on those moral grounds alone,” Galli said.
The president responded quickly to Galli’s editorial last week, tweeting that Christianity Today is a “far left magazine, or very ‘progressive’” and that “no president has done more for the evangelical community” than he has.