Trump Attacks Christian Magazine After Editorial Calling For His Removal
President Donald Trump lashed out at Christianity Today after the evangelical magazine published an editorial calling for his removal from office, wrongly identifying the magazine as “far left” and “very ‘progressive.’”
Trump also said the publication is “doing poorly,” but Axios noted that Christianity Today has “4.3 million monthly visitors on its site and hundreds of thousands of print subscribers.”
“No President has done more for the Evangelical community, and it’s not even close,” Trump said during his Twitter rant, adding that he would no longer be reading the magazine.
On Thursday, Mark Galli, the editor in chief of Christianity Today, wrote that Trump should be removed from office, citing the president’s attempt “to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents,” which Galli called “profoundly immoral.”
"That [Trump] should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments."
Evangelical leader Franklin Graham, whose father, the late Reverend Billy Graham, founded Christianity Today in 1956, responded to the editorial by saying his father would not have supported Trump’s removal.
"Yes, my father Billy Graham founded Christianity Today; but no, he would not agree with their opinion piece," Franklin Graham wrote, before saying his father was a Trump supporter prior to his death in 2018. "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."
"It’s obvious that Christianity Today has moved to the left and is representing the elitist liberal wing of evangelicalism," Graham said, also accusing the magazine of being "used by the left for their political agenda."
Trump enjoys strong support from the evangelical community and won 81% of the evangelical vote in 2016, according to Pew Research Center.