President Trump on Friday went after Christianity Today after it published an editorial calling for his removal from office, saying the flagship evangelical magazine was “far left” and claiming it has been “doing poorly.”
“A far left magazine, or very ‘progressive,’ as some would call it, which has been doing poorly and hasn’t been involved with the Billy Graham family for many years, Christianity Today, knows nothing about reading a perfect transcript of a routine phone call and would rather have a Radical Left nonbeliever, who wants to take your religion & your guns, than Donald Trump as your President,” Trump wrote in a pair of tweets.
Trump added that “no president” before him has done more for the evangelical community and said he wouldn’t be reading the publication again.
The president was responding to an editorial by Christianity Today editor-in-chief Mark Gally published Thursday that called for Trump’s removal from office and described the facts revealed in the House impeachment process as “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,” wrote Galli. “That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.”
The editorial also issued a direct appeal to the magazine’s evangelical readers.
“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,” Galli wrote. “Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency.”
The editorial came as an unexpected move for the magazine, founded by Billy Graham in 1956, which normally avoids weighing in on the political conversation.
Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham who has often defended Trump, issued his own response on social media, saying his father wouldn’t have agreed with the editorial and would have been “disappointed” by it. Graham criticized the publication for invoking his father’s name in the piece.
Graham also shared on Twitter that his father voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election, something he said he felt the need to reveal following the Christianity Today editorial.
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Source: The Hill