Trump slams evangelical publication that calls for his removal from office

The influential Christianity Today was founded by evangelist Rev. Billy Graham.

December 20, 2019, 3:02 PM

President Donald Trump on Friday slammed the prominent evangelical publication “Christianity Today” as a “far left magazine” that is “doing poorly" after the magazine published an editorial labeling him as a “near perfect example of a human being who is "morally lost and confused” and calling for his removal from office.

The editorial's publication Thursday amounted to a surprising act of dissension from within the evangelical community, typically one of the president’s most reliable constituencies. He has often hosted Christian leaders at the White House.

PHOTO: President Donald Trump prays during a meeting with inner city pastors at the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., Aug. 1, 2018.
President Donald Trump prays during a meeting with inner city pastors at the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., Aug. 1, 2018.
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Mark Galli, the publication’s editor-in-chief and author of the editoral, writes that the findings of the impeachment inquiry into the president’s alleged attempt to coerce Ukraine into investigating his political rival Joe Bide are “unambiguous.”

“That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral,” Galli writes. “The reason many are not shocked about this is that this president has dumbed down the idea of morality in his administration.”

Galli continues: “That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments.”

PHOTO: Franklin Graham appears on 'This Week'
Franklin Graham appears on 'This Week'

“Christianity Today” was founded by the late Rev. Billy Graham. But his son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, has since come forward to say that his father would not agree with the publication’s stand against the president.

“Yes, my father Billy Graham founded Christianity Today; but no, he would not agree with their opinion piece,” Graham writes in a post to his Facebook page. “In fact, he would be very disappointed.”

Graham, who has in the past defended the president, goes on to reveal that his father voted for President Trump.

“I have not previously shared who my father voted for in the past election, but because of this article, I feel it is necessary to share it now. 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,” he writes.

Trump later tweeted again, thanking Franklin Graham and continuing to attack the magazine.

"I guess the magazine, “Christianity Today,” is looking for Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, or those of the socialist/communist bent, to guard their religion. How about Sleepy Joe? The fact is, no President has ever done what I have done for Evangelicals, or religion itself!" he said.

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