President Donald Trump and Franklin Graham, along with their ardent followers, are firing back at yesterdays surprising editorial by evangelical publication Christianity Today, which called for Trump to be removed from office.
Written by Christianity Today editor Mark Galli, the editorial asserted that Trump had not only violated the Constitution by using the office to his personal benefit in pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden, but that doing such was profoundly immoral.
Galli acknowledged that Trump has furthered the evangelical agenda by restricting reproductive rights, appointing conservative judges, and the like, but wrote that this is not enough to balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character.
That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments.
People across the political spectrum were stunned. Though it has confounded manygiven Trumps admissions of grabbing womens genitals without consent, numerous associations with convicted criminals, and accusations of infidelity with a porn starthe president enjoys strong support with evangelicals, a predominantly white minority of Christians with more hard-line beliefs than the mainstream.
Some believe it is a sign of Trump losing the faith of the faithful. After all, Christianity Today was founded by the late evangelical powerhouse preacher Billy Graham.
Others werent convinced.
Honestly this made me cry tears of . . . relief? I'm not quite sure why, I just know people like my dad will read this and I hope it means something to them. And I'm grateful to CT for publishing it. https://t.co/LBxAdnaabi
— D.L. Mayfield (@d_l_mayfield) December 19, 2019
Trump never had 100% of white evangelicals. The CT editorial isn't going to change the minds of the well over 70% that are all-in for him. https://t.co/l3iH7WF1BC
— Chrissy Steals Christmas (@C_Stroop) December 20, 2019
Last night, Billy Grahams son, Franklin Graham, released a scathing statement on Facebook about the editorial. He wrote that his father wouldnt have agreed with the piece, that he wouldve been disappointed by it because he believed in Donald Trump, and he voted for Donald Trump.
Christianity Today said its time to call a spade a spade, Graham wrote. The spade is thisChristianity Today has been used by the left for their political agenda. Its obvious that Christianity Today has moved to the left and is representing the elitist liberal wing of evangelicalism.
This morning, Trump echoed Grahams sentiments in a pair of tweets.
A far left magazine, or very progressive, as some would call it, which has been doing poorly and hasnt 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.
No President has done more for the Evangelical community, and its not even close. Youll not get anything from those Dems on stage. I wont be reading ET [sic] again!
….have a Radical Left nonbeliever, who wants to take your religion & your guns, than Donald Trump as your President. No President has done more for the Evangelical community, and its not even close. Youll not get anything from those Dems on stage. I wont be reading ET again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2019
Even as Evangelical Today and Entertainment Tonight trended due to people mocking Trumps mistake with the publications name, Graham and Trumps followers took their cues and went on the attack.
They were met by an impassioned resistance from the presidents many critics.
And it looks like that army wears maga hats.
— Terri Chappell (@terrichappell3) December 20, 2019
So many people have become so ill informed. Many Trump supporters honestly dont believe Trump was impeached. Fox is calling it a fake impeachment. Yes, his followers cant see in the dark theyre surrounded in, but because Fox turned out their lights
— Ken Conway (@Buster_Junk) December 20, 2019
For any Christian the VOTE FOR A PRO-LIFE CANDIDATE should be clear! (not unkept promises)
PRESIDENT TRUMP IS CHOOSING PRO-LIFE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES!
Unless this country repents in murdering over 60+ million innocent babies, AMERICA IS DOOMED! pic.twitter.com/alXibuEmwR
— Elizabeth For TRUMP! (@Eliz_Hightower) December 20, 2019
Yes, that was a desperation tweet at its finest. Since my daddy is no longer here to defend himself, I can say whatever I want and my subjects will believe me!
— Carla J (@carlajevers) December 20, 2019
I just don't understand his last sentence….he won't be reading CT "again"?