KEY POINTS

  • Christianity Today magazine has a boost in paid subscribers after its editorial sought Trump’s removal
  • Trump calls the magazine as leftist
  • Trump’s campaign hints launch of a new coalition of evangelicals

A Christian magazine that published an editorial calling President Donald Trump’s removal from office had a surge in subscribers despite backlash from some evangelicals.

Disclosing this, Christianity Today’s editor-in-chief Mark Galli told MSNBC that although the magazine lost some subscribers, it drew an overwhelming “outpouring of support,” per CNBC report.

Christianity Today founded by the late evangelical preacher Billy Graham published an editorial Thursday authored by Galli attacking Trump on the Ukraine issue and slammed his “blackened moral record”

It said Trump trying to use his presidential powers to “coerce a foreign leader” to investigate a political rival and Democratic Party presidential aspirant Joe Biden was “not only a violation of the Constitution, but it is profoundly immoral.”

Galli had written: “His Twitter feed alone — with its habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders — is a near-perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused.’’ 

Galli also urged evangelicals continuing to back Trump to retrospect and “remember who you are and whom you serve.”

The editor said some of "my brothers and sisters" considering Trump, as appointed by the Lord, is extreme "language in that regard."

Trump calls it a leftist reaction

In his response, Trump tweeted that Christianity Today is a far-left magazine and is doing the Democratic Party's bidding adding that “no president has done more for the evangelical community.” 

The founder’s son Franklin Graham in a Facebook post recalled his father’s support to Trump and made clear that he “would not agree with Christianity Today’s opinion piece” and called it “partisan.”

Trump’s campaign mulls new front of evangelicals

Meanwhile, Trump’s re-election campaign said on Friday that Trump will launch an “Evangelicals for Trump’’ coalition in Miami on Jan. 3, The New York Times reported.

Ralph Reed, the founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, slammed the editorial and said he was “sad” to see the publication “echo the arguments of The Squad & the Resistance & deepen its irrelevance among Christians.”

According to political observers, evangelicals had been a sizable voting bloc for Republicans and have a symbiotic relationship with the President. 

P. Jones, chief executive of the Public Religion Research Institute commented to the New York Times: “Because they are a third of the Republican base. White evangelicals see themselves as a shrinking minority they need Trump.” 

According to Fox News, Galli's criticism has not dented Trump’s support among white evangelical voters.   At a rally in the swing state of Michigan Trump said the economy would be his shield against any assault from the eventual Democratic challenger in 2020 At a rally in the swing state of Michigan Trump said the economy would be his shield against any assault from the eventual Democratic challenger in 2020 Photo: AFP / Brendan Smialowski

A recent Fox News poll found that 67 percent still support Trump’s job performance, compared to 53 percent of Americans not backing the president nationally. 

The poll also found 67 percent of white evangelicals are of the view that Trump should not have been impeached, the report added.