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Trump punches back at ‘far left’ mainstream Christian publication after editorial

Trump says Christianity Today ‘would rather have a Radical Left nonbeliever, who wants to take your religion & your guns‘

Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a worship service at the International Church of Las Vegas in October 2016 in Las Vegas. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo)

President Donald Trump, always looking to fight back when he feels attacked, on Friday panned Christianity Today after the religious publication called for him to be removed from office.

“The facts in this instance are 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. That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral,” the publication wrote in an editorial published Thursday.

“Unfortunately, the words that we applied to Mr. [Bill] Clinton 20 years ago apply almost perfectly to our current president. Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by popular vote next election—that is a matter of prudential judgment,” CT wrote. “That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments.”

Christianity Today was founded in 1956 by Rev. Billy Graham, one of the U.S.’s most prominent evangelical leaders. Trump and other political leaders honored Graham in ceremonies in the Capitol when he died in February 2018. 

The publication’s eyebrow-raising editorial is at odds with its evangelical readers, most of whom are staunch supporters of the president it wants kicked out of the Oval Office.

A recent Public Religion Research Institute survey found 99 percent of Republican-leaning white evangelicals oppose Trump’s impeachment and removal. Sixty-three percent of the same group said the 45th president has done nothing to undermine the integrity of the office he occupies, unlike majorities of other religious factions.

Trump will need sizable turnouts from each of the various conservative blocs that compose his base if he hopes to secure a second term, say political strategists of all ideological stripes. Eager to hold onto his white evangelical bloc, Trump did Friday morning what Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham on Thursday said he always will do: punch back.

“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,” he tweeted.

As he does about all kinds of groups and issues, Trump then declared this: “No President has done more for the Evangelical community, and it’s not even close.” As he often does, he did not provide support data nor explain his metric for making his latest bold pronouncement.

“You’ll not get anything from those Dems on stage,” he wrote, referring to the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls before concluding his rant with a typo: “I won’t be reading ET again!”

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