Trump attacks Christianity Today over bruising editorial

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Esper: Military personnel could help treat coronavirus patients 'if push comes to shove' Schumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar MORE 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.

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Trump added that “no president” before him has done more for the evangelical community and said he wouldn’t be reading the publication again.

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Trump continued to criticize the publication throughout the day Friday, claiming he has done more than any other president for "religion itself."

Trump also suggested the publication was looking to support 2020 Democratic hopefuls Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: T-Mobile, Sprint complete merger | Warren pushes food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees | Lawsuit accuses Zoom of improperly sharing user data Warren calls on food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees Biden confirms he's considering Whitmer for VP MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Judge slams Wisconsin governor, lawmakers for not delaying election amid coronavirus outbreak The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden offers to talk coronavirus response with Trump MORE (D-Vt.) or "those of the socialist/communist bent." 

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. 

"For Christianity Today to side with the Democrat Party in a totally partisan attack on the President of the United States is unfathomable," Graham wrote in a Facebook post, cheering the president for his accomplishments and for being " the most pro-life president in modern history." 

The editorial came one day after the House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment against Trump for abusing his office in his dealings with Ukraine and obstructing the congressional inquiry into those dealings.

The House Democrats’ case centers on a July 25 call during which Trump asks Ukraine’s president to “look into” a debunked theory about Kyiv’s involvement in the 2016 Democratic National Committee hack as well as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Overnight Health Care: Trump resists pressure for nationwide stay-at-home order | Trump open to speaking to Biden about virus response | Fauci gets security detail | Outbreak creates emergency in nursing homes 16 things to know today about coronavirus outbreak MORE — a 2020 presidential candidate — and his son Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine.

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Trump has repeatedly defended the call as “perfect” as he did in the tweets on Friday, accusing House Democrats of a partisan attempt to overturn the results of 2016 and damage him ahead of the upcoming presidential election.

The GOP-controlled Senate is widely expected to acquit Trump in a Senate trial come January, though House Democrats have said they will withhold the articles until they see what the process will look like in the upper chamber.

Updated at 1:31 p.m.