In a troubling sign for President Trump, leading evangelical magazine Christianity Today denounced him as a "leader of grossly immoral character" Thursday and called for him to be removed from office. Impeachment appears to have been the final straw for editor-in-chief Mark Galli, who writes that although the process was flawed, it was "profoundly immoral" for Trump to attempt to "use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents." That Trump "should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments," writes Galli. The magazine, which was founded by Billy Graham, saw its website crash Thursday night from the increased traffic, USA Today reports.
"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," writes Galli. "We have reserved judgment" on Trump for years, he writes, but now is the time to warn that "no matter how many hands we win in this political poker game, we are playing with a stacked deck of gross immorality and ethical incompetence," and at some point, the game "will crash down on the reputation of evangelical religion." Galli tells the Washington Post that he decided to write the editorial hours after the impeachment vote. "l hate doing editorials like this," he says. "People are going to say mean, nasty things and say how much they hate me or hate the magazine." Click for the full editorial. (Read more Christianity Today stories.)