Christianity Today, a magazine founded by the late evangelist Reverend Billy Graham, called on Thursday for President Donald Trump’s removal from office in an editorial that branded the effort to get Ukraine to probe Biden as “profoundly immoral.”
Trump questioned Christianity Today’s success and dismissed its push for his removal.
“No President has done more for the evangelical community, and it’s not even close,” Trump tweeted.
Evangelical Christians make up about 25 percent of voters, according to Pew Research, and have been a bedrock of Trump’s support. In 2016, he took over 80 percent of the group’s votes, according to Pew’s polling.
Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, said on Thursday that he was “disappointed” with Christianity Today’s stance and said his father “dissociated himself from the magazine years ago.”
“My father knew Donald Trump, believed in Donald Trump, and in this last election, he voted for Donald Trump,” he told Fox News. “And if he were here today, I’m sure he would tell you that himself.”
Franklin Graham also slammed the Christian news outlet on Facebook.
“Christianity Today released an editorial stating that President Trump should be removed from office, and they invoked my father’s name (I suppose to try to bring legitimacy to their statements), so I feel it is important for me to respond,” he wrote. “Yes, my father Billy Graham founded Christianity Today; but no, he would not agree with their opinion piece. In fact, he would be very disappointed.”
Fewer than half of Americans want Trump removed from office, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday.