Christianity Today Editor-in-Chief Mark Galli, who wrote the op-ed calling for Donald Trump’s removal from office due to his “profound” immorality, says that his publication has seen an overall significant boost in subscribers after the article came out. Although CT did lose some subscribers, Galli told MSNBC that they’ve been replaced by three times as many new subscriptions.
Christianity Today receives boost in new subscriptions after calling for Trump's removal, editor in chief says https://t.co/smXYYL72tZ— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) December 22, 2019
“A stereotypical response is ‘thank you, thank you, thank you’ with a string of a hundred exclamation points—’you’ve said what I’ve been thinking but haven’t been able to articulate, I’m not crazy,’” said Galli on Sunday. “We have lost subscribers but we’ve had 3 times as many people start to subscribe.”
The centrist Evangelical magazine quickly attracted a whole lot of controversy and criticism, including from Trump himself, after the op-ed was published last week.
....have a Radical Left nonbeliever, who wants to take your religion & your guns, than Donald Trump as your President. No President has done more for the Evangelical community, and it’s not even close. You’ll not get anything from those Dems on stage. I won’t be reading ET again!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2019
Galli pushed back on the assertions that CT is a “far-left magazine” in multiple interviews, pointing out that Trump seems to have a habit of characterizing anyone who disagrees with him as being far-left.
“We consider ourselves, and most people consider us a pretty centrist magazine in the Evangelical world,” he said on CNN. “I suppose anyone who’s not far-right, he would consider far-left.”
Overall, Galli still believes that there is strong support for Trump in the wider U.S. Evangelical community, which tends to lean heavily toward the right. Due in large part to Trump’s signaling of support for anti-choice causes and for what they see as defending “religious liberty” (except when that religion is Islam), many Evangelicals still have a “deep and profound attachment to the president.”
“Unfortunately some of my brothers and sisters considered him appointed by the Lord and what I would consider extreme language in that regard,” he said.
These include the over 100 Evangelical leaders who signed a letter to CT President Timothy Dalrymple. The letter essentially accuses Galli of doing exactly what he intended to do, but they don’t like it one bit.
“Your editorial offensively questioned the spiritual integrity and Christian witness of tens-of-millions of believers who take seriously their civic and moral obligations,” the letter reads.
Of course, you can be serious and wrong at the same time.