Trump Slams Evangelical Christianity Today, Calls It Wrong Name: ‘Won’t Be Reading ET Again’

On Thursday, the evangelical publication Christianity Today epically took down Pres. Donald Trump by saying that he must be removed from office.

Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by popular vote next election—that is a matter of prudential judgment. That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments.

Oh, snap, right? When a Republican has pissed off the Fundies, you know that Republican is corrupt.

Well, predictably, Trump hit back at Christianity Today this morning on Twitter, but he inadvertently called them by the wrong name: ET.

“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!” the president added.

Let’s lay out a few facts.

  1. Donald Trump does not read Christianity Today, or rather, as he apparently thinks it’s called, “Evangelical Today.”
  2. Donald Trump probably didn’t even read the article.
  3. Donald Trump does not read, period.

Trump also called the unquestionably conservative publication a “far-left magazine, or very progressive.”

Well, is Christianity Today indeed a “far left” magazine? Mark Galli, the author of the piece, responded to Trump’s tweets on CNN’s New Day on Friday morning.

“Correct, yeah. Well, I suppose I can be somewhat complimented that the president thought it was worth commenting on. Naturally, I disagree with him on seven or eight different levels. His characterization of us as being far-left is far from accurate. We consider ourselves, and most people consider us, a pretty centrist magazine in the evangelical world. We’re certainly not far-right, and I suppose anyone who’s not far-right, he would consider far-left. And that’s his right to say that. It’s factually inaccurate we’re far-left,” Galli stated.

He continued, clarifying how his publication handles politics.

“We rarely comment on politics unless we feel it rises to the level of some national concern that is really important,” he went on. “And this would be a case. We wrote editorials about Clinton during his impeachment process. We wrote editorials about Nixon during his. This struck me as rising to that level, and it needed comment.”

Trump has enjoyed strong support from the evangelical community. Will the Christianity Today piece affect how the Fundies vote? One of my friends, who is a common-sense evangelical, says “probably not.”

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Tiffany Willis Clark is a fifth-generation Texan and the founder and editor-in-chief of Liberal America and AmReading.com. An unapologetic member of the Christian Left, she had a long and successful career actively working with at-risk youth, people struggling with poverty and unemployment, and disadvantaged and oppressed populations. She’s passionate about their struggles. In 2011, she made the decision to pursue her dreams and become a full-time writer. Connect with her on LinkedIn, follow her on Twitter, and like her Facebook page.