Christianity Today, a magazine founded by the late evangelist Billy Graham, published an op-ed Thursday calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office and urging evangelicals not to support him.
"Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by popular vote next election—that is a matter of prudential judgment,” outgoing Editor-in-Chief Mark Galli wrote in the piece. "That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments."
In a series of Tweets on Friday morning, Trump dismissed the criticism, saying Christianity Today is a "far left magazine" and contrasting himself and the Democrats campaigning for the 2020 presidential nomination.
Sojourners President Jim Wallis told CNN International on Friday morning that the editorial was a "huge, watershed event."
"What CT is saying in their editorial is removing Donald Trump from office is now a matter of faith, not politics, and I agree," he said in the interview.
The call for removal may not sway the majority of evangelicals, but Wallis says it might still make a difference in the 2020 election.
"This is a crack in the wall of white evangelical support," he said. "You don't need a whole lot to shift the race. Just a few votes in key places in key states could make the ultimate difference."
CNN reported Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son and a key supporter of Trump, tweeted Friday morning that his father would "not agree" with Christianity Today's op-ed, adding that his father voted for Trump in 2016.
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