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How Christianity Today got it so wrong about Trump

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ANALYSIS: MAG EDITOR’S SWAN SONG IS CLASSIC ‘FIT OF PIQUE’

The Donald is a deeply flawed man. He had an unusual, not particularly happy or normal upbringing. He’s an imperfect president. Sometimes he is annoying.

If you like him, Donald Trump’s Twitter habit is hilarious. If you hate him, he’s a demon.

Trump is as different from most of his base as he can be — they are working class, maybe even the “silent majority,” while he is a multi-millionaire with a big mouth.

Americans knew this in 2016. And yet, evangelical Christians and millions of others — 63 million American voters in all — chose him anyway. They overlooked his failings and decided he represented good policy for restoring sanity and strength to our country.

Not all Republicans voted for him. Some recoiled; they wrote in John Kasich or another person. Others reasoned that Trump would be a far-better cry than having Hillary and Bill Clinton back in the White House. Those voters held their nose and voted for him.

And there were plenty who were on the Trump train from the beginning — they were the true believers. They didn’t need convincing that he was the right person for the job at this time in our nation’s history. They are his biggest cheerleaders today.

In a Must Read Alaska poll on Facebook this week, 94 percent of 2,900 respondents said the impeachment vote in the House of Representatives makes them more likely, rather than less likely to vote for Trump in 2020. Most who take part in MRAK polls are Alaskans, and most are conservatives. But not all. The polls make their way around liberal groups on Facebook, where they get plenty of reach.

Only 171 participants over the course of the 48-hour poll said they are less likely to vote for Trump because of the impeachment proceedings:

What are these Alaskans seeing in the impeachment proceedings that Christianity Today does not see?

They’re seeing the naked political ambition of partisan Democrats, “resist” radicals, pink-pussy-hatted hate-mongers, screaming liberals, and Antifa infiltrators taking over the Democrats’ party, and the news media growing more partisan by the day.

Last week, Christianity Today joined MSNBC, CNN, the New York Times, and the “Democracy Dies in Darkness” Washington Post in saying it is time to remove this president.

Christianity Today editor-in-chief Mark Galli published an editorial that is “so devoid of any pretense of understanding the Constitution I am genuinely embarrassed for evangelicals (of which I am a member). Christians must hold the publication accountable and call this out promptly and directly,” according to constitutional attorney Jenna Ellis, writing in the Washington Examiner.

In 11 months, (10, if you count absentee and early voting) Americans will have a chance to do exactly what Christianity Today hopes they’ll do at the ballot box: Vote for anyone but Trump.

By the time the Senate completes its trial of President Donald J. Trump, there will be but 10 months (or 9 months for early voters) before the election. Joe Biden will, by then, be the likely choice on the other ticket. He still leads the pack for the Democrats.

Will any evangelical actually vote for Biden, now that Christianity Today has declared Trump unfit? Doubtful. Neither will they vote for Elizabeth Warren, or Mayor Pete.

Editor Galli jumped into the fray as he had one foot out the door, leaving the magazine to pick up the pieces, even as evangelical leader Franklin Graham admonished the publication for getting it wrong.

Indeed, Galli fell hook, line, and sinker for Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “wrap-up smear,” a version of Saul Alinsky’s #13th Rule for Radicals:

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

Pelosi described how the “wrap-up smear” works. She had it memorized, because it’s a big part of her toolkit.

The nation remains conflicted about Trump, but he has won over support from some who did not vote for him the first time around. Why? Because he is just himself in a dangerous and unpredictable world, where despots and criminals rule, where our borders have become a sieve through which traffickers and terrorists pass. He’s not afraid to take on the corrupt leaders of other nations.

The fact that other leaders across the world do not like Donald Trump is refreshing. They also didn’t like George W. Bush. They don’t like “strong defense” American presidents, while those in other countries fawned over Barack Obama, and still pine for him today.

Democrats miss the Obamas. Who can, after all, forget about the limit of chicken tenders allowed American school children under Michelle Obama’s lunch program, while her own daughters dined like princesses at the exclusive Sidwell Friends prep academy?

All the while, in the post-Obama era, the American economy is growing again and prosperity is spreading across the land. The president has restored our military strength, and taken on the Deep State, is putting reasonable judges on the courts and is unwinding the Obamacare disaster.

Did most Americans vote for Trump? No, 65 million cast their fate with Hillary Clinton, who ran on a theme of her extensive political experience (who can forget her “reset” with Russia?), who denounced Trump and his base of support as bigots (“basket of deplorables”), who promised an expansion of President Barack Obama’s socialistic policies, such as Obamacare and open borders. She promised free college tuition. She promised to restrict gun ownership.

Trump, on the other hand, had no actual political experience. He is from a hardball, tough world of business deals, some of which succeeded, others that ended poorly. He’s been married three times. He’s the ultimate wheeler-dealer who broke all the conventional political rules going into the 2016 general election, surviving a field of 17 Republican candidates, many of whom had a lot more experience than he had, and a lot fewer ex-wives.

He wasn’t supposed to win; the smarties of the chattering class predicted that Clinton would sweep him off the map.

There are flawed leaders throughout history in every nation, but this impeachment is ultimately about the Constitution, not about moral failings or personal distaste.

Christianity Today’s retiring Editor Mark Galli once authored the book, “Jesus, Mean and Wild.” It’s about how the meek and mild “nice guy” Jesus is mythical. Instead, he presents him as a militant Messiah, unmanageable and a reflection of an untamable God.

While in Galli’s world view, Jesus could be mean and wild, he’s not giving that same latitude to human leaders that make him sick with hatred.

He wrote that Trump’s failings will “crash down on the reputation of evangelical religion and on the world’s understanding of the gospel. And it will come crashing down on a nation of men and women whose welfare is also our concern.”

M-Kay. Galli conveniently forgets that we live in an insane world, and that Trump has handled foreign and domestic affairs masterfully in his three years.

Trump is not the president all of us would want to spend Christmas with. He is coarse and urbane. He’s a certain kind of person, informed by his own experience of the world. He’s a bit of an oddball. He’s not your classic Christian … or is he? There is nary a Christian reading this today who can clear the moral high jump of pro-abortion, anti-Second Amendment Nancy Pelosi.

With the unrelenting attacks of the vitriolic Left, Trump is more like the president this country needed to keep in check our constitutional rights and secure our nation’s fundamental underpinnings. To the extent that Congress has let him, he has delivered on his promises, including the recent complete overhaul of NAFTA with the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

The question will be to voters — evangelicals, women, African American, disaffected, young, old, rich, and poor — to decide if we still need this kind of president for four more years.

What Christianity Today last did was merely to give comfort to Trump’s political enemies and the media, (but we repeat ourselves) at a time when the Democrats needed that kind of boost. They’re losing ground as Trump gains support. The magazine provided just noise, and the noise did not have the effect intended.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • I will do my part come “Trash Day 2020”, 6 plastic House Democrat bags full of Schiff.

  • Amen.

  • So let me get this straight……Trump is immoral by Christianity Today’s standards. Let me guess:. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, who gave us a combined net of 16 years full of sex scandals, money scandals, racial disruptions, immigration horrors, political bribery, theft, mysterious deaths, lies, wrongful convictions, abuse of power, etc… etc…., But Trump is the immoral person? Christianity Today’s editor just retired……with another sad case of TDD. Sick! Hope he gets 16 years of mental therapy.

    • Well said!!

    • Tim, what is a racial disruption exactly?

      I am pretty sure that Christianity Today was highly critical of Clinton and Obama. Not sure why you think whataboutism would work there. I guess just a habit you have?

      Curious, what se x scandal did Obama have? And what money scandal? Or immigration horror? Was it like paying off a hooker? Or creating a fake charity? Or detaining children and separating them from their parents? Or like bribing a foreign government to dig up dirt on a political rival? Hmmmm, that actually sounds like Trump’s short 3 years in office. Why are you trying to criticize Obama for that? Is it because he didn’t do any of that?

      • Just don’t look at 850 million FISA searches and skullduggery in Libya, Syria and the Ukraine and there really isn’t anything to see with 0bama admin.

        • Sure thing. Free beer tomorrow too, right? Looking forward to seeing what Guiliani presents to the American people. I’m sure his allies in Ukraine are working in America’s best interest…

          • I’m sure that Joe Biden’s former allies in Ukraine are hoping that Giulianni doesn’t prove too deep.

          • Johnnie, Guiliani’s allies are disgraced prosecutor Viktor Shokin. You would get the joke if you were actually informed. sorry it flew over your head.

      • “if I had a son, he would look like Trevon Martin”. Barak Hussein Obama…..US President. THOSE, my friend are the words of a rascist president.

  • I didn’t hire Trump to teach boy scouts to my kids. I hired him to run the country and clean up the anarchy mess the dims created. He is doing that.

  • Loved the article! Mark Galli has his own made-up image of God, and has left the truth behind. His article is shameful. I hope that he wrote it because of moral confusion and perverseness in his heart and not for a secret payoff.

  • Suzanne, you are a spectacular writer! I really appreciate your talent and way with words.

  • Christianity Today is, in my estimate, a left-wing PC editorial, and they are split on Biblical principles. The very fact they are split on God’s word about homosexuality is proof enough.

    Not since Ronald Reagan has prayer been established in the White House, and not since George Washington has prayer been used in the White House for guidance, until know with President Trump. America has been given a reprieve from her sins from a nation praying in 2016 thanks to the call by Billy and Franklin Graham for a nation to turn from her ways. When the Democrats and RINOs take full charge again you will see the fall of America as you know it. The party of abomination!!!

    • Christianity Today was founded by Billy Graham. It is NOT a left-wing PC editorial. It is an evangelical magazine. Your understanding of facts is an abomination.

      • What does “evangelical” mean this week? LGB in the pulpit or T’s too? Being founded by Billy Graham or Truett Cathy only means that they’re going to become a leftist skinsuit sooner than later.

        • Same thing it always means. If you have to make up your facts to suit your bias, then you can define it anyway you’d like though. So what’s the flavor this week? You need evangelicals to be liberals so you can throw them under the bus for criticizing your dear leader? Fine. Go ahead and make up some more facts.

          • Who is this “them” you are speaking of? I don’t identify with the “hello fellow hew-mans” crowd. Commie infiltrators get thrown under the bus on their own merits not for the nametag they stole off the guy they shot out behind the chemical shed.

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            This behavior is well documented after leftists removed James Dobson and Phyllis Schlafly from their respective organizations (for a couple of examples).

          • Art, try working on your reading comprehension instead of asking stupid questions. Try to follow along. If you can.

      • Billy Graham’s son and followers have denounced the publication. Don’t you read?

  • The SJWs make skinsuits of any organization that they don’t have the SPLC label as a hate organization. It really surprised me the the editor-in-chief over at CT blew his chance on this. I guess the left is pretty scared about what an honest lawman might find out about their doings in Ukraine.

    • An honest lawman like Rudy Guiliani? Or Michael Cohen? Strange that so many of Trump’s henchmen are facing prison time… especially when they’re supposed to be rooting out corruption.

      • What was Hunter Biden doing in Ukraine? Simple question that leftists don’t have an answer for.

        • Hunter Biden got booted from West Point for cocaine use and possession. Next, he married the wife of his dead brother, Beau. Then, she divorced him because he was with too many hookers. I can’t figure if Joe Biden as president would give us four years of Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter.

          • Solid choice for a company board right? Who wouldn’t want to pay him millions of dollars?

          • Did the Ukranians donate to the Clinton Foundation too? Who cares if it was foreign aid from US taxpayers. Clinton’s take it up front, in the back and any old way. As long as it’s dirty………..the Democrat Way.

        • “What was Hunter Biden doing in Ukraine?” Selling access to the highest levels of American government. Leftists know the answer, they just can’t admit it because Joe is their only hope.

          • It was worse than that. Old Vicky Nuland was pulling off a coup in the hopes of kicking off a war for profit and placing a stranglehold on the U.S. using illegal FISA searches for her boss Hillary. The contents of that bathroom server: 10% Benghazi/90% something FAR worse.

            .

            How much blackmail material do you suppose Cankles has direct access to?

          • The ONLY hope the Democrats have in 2020 is if Joe Biden can actually deliver something original, like doing more pushups than Trump. I hope Trump is in the exercise room. Biden looks like he could do a half a push-up, so long as he has some help …… and another Democrat keeping count.

          • Steve, what access are you referring to?

          • Art, what about Vicky Nuland? You conspiracy theorists crack me up. You can’t admit Trump directly asked for foreign governments helping him beat a domestic political rival (you don’t care, or you can’t comprehend) yet you make up these stories that diplomats are attempting a coup for following the law. Get real. Your cult mentality is only exposing your team for the traitorous actors they are.

          • Rich,

            Are you aware that Joe Biden was the Vice President of The United States, and that his son is the Hunter Biden I was speaking of?

  • Michael Cohen is a liar who needs to be behind bars. Even though Democrats have a very short memory, I would like to remind them how Rudi Gulliani really cleaned up New York City and did his part to help heal us after 9/11.

  • The bottom line here is “Whomsoever blesses Israel, Yahweh will bless – and whomsoever curses Israel, Yahweh will curse.”
    Trump has blessed Israel, and will continue to do so – and Yahweh has blessed Trump, and will continue to do so.
    Be an atheist , an Anti-Semite, be whatever, but it is what it is, and you can’t change it.

  • Brilliant synopsis, Suzanne.

    Perhaps those surface characteristics that seem to drive liberals and rinos crazy about the President are somehow, well, appropriate. Not for one minute does anyone believe the left would let up it’s unrelenting attacks even if model of decorum, Mike Pence were President.

  • This essay is a trip to Loonyville!

    “M-Kay. Galli conveniently forgets that we live in an insane world, and that Trump has handled foreign and domestic affairs masterfully in his three years.”

    If that ain’t codswallop nothing ever will be.

    “He is coarse and urbane.”

    Of course you have a different dictionary than librools! BUT the standard issue that is still used in those stupid places like schools and libraries does not conflate ‘coarse’ and ‘sophisticated’.

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