Josh Dawsey and Sarah Pulliam Bailey have done some great reporting here. A few interesting nuggets:
- Dawson and Bailey raise the same point I made yesterday: “Even a slight drop in support among these [evangelical] voters could be detrimental to the president’s reelection hopes….”
- Yesterday the Trump campaign announced that they were launching “Evangelicals for Trump” on January 3, 2020 in Miami. Dawson and Bailey write: “While the event was already in the works, it was announced Friday to appease the president, who also wants evangelical leaders to come to the White House in January, according to one White House official.”
- Galli said that he was under no illusion that his editorial would “change many minds.”
- Galli “likened the president to a wife abuser who also has good qualities.”
- James Dobson was upset that Galli’s editorial “did not state who should replace Trump.”
- Doug Birdsall, head of the Lausanne Movement and a former CEO of the American Bible Society, wrote: “Those who have perhaps sat in silence not wanting to be divisive or political realize there’s a certain point where . . . the dangers outweigh the choice of remaining silent…“It’s morally powerful.” He added: “There’s a sense that so-called evangelicals have a greater love for Trump than they do for Christ. Evangelicals have become synonymous with Trump. When you think of evangelicals, you don’t think about Jesus and the Bible, you think of red hats and Trump….”
- David Sutter, the pastor at York Bible Church in York, Pennsylvania, canceled his subscription to Christianity Today. He was a longtime subscriber. (NOTE: Others on Twitter have said they subscribed or donated to the magazine today).
- Galli’s children thought he was a real celebrity yesterday. “He was on CNN nearly every hour Friday, wearing a sweater vest to calmly discuss the piece.”
Read the entire piece here.