Mark Galli, editor in chief of the evangelical magazine Christianity Today, said Sunday President Donald Trump’s defense of the pro-life movement is not enough to offset his “bad character.”
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Galli deflected criticism from other evangelicals who condemned his editorial calling for Trump's removal, and said politics should be set aside for morality.
“It strikes me as strange that for a people who take the teachings of Jesus Christ seriously, the teachings of the Ten Commandments seriously, that we can't at least say publicly and out loud in front of God and everybody, that this man's character is deeply, deeply concerning to us,” he said.
“And in my judgment, has crossed a line, and I no longer think he's fit to lead the United States of America. And I don't say that politically.”
“I am saying to my evangelical brothers and sisters, take your interest in politics and put it aside for a moment and let's start thinking about morality,” he added.
Galli acknowledged, “He gives us what we need on pro-life.”
“But he's got this bad character,” he said. “And my fundamental argument I'm making is we crossed a line somewhere in the impeachment hearings, at least in my mind, that… that balance no longer works.”
“What I'm really arguing in the piece fundamentally is that the president is unfit for office… I'm not really speaking politically… I am making a moral judgment that he is morally unfit.”
Gallie added it’s Trump’s “public morality that makes him unfit.”
“[A] president has certain responsibilities as a public figure to display a certain level of public character and public morality,” he argued. “And the point of my argument is not to judge him as a person in the eyes of God. That's not my job. But to judge his public moral character and ask, ‘has he gone so far that the evangelical constituency that we represent, can we in good conscience do the tradeoff anymore? ‘“
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