Current EIC Mark Galli, who retires from the magazine next week, ended his tenure with a bang. He described Trump as immoral for pushing Ukraine to investigate a political opponent in exchange for foreign aid.
“We believe the impeachment hearings have made it absolutely clear, in a way the Mueller investigation did not, that President Trump has abused his authority for personal gain and betrayed his constitutional oath," Galli writes. "The impeachment hearings have illuminated the president’s moral deficiencies for all to see.”
It's an overstatement to assert than everyone sees the president's moral deficiencies and interprets facts about his conversations with Ukraine's president the same way. The impeachment vote in the House of Representatives was split along party lines, again demonstrating a significant divide among lawmakers presented with the same facts.
Ninety-nine percent of Republican white evangelical Protestants oppose the impeachment and removal of Trump from office, according to a recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization. That percentage is higher than the 94% of overall Republicans who oppose the impeachment and removal of Trump.
The president and other evangelical leaders have attacked Galli for the editorial, questioning whether his opinion was rooted in Christian principles. The dispute over the editorial is likely to remain internecine among evangelicals, with little effect on Trump support.