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The Atlantic Cover Throws Down the Gauntlet: ‘IMPEACH’

The Atlantic‘s next cover is a stunning one: it calls for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

The cover story, penned by senior editor Yoni Appelbaum, spends more than 7,000 words making the case for impeachment, first explaining: “Starting the process will rein in a president who is undermining American ideals—and bring the debate about his fitness for office into Congress, where it belongs.”

The cover of the March issue puts the call for impeachment in stark visual terms (image via Atlantic.com editor Adrienne LaFrance):

Trump “has mounted a concerted challenge to the separation of powers, to the rule of law, and to the civil liberties enshrined in our founding documents,” Appelbaum writes in his story. “He has purposefully inflamed America’s divisions. He has set himself against the American idea, the principle that all of us—of every race, gender, and creed—are created equal.”

Appelbaum also gives an explanation of impeachment, arguing too many Americans mistake the process for a “dangerous threat to the constitutional order.”

“Impeachment, in fact, is a vital protection against the dangers a president like Trump poses,” Appelbaum counters. “And, crucially, many of its benefits—to the political health of the country, to the stability of the constitutional system—accrue irrespective of its ultimate result. Impeachment is a process, not an outcome, a rule-bound procedure for investigating a president, considering evidence, formulating charges, and deciding whether to continue on to trial.”

Read the Atlantic piece here.

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