The new issue of The Atlantic features a striking word on its cover. It conveys the sentiment of the majority of Americans.
The cover of the March 2019 issue was published online Thursday reads “IMPEACH” in large, red letters.
“It’s time for Congress to judge the president’s fitness to serve,” the subhead reads.
In the cover story, the publication’s senior editor Yoni Appelbaum argues that Congress can “rein in a president who is undermining American ideals” by starting the impeachment process, taking control of the fitness-for-office debate.
Congressional Democrats have so far largely quashed calls for impeachment, saying making the move would be premature and viewed as partisan overreach.
“If there’s to be grounds for impeachment of President Trump — and I’m not seeking those grounds — that would have to be so clearly bipartisan in terms of acceptance of it before I think we should go down any impeachment path,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said earlier this month.
In The Atlantic piece, which is printed with the headline “The Case for Impeachment,” Appelbaum writes that Trump has “repeatedly trampled” on the Constitution, with his policies, approaches to the investigations surround his administration and attacks on political opponents.
“These actions are, in sum, an attack on the very foundations of America’s constitutional democracy,” he writes.
Appelbaum says that beginning the impeachment process as a way for Congress to take control of the allegations that Trump has committed offenses that may rise to the level of grounds for removal from office.
“With a newly seated Democratic majority, the House of Representatives can no longer dodge its constitutional duty,” Appelbaum writes. “It must immediately open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, and bring the debate out of the court of public opinion and into Congress, where it belongs.”
Here’s the cover:
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) January 17, 2019
Despite a lack of support on Capitol Hill, outside calls for Trump’s impeachment have persisted. Billionaire Democratic megadonor Tom Steyer has led a multi-million dollar impeachment campaign that has included a number of television advertisements pushing for the measure.
Steyer announced earlier this month that he would not seek the presidency in 2020, and will instead pour an additional $40 million into his efforts this year.