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Will President Trump’s term in office be cut short?

YES The reasons for believing that Donald Trump should be removed from the White House today are too numerous to outline in such a brief piece. Fortunately they are also self-evident. Everyone knows he should go, including, presumably, the Republicans in Congress still shoring up his ever more risible and discredited administration.

There are many methods: impeachment, the 25th Amendment (if the vice president and a majority of the cabinet vote that he is “unable to discharge the duties” of his office, a clause that—significantly—doesn’t specify this “inability”), criminal prosecution, or being forced to resign, as happened to President Nixon.

But this will not occur, we are told, because it is not in Republicans’ interests to oust Trump, while their extreme gerrymandering of congressional districts makes it unlikely that the Democrats will be able to take Congress from them in the 2018 midterm elections. Clearly self-interest, of the most venal and despicable kind, is guiding any so-called lawmaker supporting a president so spectacularly incompetent and compulsively dishonest. They want their tax cuts, and they will hold the country hostage to get them.

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In Prospect’s July issue: Steve Richards, Rachel Sylvester and Shiv Malik—as well as Chris Hanretty and Julian Glover—cover the fallout from the recent general election. Richards looks at how the assumptions of centrist politics were upended and how Labour managed to stun the nation—a point that Chris Hanretty explores in more detail, explaining how Corbyn turned the tide for social democracy. Sylvester questions how Theresa May managed to squander her majority—Julian Glover says it wasn’t just May’s failure, the ideas were flawed, too. Shiv Malik explores the remarkable surge in the youth vote and says parties can no longer ignore their concerns. Also in this issue: Dexter Dias argues that to understand terrorism we need to better understand human nature, Paul Wallace looks at the state of the state and asks whether the government is capable of fulfilling large scale changes to the way the state works and Sam Tanenhaus profiles Mike Pence—should we be worried about him becoming the next president?