It’s impeachment day for Donald Trump. In case my politics aren’t already plain: I believe it is necessary to both impeach and remove Trump from office.

Removal is unlikely to happen in practice, of course. This fact should be the final nail in the GOP’s coffin. For it, they must suffer an ignominious electoral defeat in 2020.

Shortly after Trump took office, I wrote:

Trust strikes me as the far more insidious concern. Trust may have been eroding before Trump, but he willfully accelerated the process. I have no doubt that he will continue to sow distrust in our government and media institutions throughout his tenure. This is a poison that will linger, harming our country long after Trump is gone.

I hope he leaves well before 2021. Regardless of when he goes, we have a lot of difficult work ahead of us.