In the latest episode of the Talking Politics podcast, David Runciman, Gary Gerstle and Helen Thompson discuss the state of the Trump presidency, from impeachment and cover-ups to Syria and Ukraine. They ask what it would take for Republican senators to desert him and what the collateral damage is likely to be for the Democratic presidential candidates.

‘I don't think any American president has been so unabashed in his contempt for the procedures of American democracy. So if the Democrats can hook this specific act into this broader story of what is it that makes America “America”; what is it that makes America a democracy, they could have a very powerful case. But they have to do it while always facing a counter-puncher who is constantly going to be trying to muddy the waters. One thing we can count on is that Trump will break every norm of politics in order to defend himself and to survive.’ – Gary Gerstle

Related pieces in the LRB:

Christopher Hitchens on Donkey Business in the White House (February 1998)

David Runciman on the Mueller Report (June 2019)

Deborah Friedell on Trump and his pursuit of success (October 2015)