PoliticsSunday 05.15.22

GOP Primaries Are the Latest Display of Trump’s Ownership Over the Party

John Heilemann talks with Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, national political correspondents for the New York Times, political analysts for CNN, and authors of the newsmaking account of the 2020 election This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future. Heilemann, Burns, and Martin discuss Donald Trump’s enduring grip on the Republican Party and the power of his endorsement in the wake of J.D. Vance’s Senate primary win in Ohio. They also unpack why Pennsylvania’s contested Republican Senate primary — where Trump endorsed celebrity-turned-politician Mehmet Oz — will be a bigger test of the former president’s political strength and clout. Tune in to the full episode to hear about revelations in their book about the fallout from the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, the depth of the private disdain for Trump among GOP leadership, and why the moment in which Republicans seemed determined to purge Trump from the party proved so fleeting.

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