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Jonathan Karl: Donald Trump and the End of the GOP

In 1964, Ronald Reagan told Americans it was “a time for choosing.” Sixty years later, Republicans have their own choice to make: Are they tired of winning?

Perhaps no one has changed the Republican Party in the modern era as much as Ronald Reagan and one of his successors in office, Donald Trump. But Trump's post-presidency has been as filled with controversy and chaos as his time in the White House. 

Journalist Jonathan Karl has known Trump since his days as a New York Post reporter in the 1990s, and he covered every day of Trump's administration as ABC News's chief White House correspondent. Now he follows up his bestselling book Betrayal with Tired of Winning: Donald Trump and the End of the Grand Old Party. Karl tracks Trump's improbable journey from defeated former president to the dominant force, yet again, in the Republican Party. 

Karl says that from his exile in Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump has become more extreme, vengeful and divorced from reality than he was on January 6, 2021. His meddling damaged the GOP’s electoral prospects for a third consecutive election in 2022. His legal troubles are mounting. Yet he’s re-emerged as the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Join us for this special online-only program when Karl details the former president’s quest for retribution and provides a glimpse at what the GOP would be signing up for if it once again chooses him as its standard bearer.


Karl photo by Brigitte Lacombe.

December 7, 2023

The Commonwealth Club of California
United States

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Jonathan Karl

Chief Washington Correspondent, ABC News; Author, Tired of Winning: Donald Trump and the End of the Grand Old Party; X @jonkarl

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In Conversation with Jonathan Swan

Political Reporter, The New York Times; X @jonathanvswan