National Press Club

Politico's Tim Alberta to discuss the fissures in the GOP that led to the election of President Trump at book talk, July 24

July 21, 2019 | By Donna Leinwand Leger | dcleinwand@gmail.com

Politico chief political correspondent Tim Alberta will discuss his new book, "AMERICAN CARNAGE: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump," at a National Press Club Headliners Book Event at 6:30 p.m. July 24.

Politico chief political correspondent Tim Alberta will discuss his new book, "AMERICAN CARNAGE: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump," at a National Press Club Headliners Book Event at 6:30 p.m. July 24.

Politico chief political correspondent Tim Alberta will discuss his new book, "AMERICAN CARNAGE: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump," at a National Press Club Headliners Book Event at 6:30 p.m. July 24.

HarperCollins, the publisher, describes the book as "a rollicking insider’s look at the making of the modern Republican Party." It examines a how a decade of cultural changes, populism, and ideological warfare made the party vulnerable to a takeover by Donald Trump and his supporters.

Tickets cost $5 for Club members and $10 for non-members. When purchasing your tickets online, you will also have the option of buying a book. Books will be available for pick up and signing at the event. You may also purchase a copy of the book at the event.

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As Alberta explains it in "American Carnage," to understand Trump’s victory in the 2016 election is to see him as as the person who created political polarization and partisanship, but rather as its consequence. The Obama presidency and its progressive agenda and changing demographics fired up the Republicans, but led to two factions, one led by absolutists like Jim Jordan and Ted Cruz, the other led by pragmatists like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, Alberta says. The clashes that ensued undermined the GOP's internal structures and allowed for "an outsider to crash the party," the book argues.

The book is based on original reporter and hundreds of exclusive interviews, including with key players such as Trump, Paul Ryan, Cruz, Boehner, McConnell, Jim DeMint, and Reince Priebus.

Proceeds from the book sales will benefit the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the Club, so the Institute asks that you leave all outside books at home.