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Donald Trump’s first year as president has been marked by unprecedented turmoil: open warfare with Republican leaders; Twitter attacks on GOP senators; and inflammatory statements that rally Trump’s base, outrage Republican legislators and further divide the country. In Trump’s Takeover, FRONTLINE investigates how an outsider and novice politician came to Washington on a promise to “drain the swamp” and inflamed a high-stakes struggle for control of the Republican Party. Through interviews with senior White House officials, Congressional leaders, close Trump confidantes and longtime Republican Party officials, Trump’s Takeover examines how ambitions for unified Republican control in Washington collided with the realities of a deeply divided party. The film explores President Trump’s clash with Congress, his demands for loyalty, his willingness to humiliate fellow Republicans, and Trump’s efforts to reshape the party around divisive cultural issues. As Washington grapples with the lasting impact Trump’s presidency will have on the American political system, FRONTLINE provides an unparalleled look at a president at war over the future of his party.
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