Trump’s Takeover

The inside story of a president who vowed to take down the Washington establishment, Trump’s Takeover explores Trump’s battle for control of the Republican party as he remakes it in his own image.

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Trump’s Takeover

The Passionate Eye

President Donald Trump’s first year in office has been marked by ongoing turmoil — including in his own Republican party, where presidential tweetstorms, inflammatory rhetoric and high-profile dissent have fueled open conflict.

Trump’s Takeover tells the inside story of how an outsider and novice politician who vowed to take down the Washington establishment, fought and won the war for control of the GOP.

“Our in-depth look at this contest, waged over the first year of Trump’s presidency, is a window into the potential lasting impact of the Trump era on the Republican Party and the American political system as a whole,” says filmmaker Michael Kirk.

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. Through interviews with longtime Republican legislators, senior White House officials, Trump confidantes, authors and journalists, Trump’s Takeover examines how hopes for unified Republican control in Washington were challenged by divisions inside the party. It reveals how Trump has fought for control of the GOP and is remaking it in his own image, publicly attacking those who defy him.

“What the Republican establishment now know is Donald Trump is unequivocally the leader of the Republican Party,” former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski says in the film. “He is the one who sets the tone of what takes place in Washington. He is the leader of the our country, both politically and from a legislative side of things, and I think they’ve learned that over the last year.”

As Washington grapples with the lasting impact Trump’s presidency will have on the American political system, Trump’s Takeover provides an unparalleled look at a president at war over the future of his party.