Isaac Arnsdorf, Washington Post

Isaac Arnsdorf

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Past articles by Isaac:

In N.H. stop, Trump embraces woman convicted in Jan. 6 case

The former president has steadily escalated his advocacy for people charged in the Capitol riot staged by a pro-Trump mob. → Read More

Trump’s grip on the Republican base is slipping — even among his fans

Interviews in pivotal electoral states show Donald Trump maintains a bond with his GOP voters but faces rising interest in a new standard-bearer. → Read More

Far-right election denier beats Trump’s pick for Michigan GOP

Kristina Karamo, who refused to concede her run for secretary of state, beat Donald Trump’s choice in a chaotic convention. → Read More

GOP hopefuls’ past positions on Social Security loom over 2024 primary

Donald Trump is going after Ron DeSantis and other potential GOP rivals, seizing on the same divisions over federal spending President Biden is seeking to exploit. → Read More

Koch network to back alternative to Trump after sitting out recent primaries

The return of one of the biggest spenders in U.S. politics to the presidential primary field poses a direct challenge to the former president’s comeback bid. → Read More

Trump’s isolation deepens as Georgia loss adds to 2024 bid’s rocky start

The former president’s three-week-old campaign is reeling from a string of controversies and setbacks that has escalated criticism of Trump within the GOP. → Read More

Trump expected to announce presidential bid again amid GOP uncertainty

The former president has been eager to declare his candidacy, hoping to get ahead of likely rivals and potential criminal charges. → Read More

How Trump, infighting and flawed candidates limited Republican gains

The midterms looked like a GOP lock. But Republicans' historic tail winds collided with the fractious reality of a party in the midst of a generational molting. → Read More

GOP hopefuls stump for election deniers despite distancing from Trump lies

Mike Pence, Nikki Haley and others who have rejected the former president’s false claims about the 2020 election are still backing candidates who promote them. → Read More

How the ‘Never Trump’ movement became ‘Never Trumpism’

Some disaffected Republican politicians, strategists and donors are working to peel away voters from the party’s Trump-inspired nominees in close races. → Read More

CPAC backpedals on pro-Russia tweet as some U.S. conservatives back Putin

The prominent conservative group decried “gift-giving to Ukraine” while adopting Putin’s view of “Ukraine-occupied territories.” → Read More

Trump escalates attacks on McConnell with ‘DEATH WISH’ post

An incendiary and racist message from the former president raised concerns about inciting more violence. → Read More

How Kevin McCarthy’s political machine worked to sway the GOP field

Allies spent millions in a sometimes secretive effort to weed out candidates who could cause the House leader trouble or jeopardize GOP victories in November. → Read More

How a QAnon splinter group became a feature of Trump rallies

An offshoot of the extremist movement called Negative48 is thronging Trump political events, causing tensions with the former president’s team. → Read More

Pa. governor hopeful bets he can win by not moderating Trumpian stances

The GOP nominee in Pennsylvania is embracing Trump and testing whether the base of support that prevailed in a fractured primary can win in November. → Read More

Trump is rushing to hire seasoned lawyers — but he keeps hearing ‘No’

The former president’s current legal team includes a Florida insurance lawyer who’s never had a federal case, a past general counsel for a parking garage company and a former host at far-right One America News. → Read More

More than 100 GOP primary winners back Trump’s false fraud claims

A Washington Post analysis shows the former president’s election denialism has become a price of admission in many Republican primaries. → Read More

Trump, Cruz join NRA leaders in defiant response to Uvalde shooting

Former president Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, among other speakers, broadly rejected proposals for new restrictions and called instead of more school security or mental health screenings, while issuing dark warnings of Democratic plots to take weapons. → Read More

NRA holds convention in Houston days after Texas school shooting

Republican leaders, including Donald Trump, will address the event that is expected to draw protesters. → Read More

For the Bush dynasty, a Texas race could be ‘the end of the line’

As George P. Bush has run for Texas attorney general, his family's storied political dynasty has proven to be a heavy weight in a party now in thrall to a different famous surname. → Read More