Jonathan Karl’s new book “Betrayal,” released Tuesday, documents the historic presidential election, unprecedented claims of fraud, the January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and the stirrings of the novel COVID-19 virus that marked the final days of former President Donald Trump’s presidency.
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Karl, chief Washington correspondent for ABC News, is also the author of New York Times bestseller “Front Row at the Trump Show,” published in 2020. The veteran journalist has indeed had a front row seat throughout the Trump administration. Choice accounts have made their way into “Betrayal.”
Opening with excerpts from a conversation with Trump, Karl chronicles Trump’s feelings about his supporters targeting former Vice President Mike Pence during the Jan. 6 insurrection. karl new book ‘betrayal’
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The response, Karl says, derives from a sense of betrayal by those within Trump’s inner circle. His next moves in the public sphere will be designed to make “his erstwhile friends and allies pay a price for their betrayal,” a plan that made Trump “gleeful,” according to Karl.
Trump has “fond memories” of Jan. 6, Karl wrote, “and believes that if events just had played out a little differently, he’d still be president.”