Latest from Robert Costa

As defeats pile up, Trump tries to delay vote count in last-ditch attempt to cast doubt on Biden victory

Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, has told associates his ambition is to stall the vote certification in an effort to have GOP lawmakers pick electors, a outcome that appears unattainable.
  • Nov 18, 2020

Republicans sound alarm on Georgia Senate runoffs as they privately weigh Trump’s influence

On a private call, GOP senators and allies fret about the changing electorate and look to reach anti-Trump Republicans.
  • Nov 16, 2020

Fear of losing Senate majority in Georgia runoffs drives GOP embrace of Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud

The president has peddled unsubstantiated claims about the vote count in the state, where he trails Joe Biden, and the state’s two GOP senators have challenged the credibility of the Republican secretary of state.
  • Nov 10, 2020

Even in defeat, the embers of Trumpism still burn in the Republican Party

After President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, the question coursing through American politics is what becomes of the movement that has developed behind Trump.
  • Nov 8, 2020

Voices from the fight: An oral history of the four-year movement to defeat Donald Trump

Notable figures and ordinary Americans describe their reaction to Trump's victory in 2016 and describe the moments during his presidency that compelled them to speak out and mobilize against him.
  • Nov 8, 2020

‘I’ve never been there before’: What Trump said about golf and his fear of losing

During an interview with two Washington Post journalists five years ago, then-candidate Donald Trump was asked to contemplate what it would feel like to suffer defeat.
  • Nov 7, 2020

Election reveals deeper divides between red and blue America

The urban-rural divide in the results illustrates the pronounced polarization that Biden would face if he won the White House.
  • Nov 4, 2020

Trump’s den of dissent: Inside the White House task force as coronavirus surges

The U.S. response is increasingly plagued by distrust, infighting and lethargy, just as experts predict coronavirus cases could surge this winter and deaths could reach 400,000 by year’s end.
  • Oct 19, 2020

Turned off by Trump, Maryland’s GOP governor casts write-in vote for Ronald Reagan

Gov. Larry Hogan is campaigning for other Republican moderates, hoping to forge a national network.
  • Oct 16, 2020

‘A Republican Party unraveling’: GOP plunged into crisis as Trump abruptly ends economic relief talks, dismisses virus

Vulnerable Republicans are beginning to distance themselves from Trump although the 11th-hour repositioning may not be enough to stave off defeat.
  • Oct 7, 2020