Mood inside White House, GOP as Trump faces 2nd impeachment

Chief White House correspondent Jon Karl reports on how another Trump impeachment could affect the future of the Republican party.
1:45 | 01/13/21

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Transcript for Mood inside White House, GOP as Trump faces 2nd impeachment
We bring in our chief white house correspondent Jon Karl and, Jon, what are you hearing? Is the reality of the situation, is it somehow finally singing in with the president this morning? Reporter: Robin, multiple people I have talked to close to the president say he is quite simply divorced from reality. Before his public appearances yesterday, Republican leader house leader Kevin Mccarthy told him that he simply needed to turn the page on this. He needed to call Joe Biden, he needed to accept the fact that he lost the election. He needed to appeal for calm, he needed to take some responsibility, of course, Donald Trump came out and he really did among of that. He made an appeal for calm but also a veiled threat that more violence could come if this impeachment goes forward. So the bottom line is he's been warned by people close to him if he didn't do that, he would face a choice of either getting impeached and convicted in the senate or resigning. The message clearly has not gotten through. What does it mean for the future of the Republican party? Reporter: This has torn the Republican party apart, robin. If you look at what you have now, you have a party divided between those who like Liz Cheney believe Donald Trump has committed the greatest betrayal of the constitution of any U.S. President and those who are still for vently defending him. Those who are trying to appeal to that base of for vent trump supporters and those who believe the party must once again try to appeal to a majority of Americans. This is a situation where Donald Trump did something like he talked about, you know, shooting somebody on fifth avenue. This was arguably worse and now the Republican party faces a moment of truth about what to do about it.

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