Donald Trump Feuds With the GOP

ABC News' Jon Karl and political analyst Matthew Dowd on whether more Republicans will distance themselves from their party's presidential nominee.
3:02 | 08/03/16

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Let's talk about with our political analyst Jon Karl and Matthew dowd and let me begin with you. We say this a lot. We've never seen anything like this. But you have panic at the top ranks of the republican party. Trump seems to be at war with the entire party establishment. Right now you're reporting something startling. Senior officials inside the republican party actually exploring what to do if trump drops out. This is absolutely unprecedented. First of all, I am told RNC chairman reince priebus is furious he has had multiple discussions with trump telling him he needs to drastically change course. Here's the news, I am told senior officials at the party are actively exploring what would happen if trump dropped out. How to replace him on the ballot. The answer, George, is they can't force him out. He would have to go out voluntarily then it would be the 168 members of the RNC through a complicated process that would pick a new candidate. It would have to happen by early September. They think that's a real possibility. He is so unpredictable right now. He is -- they are so unable to control his message that they just don't know and clearly think it is a possibility which is why they're looking at these rules. Matthew dowd, let's look at the calculation for other republican leaders. So far Paul Ryan even though he's not endorsed by Donald Trump, John McCain meeting with Mike pence overnight, the vice presidential candidate but not rescinding his endorsement either. At what point do the calculations change? Well, I think that's a really good question, George. I think first of all there is a question of principle. Is this the candidate they want to stand by in the course of this as a principled stand and seem to have answered that which is yes. I think at some point if he deteriorates, let's keep in mind he's still within shouting distance of Hillary Clinton after all of this. We haven't seen the results of the last 24 hours, but, George, Donald Trump reminds me of the movie "Tin cup" where the Kevin Costner character keeps dropping the ball and hitting it in the lake and ends up on the 13th hole where the crowd is watching. We are watching it unfold in a way we've never seen before. One of the reasons, Jon Karl, some of the republicans still standing by trump, it appears that he still has some ability to raise some money for them. He does and, George, I have to say the frustration is especially deep because they believe that Hillary Clinton looks vulnerable, exactly as Matthew said and had a bad few days, the dnc has gone through a whole shake-up. She misstated what that director said about her e-mails. One top official told me if trump had gone on vacation for the past two weeks, he would be in the lead. But, yes, he can still raise money and still has support among the republican rank and file. It appears to be masking Hillary Clinton's weaknesses, Matt. It does. Two flawed characters, candidates in the course of this with the highest unfavorability rating we've seen in a presidential contest and environment that helps Donald Trump. I think that's what most frustrates republicans in this. They think this is that perfect time to capture the white house and they have somebody that keeps committing pilot error in the course of this day in and day out. Okay, Matthew dowd, Jon Karl, thanks very much.

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