The fight for the soul of the GOP

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer reports on some Republicans pushing back on President Donald Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party, and the fringe candidates emerging on the right.
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Intra party rebellions are hardly new this year has been extraordinary and is Devin Dwyer reports it's a debate. Over what it means to be Republican and who lays claim to the soul of the GOP. As Republicans rally around Donald Trump the president faces a wave of high profile defections. He is going to hear from more people that served in his administration. And he's going to hear more of them gave the same testimonies that I gave which is that he's ill equipped. To hold the office that he has former members of the trump administration and dozens of veteran GOP officials coming out against strums reelection in his vision for the party's future because I'm gravely concerned about the conduct and behavior of our current president. That I stand here today. Former Arizona senator Jeff flake who's never voted for Democrat on Monday Jordan more than two dozen former Republican members of congress to publicly endorse Joseph Biden. That after 73 Republican national security officials' read newspaper ads calling trump a danger. A view shared by former trump national security advisor John Bolton decisions are made and a varied scattershot fashion. Especially in the potentially mortal field of national security policy. And for Republicans last week went even further speaking out against their own president at the democrats' convention in prime time. In normal times something like this would probably never happen. But these are not normal times. An extraordinary Republican family feud that many in the party's rank and file seem to be shrugging off. The president has sky high support among Republican voters. Drawing enthusiastic crowds increasing record sitting cash more than 165. Million dollars in July alone. Donald Trump is gonna win a November. And the reason he's got to win is because of the results of the last four years Republican congressional candidates like Jay quint turner of Kansas had been giving trumpet unconditional embrace even in close races with Democrats trip has done what he said he was going to do. And we've seen great results. From the divide over Donald Trump and trump ism has raised X essential questions from Republicans both about party identity and loyalty. It's loyalty to Donald Trump a pre requisite to being a Republican right now. I think right now the president has made it the apps that the one defining day he had he had the Democrats certainly pushing not because it helps to have. It's time we talk about this some Republicans are fighting back GOP activist group the Lincoln project spending millions of dollars attacking trump on TV national party leaders insist the values of republicanism remain unchanged. But trump has challenged some of those values since 2016. Giving even his most loyal supporters cause for concern. I wouldn't hold up the president as an example of the kind of this more rule. Or religious. Perspective. Grant now. For each evangelical pastor bark Barbour a former shall Texas plans to vote for trump in November but said he worries about what the president's behavior is doing to the party. I absolutely think that the Republican Party has lost ground with moral people for whom that's the most important thing moral is crucial credibility. Sign themselves. A homeless. A lot of what is right now. There's also tension over trumps him brace at the political fringe. From birth to resume them white nationalism to unwind conspiracy theories like she were none which the FBI calls it domestic terror threat. We'll let you know much about the movement other that I understand they likely very much. Which I appreciate. But I don't know much about the movement. The movement believes his satanic cult of ped files and cannibals his infiltrated the government and that Donald Trump will save it. At least three GOP congressional candidates have openly embraced Q and on. Joseph Ray Perkins of Oregon Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia M born Bober of Colorado. If elected they'd be the first to give the conspiracy theory a foothold in US government. I think we should be very concerned. About president. Said he constantly things whether it be about Q and on whether it be about like Nationalists. It appears doesn't matter what you represent all what you might do if you say he's okay he's okay with you. While top Republicans are strongly disavowed Q and on and white nationalism as many have been careful not to directly or loudly criticized president trump himself. One sign his grip on the party remains firm. And it. Trump wins I think you will see Republicans pull away from this cult of personality. And still have new voices and pull away from his more divisive elements. Any of Donald Trump loses. In November get it do you think the party kind of goes back. To the way it was before he was elected Republicans really would have an opportunity here to be as stark contrast. Two what is gonna be subordinate status. When it's icy and much more diverse Republican Party in the future. For now the president is convinced his Republican Party has a winning message for four more years chapter question is will voters buy it. For ABC news live I'm Devin Dwyer in Washington.

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