Battle for the GOP: Cheney vs. Trump

Chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl reports on the latest power struggle in the GOP and their recent push to pass restrictive voting bills in Florida and Texas.
3:28 | 05/09/21

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Six months after the election, four months since the capitol siege, American politics and government are being shaped by president Biden's policy agenda. Former president trump's personal agenda. Silenced on social media, trump's false claims about the election are the driving force inside the Republican party dividing the old guard from the new, dominating its message. On the brink of losing her leadership post this week, congresswoman Liz Cheney is warning that clinging to trump's cult personality is dangerous to the GOP. That is not the view inside the party right now. Our round table is here to talk about what it all means. Jon Karl starts us off. Reporter: From his gilded exile in mar-a-lago, Donald Trump is showing Republicans he's king of the party. Exhibit one, Liz Cheney. She's the member of congress trump detests the most. She said her party needed to push him aside. Now it's Liz Cheney on the verge of being pushed aside with a vote expected this week to oust her from the house Republican leadership. Liz Cheney isn't being targeted because of some policy disagreement or because she isn't conservative enough. Heck, she voted for the trump agenda more than 90% of the time while he was in the white house. Elise Stefanik, the pick to replace Cheney is a moderate. She even voted against the trump tax cuts which was the signature legislative victory of the trump presidency. When it comes to lies about the election, Stefanik is all in. She voted to overturn Biden. I'm proud to stand up for president trump. Reporter: And this week, she appeared with Steve Bannon, the one-time trump chief strategist who was indicted on fraud charges and pardoned by Donald Trump. Exhibit two, the scene in Florida. Not only did Florida Republicans pass a bill inspired by Donald Trump's lies about election fraud. Governor Ron Desantis signed it at an event sponsored by a trump fan club named club 45, and in a first, he did it live on trump's favorite television show, "Fox & friends." I'm going to sign it right here. It's going to take effect. Reporter: The bill puts new restrictions on voting, including voter I.D. Requirements, and new limits on ballot drop boxes. Now Texas is advancing a bill with more new restrictions on voting. Exhibit three, Arizona where Republicans have embarked on a bizarre quest to find evidence to prove trump's lie the election was stolen. To conduct an audit of ballots, Arizona Republicans have hired a company called cyber ninjas. The company has no experience in election, but it does have an owner who has repeated wild election conspiracy theories. The group is actually testing paper ballots to see if they contain bamboo which conspiracy theorists claim would be evidence they were snuck in from Asia. Back on capitol hill, Mitch Mcconnell has been one of the few Republican leaders willing to challenge trump's election now he says he is focused on something else, stopping all things Biden. 100% of our focus is on stopping this new administration. Reporter: As for president Biden -- I think the Republicans are further away from trying to figure out who they are and what they stand for than I thought they would be at this point. Reporter: Or maybe they have figured it out. The grand old party is after all that has gone down, the party of trump.

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