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GOP doubts and anxieties about Trump burst into the open

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Posted at 6:33 PM, Aug 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-19 18:33:51-04

Republicans across the country are expressing deep doubts about President Donald Trump's competency and temperament following his racially fraught comments about a deadly neo-Nazi rally.

The Associated Press interviewed more than two dozen GOP elected officials, donors and political operatives in the days after the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Most questioned whether Trump has the self-discipline to successfully push through the party's agenda.

Eric Cantor, the former House minority leader from Virginia, said Trump's handling of the protests was a "turning point" for many Republicans.

Importantly, the Republicans interviewed did not line up behind some course of action or an organized break with the president. Some expressed hope the recent shakeup of White House advisers might help Trump get back in control of his message and the GOP agenda.