The Republican Party has hit depths not seen since the days of the Iraq War. And there's no end in sight for the GOP.
Being viewed as a chronic liar who supports child molesters and doesn't support the values of most voters is not only destroying Donald Trump's standing as president, but it's also causing voters to flee the Republican Party this year.
And they're doing it at a record pace.
According to a CNN report, "Only 38% of Americans self-identify as Republicans or Republican-leaning independents during 2017."
That's down five points in just one year. "That also means roughly one in eight people who identified as Republicans or Republican-leaning in November 2016 no longer do so," CNN reports.
That new low-water mark falls even below the depths that the Republican Party hit in the wake of President George W. Bush's disastrous and costly invasion of Iraq. In fact, it's the lowest mark for the GOP since 1991. And Trump is clearly driving the exodus.
Often overlooked in the hurricane of wrongdoing from the White House is just how widely Trump is despised and what an incredibly low opinion Americans have of Trump as a person.
Instead of seeing a unifying figure of pride, Trump is viewed as a morally questionable man who embarrasses the country. No wonder voters are abandoning the party Trump leads.
From the latest national Quinnipiac poll:
62 - 34 percent that he is not honest
62 - 35 percent that he does not have good leadership skills;
62 - 37 percent, that he does not care about average Americans;
70 - 28 percent that he is not level headed;
57 - 40 percent that he is a strong person;
52 - 45 percent that he is intelligent;
65 - 32 percent that he does not share their values.
With the exception of Richard Nixon, there are few American presidents who so many voters viewed as being personally detestable the way so many see Trump.
All of this is depleting the GOP while giving rise to a looming Democratic wave in 2018.