Trump has gotten away with a lot. Throughout the 2016 campaign and his first year in the White House, he has managed to slight just about everyone under the sun, all while flexing his incompetence and general ignorance at every turn.
While the GOP’s deeply unpopular agenda may have something to do with Trump’s abysmal polling numbers, the president’s record low approval rating is largely his own doing. Trump supporters have generally stuck by his side throughout his tumultuous administration, but cracks may be beginning to show.
Pro-Trump pundits have continuously worked to discredit Robert Mueller – the special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election – all while Trump continues to deny Russia’s roll tampering with the nation’s democratic processes. Furthermore, Trump has thrown his weight behind embattled GOP senate candidate Roy Moore, an accused sexual predator and child molester who claims that 9/11 was God’s punishment and believes that Muslims cannot serve as elected officials.
Now, notable conservatives are either growing more critical or jumping ship altogether.
Joe Walsh – famous for his crackpot conspiracy theories and intolerant social views – laid into Fox News for its desperate coverage of Mueller, calling the special counsel “an American hero” and telling the conservative media outlet to “Cut it out.”
In an even more dramatic display of dissent, a former Breitbart employee announced in a column for USA Today that he was leaving the Republican party and joining the Democrats. Kurt Bardella writes that Trump’s support of Roy Moore was the last straw:
This is not a party I want to be associated with any longer.
This is not a party that is trustworthy enough to protect innocent children from sexual predators.
Trump can still cause a lot of damage in the time he has left in office (even if that tenure comes to a premature end). One heartening sign, however, is that the core of support that made this disastrous presidency possible may be eroding. After all, only 38 percent of US citizens currently self-identify as Republicans. This means that the GOP has its lowest level of support since 1991.