According to sources who’ve spoken with CBS correspondent Robert Costa, former U.S. President Donald Trump has allegedly entered a so-called “self-destruct mode” and a state of perpetual isolation from even the closest allies within his circle following the results of the midterm elections.
Costa, who has since spoken with numerous long-time friends and acquaintances of Trump, as well as former aides who’ve worked under him extensively, reportedly found that a common sentiment shared among them all was Trump’s distant behavior.
Moreover, multiple individuals apparently told Costa that the former president has had harsh words for his opponents during the few times he’s spoken out.
Many also expressed that Trump has not been keen on listening to others.
Some of those close to Trump even allegedly complained about his apparent incessant ranting and raving, going as far as to say that they’ve been actively avoiding him; which appears to be a simple task given that the former president has largely remained isolated at Mar-a-Lago, even as his daughter, Tiffany’s wedding is set to take place on Sunday.
Recently, Trump caused quite the stir when he made some disparaging comments about Florida’s Republican Governor, Ron DeSantis.
Despite the latter having insisted that the two of them have maintained a cordial and friendly relationship in the past, Trump took aim at DeSantis at a rally in a way that is reminiscent of his previous scathing remarks typically directed at Democrats or so-called “RINOs” (Republicans in name only.)
Giving DeSantis the disparaging nickname “Ron DeSanctimonious,” Trump didn’t stop there, and even went on to make comments about the name of Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, saying that his name “sounds Chinese.”
In regard to both, Trump was quick to assert that he was to credit for DeSantis and Youngkin rising into positions of power, insisting that his endorsements made it possible for either of them to establish themselves so effectively.
“I have never seen him more irresponsible and chaotic than he is today,” a Trump adviser said of him when speaking with Costa.
“He seems to be in self-destruct mode,” the adviser noted. “It is irresponsible to attack DeSantis and Youngkin, and it’s irresponsible to announce at any time in the near future.”
Following the failure of the expected Republican “red wave,” many seemingly turned on the former president, leaving him to face an abundance of uncharacteristic criticism from within his own party from unexpected places.
Despite handing out many endorsements over the months, many of the candidates Trump zeroed in on failed to win their competitive races.
Moreover, multiple candidates who have espoused beliefs about the 2020 presidential election conspiracy often touted by Trump lost gubernatorial, secretary of state, and attorney general races in battleground states.