While President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office were viewed favorably, former President Donald Trump’s first 100 days out of office didn’t go very well. A report from CNN shows that Trump grew increasingly isolated after the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol that the former president incited. Oh, and revenge seems to be at the top of the list for Trump.
Trump still hasn’t conceded the race he lost handily to Joe Biden in both the electoral and popular vote. But, running again in 2024 would be a concession of sorts.
“More than a dozen Trump aides, confidants, and allies who spoke with CNN — many of whom were granted anonymity to candidly discuss his post-presidency — say the former President, who remains bitter about his defeat in the 2020 election, has nevertheless come to enjoy his status as a GOP kingmaker, relishing his ability to disrupt races or elevate pro-Trump figures against dissenters inside the party,” the outlet reports. “Others noted that he is yearning to return to the White House and claimed that his efforts to build a post-presidential political machine are principally aimed at supporting that goal.”
A source that’s close to Trump told the outlet that it took the former president “several weeks to overcome the isolation he felt after hundreds of his supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6 and he was thrust into a political exile.” Trump also reportedly complained that some Republicans “couldn’t wait to get rid of him.”
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“After he arrived at Mar-a-Lago following a low-key sendoff at Joint Base Andrews the morning of Biden’s inauguration, this person said Trump would talk about forming a third party and complain that Republicans, like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, couldn’t wait to get rid of him — noting that his focus was on the past, not the future, which contributed to the early chaos in his post-presidential operation,” the report continues.
“Most people would leave the White House relieved to have the weight of the world lifted off their shoulders, but for him, it was a reality that took some time to get used to. Those first few weeks, it was not an easy transition,” the person close to Trump told the outlet.
Well, it wasn’t an easy transition for the rest of the country, either. Trump made sure there wasn’t a peaceful transition of power simply because he sustained a public narcissistic injury. It’s always about him. With Trump, it’s Trump first, America last.
You can read the full report here.
Featured image via DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos