Trump blames his longtime lawyer and many others for the situation he is in now, although he has not accepted any responsibility publicly or privately, people who know his reaction told CNN. Giuliani is expected to play a role in defending Trump’s accusation, but has been left out of most conversations so far.
Another source of Trump’s anger is House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who angered Trump on Wednesday by saying he was responsible for last week’s riots. The president was already upset with McCarthy after the California Republican left the choice to accuse Trump at the table in a letter to colleagues earlier this week.
A White House adviser told CNN that “everyone is angry with everyone” inside the White House, with the president upset because he believes people are not defending him enough.
“He is in a state of self-pity,” the source said, with Trump protesting that he has been under siege for five years and considering the latest increase as a continuation of that.
However, many people close to Trump consider the current situation different from his first charge, when he was accused of pushing the Ukrainian government to dig dirt in Biden to try to influence the presidential election.
“His actions led here, no one else,” said the White House adviser, adding, “he instigated a mob to charge the Capitol building to stop certification, he is not going to find many likeable Republicans.”
During the last indictment attempt, Trump allied himself inside and outside the White House, publicly defended him, and sent chat points throughout the indictment. No such effort was made this time around, with the Republican leadership deciding not to pressure their colleagues to stay in line and allow them to vote for their conscience. Ten Republicans voted with each Democrat to pass the single article in the category.
With his favorite way of communicating – Twitter – no longer available to him after Trump was banned from the social network on Friday, another person close to the White House was worried that Trump might attack further.
“It’s pierced in the house, that’s never good. It’s on its own, not a lot of people to come up with ideas – whenever that happens it goes to its worst instincts,” he said. “Now that Twitter is not available, God only knows what the store will be like.”