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Trump moped alone in 'self-pity mode' at the White House residence as he was impeached for the 2nd time, reports say

Published by Business Insider on Thu, 14 Jan 2021


<p><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/6000117ffe7e140019f7edcd-2107/trump-rose-garden-sad.jpg" border="0" alt="Trump rose garden sad" data-mce-source="AP Photo/Evan Vucci" data-mce-caption="President Donald Trump arrives to speak at an event on &amp;quotprotecting seniors with diabetes&amp;quot in the Rose Garden White House, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Washington."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>President Donald Trump cloistered himself in the White House in "self-pity mode" as the House impeached him for the second time, <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/politics/live-news/house-trump-impeachment-vote-01-13-21/h_ba9752fdf65b29ad98f4031e63fe8b52">CNN</a> and <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-isolated-impeachment/2021/01/13/0595675a-55b6-11eb-a931-5b162d0d033d_story.html">The Washington Post</a> reported.</p><p>On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-impeached-second-time-house-of-representatives-capitol-riots-2021-1">to impeach Trump</a> over his role in <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-claims-rally-capitol-riot-totally-appropriate-impeachment-2021-1">inciting his supporters</a> who went on to storm the US Capitol and <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/capitol-riot-photos-damage-aftermath-congress-house-senate-pro-trump-2021-1">destroy federal property</a> on January 6. Five people <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/second-capitol-police-officer-dies-howard-liebengood-senate-2021-1">died as a result</a> of the violence.</p><p>The president was impeached by the House in February 2020 but later <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-acquitted-senate-impeachment-trial-ukraine-2020-2">acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate</a>. But he now appears more likely to be convicted by the Senate, with <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-senate-impeachment-trial-conviction-lifetime-ban-holding-federal-office-2021-1">a number of Republican Party senators turning on him</a> in recent weeks.</p><p>Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-senate-impeachment-trial-conviction-lifetime-ban-holding-federal-office-2021-1">"seriously entertaining" a vote to convict Trump</a> and bar him from holding a federal-government position again, GOP sources told Insider.</p><p>As House impeachment proceedings elapsed on Wednesday, the president cut a sad figure, White House staffers told news outlets.</p><p>"He's been holed up in the residence, that's never a good thing," a White House source told CNN at the time.</p><p>"He's by himself, not a lot of people to bounce ideas off of, whenever that happens he goes to his worst instincts."</p><p><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5f99c8fc69331a0011bc5d91-1500/GettyImages-1228427618.jpg" border="0" alt="donald trump white house" data-mce-source="Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images" data-mce-caption="President Donald Trump departs after speaking about his list of potential Supreme Court nominees in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on September 9, 2020 in Washington, DC."></p><p>"He's in self-pity mode," another White House advisor told CNN, adding that "everybody's angry at everyone" at the White House.</p><p><strong data-stringify-type="bold"><em data-stringify-type="italic">Read more</em></strong><em data-stringify-type="italic">:</em><em data-stringify-type="italic"><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/capitol-riot-custodial-staff-cleanup-janitors-maga-trump-white-supremacists-2021-1'r=oo-pol" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-stringify-link="https://www.businessinsider.com/capitol-riot-custodial-staff-cleanup-janitors-maga-trump-white-supremacists-2021-1'r=oo-pol" data-sk="tooltip_parent">'It was degrading': Black Capitol custodial staff talk about what it felt like to clean up the mess left by violent pro-Trump white supremacists</a></em></p><p>One reason for Trump's melancholia was his frustration with aides and advisors for not sticking with him in his time of need, <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-isolated-impeachment/2021/01/13/0595675a-55b6-11eb-a931-5b162d0d033d_story.html">The Washington Post reported</a>.</p><p>A cluster of top US officials have <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/white-house-officials-resign-after-violent-siege-on-capitol-2021-1">quit their jobs in response to the Capitol riot</a>, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, deputy national security advisor Matthew Pottinger, and chief of staff to the First Lady Stephanie Grisham.</p><p>That Trump is upset with his staff is not new.</p><p>Since losing the election, the president has been angry with aides, officials, and advisors whom he believed did not back him hard enough in his baseless claims of voter fraud.</p><p>According to multiple reports, Trump has <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-angry-pence-not-supporting-overturn-election-attempts-report-2020-12">singled out Vice President Mike Pence</a> for his apparent lack of loyalty.</p><p>Before the January 6 riot at the Capitol, <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-told-pence-you-can-go-down-in-history-report-2021-1">Trump called Pence</a>, who was at the time tasked with certifying President-elect Joe Biden's election victory, and told him: "You can either go down in history as a patriot, or you can go down in history as a p---y," <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/12/us/politics/mike-pence-trump.html'referringSource=articleShare">The New York Times reported</a>.</p><p>During the impeachment vote, Trump was also upset with Rudy Giuliani, his personal attorney, The Post reported.</p><p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/60001460fe7e140019f7edd6-2000/GettyImages-1294968816.jpg" border="0" alt="Trump riot" data-mce-source="Getty Images" data-mce-caption="Trump addresses supporters in Washington DC on January 6, 2021, ahead of an attack on the US Capitol"></p><p>Trump recently <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-told-aides-not-pay-rudy-giuliani-upset-2021-1">told aides not to pay Giuliani</a> his legal fees and said he will need to personally approve any travel expenses claimed by Giuliani for his work contesting the US election result.</p><p>"The president is pretty wound up," a senior administration official told The Post, with a former administration official telling the newspaper: "He is feeling increasingly alone and isolated and frustrated."</p><p>Trump's listlessness on Wednesday was welcomed by administration officials, who say they have no fight left in them, <a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/after-capitol-riots-trump-rants-in-near-empty-white-house-ill-never-say-biden-won'ref=home'ref=home">The Daily Beast reported</a>.</p><p>"Today was a quiet day because that is what everyone wants," a senior White House official told the outlet on Wednesday. "If we can keep things quiet and event-free between now and the Biden [inauguration] that's a victory."</p><p>In the wake of the riot, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Snap <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/jack-dorsey-speaks-twitter-trump-ban-capitol-riots-2021-1">permanently barred Trump</a> for inciting violence.</p><p>A White House source who spoke with CNN said: "Now that Twitter isn't available God only knows what the outlet will be."</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-moped-alone-self-pity-second-impeachment-reports-2021-1#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/pikes-peak-hill-climb-colorado-most-dangerous-racetrack-2020-2">Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America</a></p>
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