biggest loser

After being cucked by Ron DeSantis on a world stage, Trump turns his ire toward Melania and Dr. Oz

Tuesday’s midterm elections were supposed to be the prelude to Donald Trump‘s big comeback as both a political kingmaker and the 2024 Republican frontrunner for President of the United States.

Instead, more than a dozen of his handpicked candidates lost their races, including his most high profile selection, Dr. Oz, which ultimately cost the GOP a seat in the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.

To add insult to injury, the one Republican who Trump criticized, Ron “Don’t Say Gay” DeSantis, sailed to reelection in Florida with nearly 60% of the vote. (Ugh.)

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A source close to the ex-president’s camp tells ABC News: “This was the end of the Trump era and the dawn of the DeSantis era. Like every other Trump catastrophe, he did this to himself with stupid and reckless decisions.”

The New York Post, Trump’s favorite newspaper, second only, perhaps, to the National Enquirer, seems to agree, as evidenced by yesterday’s front page:

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal editorial board declared him the GOP’s “biggest loser” in an editorial published yesterday that posed the question: “What will Democrats do when Donald Trump isn’t around to lose elections?”

Trump held an Election Night watch party at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday. According to people at the event, it was a “subdued” affair where the 76-year-old appeared “uneasy” and even “shocked” at times as he watched the results trickle in.

Afterwards, he called it an “interesting evening” before sending his guests home so he could, presumably, hurl ketchup all over the place.

Since then, the ex-president has been pointing fingers at all but himself for his party’s losses.

He’s reportedly furious at everyone from his top political aides, who he feels misguided and misled him, to Fox News propagandist Sean Hannity, who he feels pressured him to make unwise endorsements, to former first lady Melania Trump, who he blames for Dr. Oz’s loss in Pennsylvania.

According to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, he’s now calling his wife’s recommendation that he endorse Oz as “not her best decision.”

Trump is–or, ugh, was–expected to announce another run for the White House next week after teasing a “very big announcement on Tuesday, November 15″ during a rally in Ohio this past Monday.

But after Tuesday’s disappointing midterm results and the criticism he’s now receiving from conservative media outlets and members of his own party, the New York Times now reports:

Among Republican operatives who have been open to working with another Trump presidential campaign, a handful said they were reconsidering. That could present a challenge for Mr. Trump, who has a handful of trusted advisers but almost no one yet staffing key aspects of a campaign-in-waiting.

Now, some tweets…

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