Trump allies have privately been asking him to rein in talk of 'death and destruction' as he rails against a possible indictment: report

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Waco Regional Airport on March 25, 2023 in Waco, Texas.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Waco Regional Airport on March 25, 2023 in Waco, Texas.Brandon Bell/Getty Images
  • Trump allies are asking him to chill out with his explosive public remarks, per Rolling Stone.

  • The former president has been asking his confidantes what they think of his social media posts.

  • Advisors are now trying to stop Trump from implicating himself if violence occurs, per Rolling Stone.

Close allies of former President Donald Trump have privately advised him to tone down his rhetoric about a possible indictment in New York, Rolling Stone reported.

Fearing he'd implicate himself, aides are trying to steer Trump away from making social media posts or public comments that could be interpreted as calls for violence, the outlet wrote, citing two anonymous sources close to Trump.

The sources added that Trump has asked several confidants what they think of his recent explosive posts on social media, per Rolling Stone.

"At the end of the day, Trump is going to be Trump, and you can't stop him from doing everything you might not do yourself," said one Rolling Stone source. "I could do without the 'death and destruction' talk, you know?"

The source added that Trump's inner circle tried to rein in his aggressive rhetoric, to avoid giving his critics ammunition to say he is inciting or encouraging violence.

The aides' message to Trump was "two-fold and it's a message I think he gets," the person added, per the outlet.

Trump is currently facing the possibility of being indicted by a New York grand jury. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is investigating his involvement in a hush money payment made to the adult film actress, Stormy Daniels.

The former president was earlier accused of alluding to and promoting violence after he posted an article on Truth Social that contained an image of him holding a baseball bat, digitally stitched together with a separate photo of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

The post containing the image of Trump with the baseball bat has since been deleted from Trump's Truth Social account. Joe Tacopina, the lawyer representing Trump in the New York case, admitted on Sunday the post was "ill advised."

Trump's other raging remarks directed at the investigation, such as his warning of "potential death and destruction" if he were indicted, sre still up on Truth Social.

He's also repeatedly attacked Bragg, accusing the prosecutor — without evidence or substantiation — of using the justice system for partisan purposes. In one such post, Trump claimed Bragg "IS JUST CARRYING OUT THE PLANS OF THE RADICAL LEFT LUNATICS. OUR COUNTRY IS BEING DESTROYED, AS THEY TELL US TO BE PEACEFUL!"

Meanwhile, the Manhattan district attorney's office has received a deluge of death threats from angry Trump supporters. The prosecutor's office was also mailed a package containing "suspicious white powder" on Friday. This was a week after Trump on March 18 called for people to protest if he gets arrested.

A representative for Trump did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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