A few weeks ago, my boss, who is a direct report to our CEO, sent a negative text about me, to me, accidentally. He did this while I was presenting some unfortunate January revenue results to the CEO on a teleconference. He tried to cover it up by making it as if it were a typo (and blamed someone else instead), but he's always trash talked about others to me, so I was fully aware he probably was always doing the same about me.
I've been fortunate to rise very quickly in my company, and have always received a ton of respect and good feedback from others in the C-suite. But since the incident, they're all treating me differently. Yes, January's performance was poor, but we're poised to have a fantastic year (and we had a phenomenal Q4). I can't imagine one month of poor performance would justify the loss of respect / trust in my ability to lead the team, but that's how I was recently treated at an in-person company meeting.
It's bad, but my boss is in my head, and I can't help but think he's trying to get ahead of his text message mistake by further throwing me under the bus. Should I put my head down and knock 2019 out of the park, leave a really bad boss, or confront him?