Civil Liberties Be Damned: Donald Trump — an Enemy of the Constitution
But it’s a mistake to think that Trump’s authoritarian tendencies are in reaction to current events. They are his nature. Buzzfeed reported Thursday that staff members at Trump’s upscale Florida resort, Mar-a-lago, said that Donald Trump had a personal “switchboard” in his lodgings which allowed him to eavesdrop on the staff and guests telephone calls. His campaign denies it but there are several people who confirm that he routinely listens in on phone calls. Others admit that he had the apparatus but only used it for convenience sake so he didn’t have to go through the main switchboard to call his friends who were staying at the resort.
Needless to say, that explanation is absurd. One might chalk that up to either another of The Donald’s quirks or some disgruntled staff saying things to get back at him. But it’s not the first time we’ve heard that he has a penchant for spying. Recall this passing comment from the New York Times in an article about the disarray in the Trump campaign at the end of May:
A sense of paranoia is growing among his campaign staff members, including some who have told associates they believe that their Trump Tower offices in New York may be bugged, according to three people briefed on the conversations.