Although Donald Trump, like most die-hard Republicans, is already known for putting forth his best efforts to berate his predecessor — all in an attempt to build himself up no less — it appears as if his incessant obsession with Barack Obama has reached an all-time high. So high, in fact, that we should be concerned more about his mental health now more than ever before.
According to a recent report from the Guardian, Trump and his team have sunk to an all-time low by hiring private investigators to look into the personal lives of the Obama administration officials who negotiated the Iran peace deal, in the hope of finding “dirt” that would allow them to discredit the deal.
That, in and of itself, is crazy enough considering there’s no reason to believe any “dirt” would even be real, but the timing is even crazier as May 12 is Trump’s deadline to either scrap or continue to abide by the international deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program.
Jack Straw, foreign secretary involved in earlier efforts to restrict Iranian weapons, says: “These are extraordinary and appalling allegations but which also illustrate a high level of desperation by Trump and [the Israeli prime minister] Benjamin Netanyahu, not so much to discredit the deal but to undermine those around it.”
According to the report, a former high-ranking British diplomat with wide experience of negotiating international peace agreements, anonymously said: “It’s bloody outrageous to do this. The whole point of negotiations is to not play dirty tricks like this.”
Sources said that officials linked to Trump’s team contacted investigators days after Trump visited Tel Aviv a year ago, his first foreign tour as US president. Trump promised Netanyahu that Iran would never have nuclear weapons and suggested that the Iranians thought they could “do what they want” since negotiating the nuclear deal in 2015. A source with details of the “dirty tricks campaign” said: “The idea was that people acting for Trump would discredit those who were pivotal in selling the deal, making it easier to pull out of it.”
Of all the disturbing things Donald Trump has done to date, this may take the cake as the most disturbing. We already know the man is suffers from severe pathological narcissism, but the fact he would go to these lengths and hire private investigators to carry out these antics has revealed he’s entered a whole new level of instability.
Perhaps MSNBC commentator Malcolm Nance said it best when he likened it to something something the “Stasi” would have done in East Germany.
If Trump is willing to cross this kind of line, what other lines is he willing to cross? Or worse: What other lines has he already crossed? Considering Trump has spent the past month publicly hinting that he has blackmail material on Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Jon Tester, I’m afraid we already have the answers to those questions.