During an appearance on MSNBC to discuss Donald Trump’s reported valuation of Mar-a-Lago at $739 million, local author and historian Laurence Leamer claimed that since the former president became the former president, there has been a new breed of members at the resort who do not fit into the Palm Beach social scene.
Leamer was reminded of a previous appearance on the network, right after Trump lost to now-President Joe Biden when he claimed it had become a “sad place.”
According to BBC, at that time, he stated, “What’s fascinating — I’ve talked to a bunch of people the last couple of days. A lot of people have quit Mar-a-Lago. They don’t want their names to be in The Washington Post or The New York Times, and the list of people that have quit, they’ve silently walked out.
They don’t want anything to do with Donald Trump. And many of the members, they’re not going there very often, because it’s a very dispirited place. They’re not concerned about politics. It’s a sad place for Trump to be hanging out. It’s not what it was.”
On Saturday, he stated that it is still not what it once was, but this time because of a different class of people who have taken to hanging out at the posh resort. Explaining that he has been banned from entering the resort, he responded to the MSNBC host who asked, “Have things picked back up there?”
“I would go there often, but Trump has banned me for life from Mar-a-Lago. See, I’m wearing a badge saying it,” he joked. “No, it has changed,” he continued. “I mean this is a new class of people coming in. These true Trump believers that have the bucks and tend to be a vulgar kind of redneck types and wouldn’t be welcomed in Palm Beach otherwise.”
“But they have got to be able to afford the price tag of admission, right?” host Witt asked. “I mean, that’s the kind of money: $200,000 bucks, what is that to these people?” he shot back “I dunno, I don’t have the answer to that one. I’m just going to let that hang out there,” Witt demurred.