Local author and historian Laurence Leamer made an appearance on MSNBC recently to discuss Donald Trump’s reported valuation of Mar-a-Lago, coming in at a whopping $739 million, (when Letitia James said it was really closer to $75 million) — a number that Leamer appeared to question a bit, as he revealed that Donald’s Palm Beach estate has become overrun by a new breed of club members ever since the former president made the compound his post-White House home following his brutal election loss, and they’re certainly not the type to fit in on the glitzy, lavish scene.
Leamer and MSNBC host Alex Witt took some time to discuss current affairs — such as the above-mentioned Mar-a-Lago valuation, the bombshell lawsuit announcement from Letitia James that dropped recently, and Trump’s children’s involvement in it all — before Witt took a moment to recall a prior interview that the local Palm Beach author sat for on her show, just shortly after Donald Trump was officially booted from the White House and moved to his country club in a cloud of shame. Back then, Leamer sad Mar-a-Lago had quickly devolved into a “sad place.”
“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,” Leamer told Witt in January of last year. “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.”
In his appearance, Leamer confirmed that the lavish Trump-owned country club still isn’t what it once was, and has only seemed to devolve further as the Palm Beach resort becomes flooded by a different class of people who have taken to spending a lot of time at the glitzy golf club where Donald Trump calls home.
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Witt asked Leamer, “Have things picked back up there?”
The author explained that he’s since been banned from stepping foot on the resort property, laughing, “I would go there often, but Trump has banned me for life from Mar-a-Lago,” before adding in a joke, “See, I’m wearing a badge saying it.”
But what he had to say next painted a sad, pathetic picture of the post-presidency state of Donald Trump’s most prized property, which was recently raided by the FBI.
“No, it has changed,” Leamer confirmed. “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?” the MSNBC host pressed.
“I mean, that’s the kind of money: $200,000 bucks, what is that to these people?” Leamer responded without missing a beat.
“I dunno, I don’t have the answer to that one. I’m just going to let that hang out there,” Witt mused.
I think it’s safe to say that Donald Trump is officially nothing more than a washed-up has-been.
See the clip of Leamer’s MSNBC interview here:
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