“It’s a very sad place,” Laurence Leamer, historian and author of “Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace,” told MSNBC host Alex Witt on “Weekends with Alex Witt” on Saturday. He said members are “not worried about politics and they said the food is not good.”
Leamer said he spoke with a number of former members who “quietly walked out” after Trump left office.
Dissatisfied members can lead to a smaller paycheck for Trump. When Trump was president, many people paid up to $ 200,000 for Mar-a-Lago memberships, Leamer pointed out, and he said they do not think they will continue to pay that price.
“You could not possibly exaggerate how comical it is,” Kimmel said in The Ringer’s “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” “Everyone who is 100 years old.”
Kimmel told Simmons he went to the resort about six years ago to have dinner with Howard Stern, who lived near the property at the time. He described the Mar-a-Lago participants as “overbearing people who eat soft food”, and he said the place is covered in Trump photos.
“It was just quiet and a terrible place,” Kimmel said. “And now he lives in this awful place.”
“Even here, people do not like him,” Leamer said, referring to Palm Beach residents – many of whom voted for Trump in hopes of lower taxes and a thriving stock market. “It’s just another measure of how his power has fallen.”