Members are abandoning Mar-a-Lago now that Trump is no longer of use to anybody

As it turns out, Mar-a-Lago isn’t doing much better than Donald himself is. According to author Laurence Leamer, it is now “a sad place” and “not what it was.” Also according to Leamer, even longtime members of Trump’s weird little club are quietly leaving, no longer charmed by the “dispirited place.”

While Leamer appears to pin blame on the newly dark mood inside Donald Trump’s for-profit kitchen and living room and a desire by some club members to no longer associate with the leader of a now-violent attack on government, and as author of a book on Mar-a-Lago he has good credentials for making such arguments, it still feels like it’s underselling the many, many reasons why club members might be choosing to bow out immediately after Trump’s time in office has ended.

For starters, he’s no longer as useful to them. Even the spies are probably no longer as eager to get run of a club owned by a former national leader. There will be no more spilling of new state secrets over the ol’ caviar bucket or in the Sedition Sauna. Trump doubled the price of Mar-a-Lago membership when he won the 2016 election, correctly determining that anyone looking to lobby the government would just as happily spend $200,000 as $100,000 for regular meet-and-greets with Donald and his rotating collection of not-yet-fired cabinet officials; now that there is no Trump administration, it stands to reason those supplicants will no longer need to supplicate.

Dailykos Members are abandoning Mar-a-Lago now that Trump is no longer of use to anybody

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