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Thu Jun 10, 2021, 08:57 AM

Election Denial and $16 Spritzers: Welcome to Florida's Trump Coast

Since he left Washington in turmoil in January, Donald Trump has spent the bulk of his brief, contentious post-presidency holed up in what Karl Rove calls his “Fortress of Solitude”—Mar‑a‑Lago, his private club in Palm Beach. It’s an odd sort of isolation: Although he’s largely cut off from the outside world, Trump is hardly alone.

Tossed from the White House, banished from Facebook and Twitter, Trump has never seemed more distant from public consciousness. But while he can’t broadcast out, those same platforms offer a surprisingly intimate glimpse into his new life, thanks to the prolific posting of the club’s guests. At every moment of his day, Trump is bathed in adulation. When he enters the dining room, people stand and applaud. When he returns from golf, he’s met with squeals and selfie requests. When he leaves Mar-a-Lago, he often encounters flag-waving throngs organized by Willy Guardiola, a former professional harmonica player and anti-abortion activist who runs weekly pro-Trump rallies in Palm Beach. “Give me four hours and I can pull together 500 people,” Guardiola says. Trump recently invited the self-proclaimed “biggest Trump supporter in the country” for a private consultation at his club.

In this gilded Biosphere, Trump encounters no one who isn’t vocally gratified by his presence. When he speaks extemporaneously, so many guests post footage that you can watch the same weird scene unfold from multiple vantage points, like the Japanese film Rashomon. Trump seems so comfortable, the journalist and Instagram sleuth Ashley Feinberg has noted, that he’s taken to wearing the same outfit for days on end. Blue slacks, white golf shirt, and red MAGA cap are to the former president what the black Mao suit is to his old frenemy Kim Jong Un. Club members say his new lifestyle agrees with him. “Presidents when they finish always look so much older,” says Thomas Peterffy, the billionaire founder of Interactive Brokers LLC, who lives three doors down from Mar-a-Lago. “Not true for Trump.”

He’ll show up to anything. In recent weeks, Trump has popped into engagement parties and memorial services. A Mar-a-Lago member who recently attended a club gathering for a deceased friend was surprised when Trump sauntered in to deliver remarks and then hung around, apparently enjoying himself. This insular feedback loop, amplified by the worshipful validation he gets for doing Newsmax or OAN TV hits, doesn’t appear likely to diminish as he settles into his New Jersey golf club for the summer and prepares to resume his trademark rallies. “Donald Trump needs the adulation of the crowd the way you or I need oxygen to breathe,” says Michael Cohen, his estranged former lawyer. By all accounts, Trump’s life after the White House doesn’t resemble that of a typical ex-president so much as a foreign monarch cast into exile—like Napoleon at Elba, but with golf and a bigger buffet.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2021-06-10/florida-s-trump-coast-near-mar-a-lago-houses-beating-heart-of-gop

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Reply Election Denial and $16 Spritzers: Welcome to Florida's Trump Coast (Original post)
Klaralven Jun 10 OP
tanyev Jun 10 #1
sop Jun 10 #2
Diamond_Dog Jun 10 #3
nuxvomica Jun 10 #4
Freddie Jun 10 #5

Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 09:01 AM

1. Nothing like crashing a memorial service to talk about yourself.

LOTUS. Loser Of The United States.

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Thu Jun 10, 2021, 09:22 AM

2. "He wanted to be the corpse at every funeral, the bride at every wedding and the baby at every

christening.” - Alice Longworth Roosevelt speaking about her father, Teddy Roosevelt.





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Response to sop (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 09:45 AM

3. Well, he's got the baby part down pat.

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 09:50 AM

4. Not "Napoleon at Elba" so much as Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland

Same following as Wilhelm, including fundamentalist evangelicals.

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Thu Jun 10, 2021, 09:57 AM

5. There was a movement to name a nearby airport after him

Thank the lord Palm Beach County refused. PBI is the closest airport to my son’s house but I’d have fly to Ft. Lauderdale rather than land at Trump Airport.

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