It turns out that the national debt isn’t the only thing Donald Trump is hiking this year: The Palm Beach Post — the newspaper of record in the neighborhood of Mar-a-Lago — is reporting that tickets to come ring in the New Year at the swanky golf resort have gone up by thirty-three percent for non-members this year over last year’s price tag for the event.
Guests will now be paying $1,000 per person to attend the New Year’s bash at the “Winter White House,” and if you’re not absolutely grossed out by that sentence, I don’t know what I can do for you.
Trump apparently got bored of simply making taxpayers fund his trips to his own resort and paying himself out of the profit and decided to really step things up. Prices even went up for members of the resort, although not by nearly as much — what cost them $600 last year will cost $650 this year.
According to the Post, some have said that the massive non-member price hike was designed to discourage “outsiders” from attending, although some also speculated that the price increases are a natural result of the fact that the kind of people who would actually go to Mar-a-Lago for New Year’s are making more money with Trump as President.
Either way, Trump is turning a handy profit on his tenure as President, something I’m fairly certain is filling the Founders’ graves with retching noises right now.
Last year’s event had attendees dining on lobster ravioli, beef tenderloin, and Baked Alaska, and guests saw Trump and his wife and youngest son join the Grand Ballroom a few hours before midnight. No word on the menu this year, but after last year’s promise at the party that the stock market would continue to rise — and then going into December about 700 points lower than it was this time last year — Trump will likely be eating at least a little crow.
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