The Cost of Trump’s Trips to Mar-a-Lago

Since Donald Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017, he has spent six of the past thirteen weekends at The Mar-a-Lago Club, and the average American citizen has footed the bill for his expensive trips.

The Mar-a-Lago Club is a privately owned resort that charges members a $200,000 initiation fee, in addition to $14,000 in annual dues. The average American makes $44,510 per year, so The Mar-a-Lago Club is certainly not for the average American, as the annual dues alone would account for 1/3 of the average Americans income. But, Donald Trump isn’t average! He’s an elitist, one of the best of the best, or at least that’s what he would say.

Donald Trump has gone to Florida almost every other weekend since his presidency began. Imagine that? The average American would be thrilled if they could afford even one trip to Florida every three months, but if they could afford six trips to Florida in three months? They would be ecstatic.

Well, Donald Trump is living the American Dream for you, because he spent six weekends in Florida the first three months of his presidency, and you’re the one paying for it.

How Much Does It Cost?

And here’s what’s really going to piss you off. The estimated cost of a trip to Mar-a-Lago is $2 – $3 million. That bill is paid by the American People, which means the American People spend approximately $5 million per month to shuttle Donald Trump from The White House to a private club for millionaires and billionaires.

Put Those Numbers Into Perspective

The average cost of a college education at a public college is $28,000 per year. We’ll be generous and round that figure up to $30,000 per year. For the cost of shuttling Donald Trump to Florida six times in three months, the American people could have funded more than 500 years of college education for its citizens.

In three months, we could have paid to send more than 100 Americans to four years of public college for free, but instead, we paid to send Donald Trump to Florida six times.

Why Do We Allow This?

Because we’re comfortable, and until we’re so uncomfortable with the inequality in this country that we take action, we will continue to be ruled and controlled by the oligarchy of which Donald Trump is a member. The proletariat is not meant to fund the oligarchy. The oligarchy should provide public services for the proletariat.

At the very least, share this information with others.

Sources

Tracking the President’s Visits to Trump Properties, New York Times
The Average Americans Personal Income, United States Census Bureau