Right after Trump won the election, instead of taking a moment to contemplate the enormity of the task he was soon to undertake, Trump instead thought... Hmmm... How can I cash in on this thing right now.
So as of Jan. 1st, a full, twenty three days after winning the election and eleven days before his inauguration, Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach resort owned by the Trump Organization, doubled its initiation fee to $200,000 plus tax. And don't forget that on top of the $200,000 initiation fee members also pay $14,000 a year in annual dues... plus tax.
One of the reasons the Trumps believe new Mar-a-Lago members would be wiling to shell out an extra $100,000 is because Trump plans to use the resort as his "Winter White House" which would in turn give new patrons a chance to mingle with the his holiness.
Trump and those in his employ have chosen not to respond to the allegation that they are attempting to benefit from the election results.
After the fee hike was revealed, top White House ethics lawyer Norm Eisen said that the increase is a...
"not very subtle exploitation of the fact that the club's figurehead is now president of the U.S. This type of naked profiteering off of a government office is what I would expect from King Louis XVI or his modern kleptocratic equivalents, not an American president,"
There's no way of knowing whether demand for memberships has grown. The initiation fee for Mar-a-Lago had been $100,000 since 2012, when it was cut from $200,000. People close to the resort said the fee was reduced following a precipitous decline in memberships which just happens to align with the beginning of Trump's racist birther campaign against President Obama.
Despite the accusations of charging access to Trump CEO Eric Danziger still sees more ways to cash in on their current situation saying...
"There are 26 major metropolitan areas in the U.S., and we're in five," "I don't see any reason that we couldn't be in all of them eventually."
Another spokesman for Trump Hotels started that the company sees...
"significant growth opportunity in the United States for both our hotel brands."
I wonder what it feels like to have no moral compass or shame.