While impeachment rages on outside his control, the president went to a resort he controls surrounded by people who support him in a state that actually could back him in 2020. Goodbye, New York. Hello, Florida.
That was part of President Donald Trump’s mantra as he returned to the Sunshine State for a campaign rally Tuesday in the city of Sunrise, before starting his Thanksgiving break at his private club, Mar-a-Lago.
Trump has long made the classic snowbird journey from New York to Florida in the winter, with the typical Palm Beach social season spanning from Thanksgiving to Easter.
This trip also marked his first official campaign visit as a permanent resident of Florida — a move partly designed to lower his taxes and partly to give the finger to New York, a city where he remains deeply unpopular among left-leaning voters — not to mention the city’s top political and legal officials who keep launching investigations into him and keep trying to track down his tax returns.
“His take is that since Bill de Blasio became mayor, it’s just not the same place with the crime and taxes and just the trash on the streets,” said a Republican close to the White House. “He has had enough of it, having built important projects and paid millions of dollars in taxes there — just the lack of appreciation.”
Trump, a native New Yorker who dominated the city’s social scene and plastered his name on buildings across its skyline, made a “declaration of domicile” on Oct. 31, meaning his Florida home will now be his permanent residence. On Twitter, the president said he will “cherish New York and the people of New York,” but said he made the decision to save “millions” in taxes. Florida does not have a state inheritance or income tax. The president also suggested the move would save his ego from a New York bruising, too.