High-Rollers Rush To Buy Access To Trump At Mar-A-Lago’s “Opulent And Majestic” New Year’s Eve Bash

The Huffington Post reports:

Tickets were on sale for a lavish New Year’s Eve party that President-elect Donald Trump and his family are hosting at the Mar-a-Lago Club this weekend, which once again raises those thorny ethics question that have dogged Trump’s presidential transition.

Mar-a-Lago sold the tickets, according to Politico reporter Kenneth Vogel. Since Trump himself owns the Palm Beach, Florida, resort, those sales profit him personally. Simply buying a ticket could be seen as an effort to curry favor with the president-elect. Those seeking an in-person audience with him also had an incentive to buy since Trump will be there.

So it’s probably no surprise that the tickets sold out. Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave reporters the news on a Friday press call. He also noted that more than 800 guests are expected, including actor Sylvester Stallone and music producer Quincy Jones.

More from The Hill:

Trump has pledged to keep his business interests separate from the presidency and has indicated that he is working on the legal process of passing his real estate empire to his adult children.

Trump spokesman Hope Hicks slammed the idea that Trump’s resort selling tickets to an event the president-elect will appear at is a conflict of interest. “The transition is not concerned about the appearance of a conflict,” she told Politico.

“This is an annual celebratory event at the private club, like others that have continued to occur since the election. Additionally, the president cannot and does not have a conflict.”

  • Lazycrockett

    Looks like something Edina would do to her kitchen.

  • DaddyRay

    The Prostitute Elect Trump

    • geoffalnutt

      Melania…also, too. She’s better at pole-dancing than Donny.

    • Todd20036

      And Putin is the john

  • PickyPecker
  • coram nobis

    It’s a fitting, tacky start to the Gelded Age.

    Louis XVI wept.

    • If only he were gelded…and before he spawned those atrocious sons.

      You did mean “gilded” didn’t you?


        I’m all for Uday and Qusay dipped in 24K gold dip.

        • clay

          . . . and I’m okay with them being gelded.

          • Ray Taylor

            “The gelding of Uday and Qusay”, a movie based on actual events.

          • Ray Taylor

            Read the remarkable review by coram nobis, “a gauche gala…”

          • Cattleya1

            Lets throw in The Donald, while we are at it it. The thought of all three of them frolicking in the pasture after that little copper ring is applied is simply too good to let go of.

        • BearEyes

          sheep dip in a pinch

        • Please dahling! What a colossal waste of gold…iron pyrite will do, after all it’s known as “fool’s gold”

      • No, he was right the first time.

      • coram nobis

        Both. Gilded and gelded. A gauche gala of gargantuan ghastliness.

        • What becomes a legend (in his own mind) most?

        • Cattleya1

          You are channeling Mr. Black – I like it!

      • bzrd

        don’t let the smarmy ivanka, who’s daddy’s little favorite, pass under the radar

  • Kelly Lape

    “The transition is not concerned about the appearance of a conflict,”

    Laws mean nothing when the GOP is in the bag.


    • clay

      “Additionally, the president cannot and does not have a conflict.”

      1) cannot– like Nixon’s “if the President does it, it’s not illegal.”
      2) The president does not have a conflict ‘cuz the President’s name is Obama.

    • Joe in PA

      “The transition is not concerned about the appearance of a conflict,”

      Finally some TRUTH out of them!

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        Unless its Hillary and the conflict doesn’t actually exist, the ‘appearance’ is created by the Rethugs.

  • “Majestic”? Really, he is beyond disgusting at this point. National embarrassment if you ask me, nothing “great” at all. He’ll be a bigger laughing stock than St Ronnie that is a given.

    • coram nobis

      Any way that Dame Edna could crash the party? Maybe with Hyacinth Bucket in tow?

      • They would be impressed that is for sure…unlike anybody with taste, class, sophistication, sanity.

  • ColdCountry

    “Additionally, the president cannot and does not have a conflict.”

    Really? Says who? Are we supposed to believe that because you say so? Try again.

    • RGG

      If the President does it, it’s not illegal.
      – R. Nixon

      • David L. Caster

        More correctly, if the president does it, he’s immune from prosecution through the usual channels of law enforcement. Congress becomes his judge and jury and only after he leaves (or is put out of office) does he end up in the criminal justice system.

        • coram nobis

          Nixon still needed a pardon.

          • rusty57

            And for that I will never forgive that sorry-ass placeholder, Gerald Ford.

        • The_Wretched

          Not exactly. President Clinton had trials while in office. The consequences didn’t apply until he got out.

          • David L. Caster

            Those were civil cases. Different matter entirely.

      • ColdCountry

        I disagreed then, I disagree now. For what good that will do me.

    • geoffalnutt

      Simply saying something doesn’t make it true. There are legal and Constitutional issues. Oh, that’s right. Neither you nor anyone in the Trump administration has ever read The Constitution…and don’t care to either. Really?

      • ColdCountry

        Are we entering the age where Trump is like the bible? You know it’s true because it says it’s true?

    • canoebum

      Of course we don’t believe that. The question is, with a disaster like Sessions heading up the Department of Justice, and gym bunny Ryan in the House, who’s going to do anything about it? There will be no one left to enforce the laws. Der Herr and company can break all the laws they want. They might as well not exist.

      • ColdCountry

        I will not give up my faith in my country – yet.

  • andrew

    In fairness, they should have reported that the foreign born Queen Melania has said of their white working class supporters: “Let them eat cake.”

  • Rocco Gibraltar

    What was that Trump was decrying months ago? Oh yes “pay for play”. Fucking hypocrite liar bastard.

  • DaddyRay
  • PickyPecker
    • Rocco Gibraltar

      Marjorie Merriweather Post is spinning in her grave that this tacky uncouth heathen has his tiny little fingers in control of her mansion. The horror! Money cannot buy good taste. It’s ghastly.

      • Helenwshank

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  • Sam_Handwich

    don’t order the steak — it’s Rafalca

    • Joe in PA

      Oh my. That’s harsh. I love it. 🙂

    • rusty57

      Rafalca? Where have I heard that na… Oh. OH!

  • AtticusP

    Just remember: even the richest rats on the Titanic drowned.

    • CPT_Doom

      Sadly the survival rate for 1st class male passengers was higher than for 3rd class female passengers. Even on the Titanic the rich douchebags had an edge.

      • That_Looks_Delicious
      • AtticusP

        Very true. But then there were also John Jacob Astor IV and Benjamin Guggenheim, along with Ida and Isidor Straus.

        But you’re right: steerage passengers had the lowest survival rate.

  • Dirk Prophet

    When Trump does pay to play, it’s okay, really, trust me, I really wouldn’t lie about that, I’m serious…no kidding.

  • BearEyes

    “could be seen as an effort to curry favor”
    like that would ever happen

    • Sam_Handwich

      furthermore, anything with a curry flavor will be immediately deported!

  • DaddyRay

    Government For Sale to the Highest Bidder

    • Snarkaholic

      Shag On The Lincoln Bedroom Bed!
      Only $25,000 per hour!
      If you pay an additional $10,000, four guys will come in and shake it!

  • Lars Littlefield

    Listeria out break with the fish portion of the meal.

  • Paula

    I am not even going to get upset about things like this anymore. It won’t do any good. Trump is going to do what he wants and the repubs are going to let him.
    I look for them to find ways to destroy the Democratic Party even further. They consider the Democrats a small, minority party.
    We are in for some dark years fro the GLBT community, immigrants, environmental laws, racial discrimination, and worker’s rights.

    All we can do is find ways to counter their bullshit and hang on.

    • David L. Caster

      The Democrats enjoyed strong control of the Government in 2009-2010. The GOP still managed to keep a lid on the Democrats during that time. And yes, the Democrats could not manage to stick together, but the GOP still managed to thwart much of what was on the Democratic agenda. Now the roles are reversed and it is time for the Democrats to hold the line to prevent wild swings in policy.

  • xersnoyl

    Marjorie Merriweather Post must be spinning in her gold plated grave. U.S. Gov should have kept that damned house!

    • clay

      I feel the same abou the Post Office

    • coram nobis

      As Alice Roosevelt Longworth said, “If you can’t say anything nice about anybody, come and sit by me.”

      • Bomer

        It’s going to get awfully crowded on that sofa. I claim dibs on the seat with an arm rest!

      • Gianni

        😀 I have the feeling that a lot of us agree with that, especially concerning DumDum. 🙂

    • Joe in PA

      This might be a tad obscure…but I wonder what Pamela Harriman (Washington doyenne among other things) would say about all of this?

      • thatotherjean

        Nothing printable, I’m sure.

  • ColoMtnWoman

    “Opulent And Majestic”?

    No, “opulent and tacky–and over-priced”… And having some Trump-bot trot out and say “it’s not a conflict” doesn’t make it NOT a conflict. Thank god I don’t have to watch. I daresay I would puke.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      LEGENDARY, Opulent and Majestic.”

      Trump won. Move on, whiner.

  • Michael R

    Does Obama still have access to the nuclear codes ?
    Asking for a friend .

  • Bomer

    Are the bed bugs included in the price, or are they extra?

  • Mike__in_Houston

    Damned pesky ethics!

  • PickyPecker

    “Trump is a poor person’s idea of a rich person. They see him. They think, ‘If I were rich, I’d have a fabulous tie like that. Why are my ties not made of 400 acres of polyester?’ All that stuff he shows you in his house- the gold faucets- if you won the lottery, that’s what you’d buy.” Fran Lebowitz

    • Gene

      you beat me to it…

      but..well said

    • Steverino

      I think of California’s media magnate and silver mining heir of a bygone era, W.R. Hearst (who also had presidential aspirations that never went anywhere, thank god) whose taste in art and furnishings, as eclectic as it was, at least was a taste for the real deal. Genuine art and antiques. Not this fake, glitzy copycat crap.

      One of my favorite quips about Hearst and his long-time mistress, actress Marion Davies, involved an observation attributed to Dorothy Parker (which she always denied making) that was allegedly inscribed in the guestbook of San Simeon (Hearst Castle):

      “On my honor
      I saw a Madonna
      Standing in a niche
      Over the door
      Of the glamorous whore
      Of a prominent son of a bitch.”

      • Jay Silversmith

        upvote for the inimitable Dorothy Parker.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Dorothy Parker most probably would have taken credit if it were due–or if she remembered doing it!

    • Michael Abbett

      She nails it as usual. “Metropolitan Life” was the first adult book that made me love reading.

    • Cattleya1

      She’s right, of course… but the thought of The Donald perched on a gold toilet is… I need ti increase my order for brain bleach.

    • Jay Silversmith
    • BudClark

      If I were that rich, I would build no-kill animal shelters, and shelters for homeless GLBTQAI young people, and extended care facilities for elderly GLBTQAI people who have no family left. And fund autism and Alzheimer’s research … and build pipe organs for small, poor, liberal Episcopal churches (grin).

  • Blake Mason

    As with the presidential campaign, the GOP remain silent. Sad!

  • Gene

    Trump… a poor mans (and new money white trash) idea of what a Rich man is actually like

    • ggg

      Those chairs look so cold, hard, and uncomfortable . . . lol, someone’s idea of “classy”. Everyone shoved up so close together, sitting like a huge anonymous assembly of overpaying wannabees . . . how truly special.

      • charemor

        But just think! He will probably serve tough Trump steaks, cheap tasting Trump wine, so bad that a dedicated wino wouldn’t go anywhere near it, and Melanoma will pole dance (in the buff) for entertainment,

  • BobSF_94117

    “This is an annual celebratory event at the private club, like others
    that have continued to occur since the election. Additionally, the
    president cannot and does not have a conflict.”

    Well, duh, I’m sure Obama has nothing to do with it…

  • Ernest Endevor

    Décor by Victoria Gotti Designs.

  • Ernest Endevor

    And who throws a party and then charges admittance?

    • Bomer

      Someone really cheap and tacky.

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        Trump is especially parsimonious (cheap) when it comes to tips.

        • Amanda B. Rekendwith

          Reminds me….
          Q: What’s the difference between Trump and a canoe?
          A: A canoe tips.

          • Duh-David

            Comrade Trump thinks Tipping is the capital of China.

          • canoebum

            Hey! Just to make things clear, a canoe is never tippy, it’s tender.

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            I think I prefer tenderness that doesn’t throw me through the air.

        • olandp

          That is because he doesn’t have the money he says he does. He is not a billionaire.

    • The Return of Traxley

      Rapey fraternities, gang-affiliated after-parties held in abandoned storefronts in bad neighborhoods, and anywhere shitgibbon shows up for one.

    • pj

      con men

  • Capritaur

    Long gone are the days when an audience with the King at his summer palace could be granted by pleasing the Queen in the right way.

  • OdieDenCO

    putin has weaponized the office of the US President, no reasons donny shouldn’t monetize it.

  • KnownDonorDad

    He’s such a man of the people, you guys.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      “He tells it like it is.”

  • Ross

    Joe, I like the category you have this in:

    Politics, Trump Corruption

    I anticipate countless posts in this category for the next four years.


    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Joe might have to hire an assistant and start a separate Trump Corruption Blog just to have space to post about anything else that happens.

  • Bluto

    This man-boy pays no taxes.

  • djcoastermark

    It disappoints me that Quincy Jones will be in attendance. I thought better of him, but maybe it’s because I haven’t been following his political leanings?

  • Canadian Observer

    Could someone please remind when the hurricane season is? (I didn’t pay attention cause I thought I was safe from them here on the northern prairie.) If it isn’t the right season, does anyone have the odds on an outlier?

    • Cattleya1

      June 1 – November 30. But there has been an atlantic hurricane in every month of the year except February. I’m hoping for one to hit DC on January 20.

      • stuckinthewoods

        Yes, we had damage in the first week of March from one which would have been named a hurricane had it happened in the season. Let’s hope for the “Great Inauguration Day Storm”.

    • TampaDink

      Sadly, the official hurricane season “only” lasts from June 1st until Nov. 30th…but the mysterious changes with our weather…(which clearly no one knows for certain are actually happening and if they really are happening…it is totally random) have in recent years spawned hurricanes that have occurred out of those parameters.

  • bkmn


  • boobert

    And yet, his supporters have no problem with this. Why? I have no idea.

    • Michael Abbett

      I’m sure all of his rust belt supporters were given VIP tickets.

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        Or were asked to contribute to enter into a lottery for one trip.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          “No ‘+1’!!! Where does it say ‘plus one’?!!?!”

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      He’s white and he’s male and he promised to “Make America White Again”. That’s why. They literally care about nothing else.

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    The real question re the event is, what about the tips?

    Is the $20K portrait of Donald Trump, purchased by his foundation, at Mar-a-Lago?

    Washington Post has not yet identified its location. Thank you.

    • MBear

      Its mounted over his bed for those masturbatory evenings

  • IamM

    What question? He has no ethics.

  • BlindBill

    The did not mention that they “comped” the tickets for actor Sylvester Stallone and music producer Quincy Jones.
    This does not appear as a conflict of interest – it is a conflict of interest and don-the-con does not care…. because no one with actual power is going to do anything about it.

  • The_Wretched

    Most. corrupt. admin. ever.

    and they aren’t even in office yet!

    • BudClark

      And yet the approx. 50% who DIDN’T VOTE AT ALL don’t seem to give a rosy red rat’s rectum.


  • Lumpy Gaga

    I wasn’t gonna go, because JMG said it was only going to be “Opulent and Majestic”. Then I took a look for myself, and saw that it is going to be “Legendary, Opulent, and Majestic”.

    Off to StubHub….

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Megan Mullally on Trump to Stepen Colbert: “NO! NO! Don’t give him any points for ANTHING!”. Mullally then decided to share background on her 2006 appearance with Donald on the Emmys doing the theme from “Green Acres”.

    Worth checking out the whole clip if it’s online. Was filmed after the White House Xmas Party.

  • Acronym Jim

    Hopefully, by this time next year, Trump will have to pay others to attend his New Year’s bash.

  • mikeinrkfd

    I just live down the road a bit, maybe I should go!

  • pebouky

    HELL…thats no surprise. they all wanna suck the tit of trump….just like turtle mitch, eddie munster, Chris Christie, RHEINZ PREEbus, jeff sessions, etc etc + bill gates i guess…oh, add Bristol (oh no, another baby) Palin……..bunch of fucking brown nosers…..everyone waiting for what might fall from the kings table

  • Lumpy Gaga

    I’ve just concocted the perfect drink for this Legendary, Opulent and Majestic event: A Manhattan made with Jack Daniels and (my secret ingredient) white chocolate.

    • edrex


      • Lumpy Gaga

        Well, no cherries, so…

  • Henry Auvil

    I heard the Lincoln Bedroom will be going for $15,000 per night starting on January 20th. $20 G if you want a personal turn-down by Ivanka.

  • jsmukg

    The ultimate TACKY PARTY.

  • rextrek1

    ohhh I see…But it’s Hillary who Is the Crooked One…..Riiiiight…..got ya………! (wink,wink)

  • Brian in Valdosta

    If it were President Obama planning to do this, the teabaggers and republikkklans would be screaming from every orifice that he was selling the office of the president, that this was a yyyuuuge conflict of interest, that it was an impeachable offense, blah blah crazy blah.

    If it were Hillary, they would be saying, “See? She really IS Crooked Hillary, selling herself to the highest bidder. Like a whore, whoring herself to the highest bidder. And Jebus cleaned out the market places or yaddah yaddah crazy yaddah.”

    I despise these people.

  • fuzzybits


    • fuzzybits

      Oops,should’ve scrolled down. Never mind.

  • MΩebym

    A President for the Working Class!

    My ass.

    • Mihangel apYrs

      well anyone can go.

      If they can afford it

  • Friday

    Well, that’s pretty obscene, isn’t it?

  • Uncle Mark

    Is Putin coming too?


      He’s bringing the caviar pate’.

      • Uncle Mark

        Well, it’s gotta be better than the cat food gold-painted Trump is serving

  • By Stander

    Yet the reports are that they are having a hard time finding “name acts” to perform at the inauguration.

  • John B.
  • Piet

    They must really believe that if they keep saying the president cannot and does not have a conflict it will magically be true. It’s going to be interesting when someone finally is able to pop that bubble for them.

  • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

    The more he’s ripping people off the less time he has to spend running the country.

  • Joseph Miceli

    For those of you who remember the Bush years, in terms of corruption you haven’t seen anything yet! This is going to be a lot worse!
    One good thing though: remember the parody site “WhiteHouse.org?” Well, if you click on the link it says” coming soon.” Oh Boy! Andrew Bradley is at it again!

  • stuckinthewoods

    Architectural Digest for Dec 2016 has a article on the furnishing and decoration of the Obamas’ private quarters in the White House. Restrained, comfortable, no ormolu.

  • EdA

    “The transition is not concerned about the appearance of a conflict,” she told Politico.

    Nor is anything else associated with this swindling taxcheat.

    Oh, nobody told Quincy Jones he was going. I wonder if Sylvester Stallone also knows that he’s going.

  • Mihangel apYrs


    Brenda has to do that sort of thing for formal meals, and Putin tries to compete with the Tsars, but “restraint” is considered the epitome of class, rather than faux plasterwork and gold leaf

    • BudClark

      Gold is so Nouveau riche (read: “tacky”)

      • Mihangel apYrs

        moderation and restraint are the motifs of good taste.

        Mr Trump has a proven track-record demonstrating this (by omission)

  • BudClark

    Mark my words: he is going to suck the pockets of the American people BONE-dry.