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Hurricane Matthew May Take Revenge on Donald Trump

It's looking possible that Florida in general, and Palm Beach in particular, will be hit not once, but twice by Hurricane Matthew. This raises the question: Will this be God's revenge on Donald Trump? Will Mar-a-Lago, the private club that doubles as his Florida home, be swept away by the waves, a testament to man's folly and the power of nature to triumph over hubris? 

Trump himself has been campaigning in Nevada, so he'll be missing the hurricane, but there's plenty of people hoping it destroys his house (ideally, without hurting anyone in the process).
To be entirely fair, Trump isn't personally responsible for the sprawling 58-bedroom, 38-bathroom, gold-plated extravaganza that is Mar-a-Lago. It was originally the home of General Foods heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and is considered one of Florida's most architecturally significant properties.

But, thanks to the 2016 election, it's become synonymous with Trump's hypocrisy (he brought in hundreds of foreign workers on H-2B visas while talking about how we need to return jobs to U.S. citizens) and shady business practices (he routinely failed to pay employees and contractors). Also, last week he made the argument that he couldn't possibly be racist because he let black people and Muslims into Mar-a-Lago. 

In any case, as of 11 a.m. Thursday, with the storm yet to hit, Mar-a-Lago looked to be directly in the storm's path. Winds were picking up in Palm Beach, and the gate to the house was closed. An empty car from the Palm Beach Police Department was conspicuously parked in a driveway nearby.

A Mar-a-Lago security guard tried to stop New Times  from taking a photo of the building, raising another question: Given that the entire town of Palm Beach is under mandatory evacuation, why is Donald Trump forcing his employees to stick around just in case some nosy reporter stops by? 

Trump did not respond to Tweets requesting comment. 

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Antonia Farzan is a fellow at New Times. After receiving a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, she moved to South Florida to pursue her dream of seeing a manatee and meeting DJ Khaled (ideally at the same time). She was born and raised in Rhode Island and has a BA in classics from Hamilton College.