This is one of the paradoxes of this election. Donald Trump has turned himself into a hero of working-class Americans, appealing to nativist sentiments and to those who have lost their jobs. But people like them will never see the inside of the place that The Donald calls home in Florida.


The New York Times has an article today describing the baronial mansion where Donald lives when he is not in his penthouse on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The article quotes the butler, who has worked in the house for many decades.


“You can always tell when the king is here,” Mr. Trump’s longtime butler here, Anthony Senecal, said of the master of the house and Republican presidential candidate.


The king was returning that day to his Versailles, a 118-room snowbird’s paradise that will become a winter White House if he is elected president. Mar-a-Lago is where Mr. Trump comes to escape, entertain and luxuriate in a Mediterranean-style manse, built 90 years ago by the cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post.

Few people here can anticipate Mr. Trump’s demands and desires better than Mr. Senecal, 74, who has worked at the property for nearly 60 years, and for Mr. Trump for nearly 30 of them.


He understands Mr. Trump’s sleeping patterns and how he likes his steak (“It would rock on the plate, it was so well done”), and how Mr. Trump insists — despite the hair salon on the premises — on doing his own hair.


Mr. Senecal knows how to stroke his ego and lift his spirits, like the time years ago he received an urgent warning from Mr. Trump’s soon-to-land plane that the mogul was in a sour mood. Mr. Senecal quickly hired a bugler to play “Hail to the Chief” as Mr. Trump stepped out of his limousine to enter Mar-a-Lago.



Mar-a-Lago seems to have prepared Trump well for the pomp and circumstance at the White House. Actually, the White House may seem small compared to Mar-a-Lago. Let’s hope he stays in Palm Beach.