PALM BEACH, Fla. — On Wednesday, Donald J. Trump did what many older New Yorkers do: He retired to Florida.
佛罗里达州棕榈滩——周三，唐纳德·J·特朗普(Donald J. Trump)做了许多老纽约客会做的事：退休后搬去佛罗里达。
His presidential career, filled with the bombast and showmanship he displayed while announcing his candidacy after a golden escalator ride in New York, ended quietly and in private, behind the groomed hedges of his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach.
The wealthy have long sought to retreat from public life on this chichi barrier island. High society knows a thing or two about discretion, and one could hardly pick a better place for seclusion than a luxurious oceanfront mansion during the glorious South Florida winter.
But in seeking refuge in Florida, as so many have done before him, Mr. Trump may find that some in Palm Beach are not exactly eager to embrace the former president as a full-time neighbor, not after he incited a mob of his supporters two weeks ago to storm the U.S. Capitol.
“Nobody that I’ve spoken to is looking forward to him coming back to Palm Beach,” said Richard J. Steinberg, a real estate broker who works in Palm Beach and New York. “Quite honestly, I think that whether you’re a Trump supporter or not, I don’t think that there are many people that in good conscience can justify what happened on Jan. 6, and I think that most — most — people hold him at least partially responsible.”
“和我聊过的人中，没有一个期待他重回棕榈滩的，”在棕榈滩和纽约工作的房地产经纪人理查德·斯坦伯格(Richard J. Steinberg)说。“老实讲，我认为，不管你是不是特朗普的支持者，我想很多有良心的人都没办法把1月6号发生的那件事正当化，我觉得，很多人——大多数人——都认为他至少要负一部分责任。”
Throngs of Mr. Trump’s supporters greeted his motorcade on Wednesday as it made one last trip along Southern Boulevard from Palm Beach International Airport to Mar-a-Lago, with many screaming in delight to catch a glimpse of him in his final moments as president.
“He gave us freedom,” said Valéry Barto of West Palm Beach, who sported a Make America Great Again hat and waited nearly three hours before Mr. Trump rolled by. “He was for us. Now it’s going to be all messed up.”
“他给了我们自由，”西棕榈滩的瓦莱里·巴托(Valery Barto)说。他戴着一顶“让美国再次伟大”(Make America Great Again)的帽子，等了近三个小时车队才来。“他都是为了我们。现在一切都会变得一团糟。”
No local leaders met Mr. Trump at the airport, as they might have on an official visit. Only a small group of supporters, many of them former campaign volunteers, waved silently when he walked off the plane. CNN did not carry Air Force One’s landing live.
But few people expect Mr. Trump’s presence to remain low-key for long.
Several of Mr. Trump’s children and associates are also decamping to South Florida. Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, have reportedly acquired a property on the exclusive island of Indian Creek, north of Miami, and rented an apartment in nearby Surfside. Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, have been spotted house-hunting in Jupiter, where The Palm Beach Post reported that some neighbors were already objecting to the couple’s possible presence.
特朗普的几个子女和他身边的一些人也在搬往南佛罗里达。据报道，伊万卡·特朗普(Ivanka Trump)和丈夫贾里德·库什纳(Jared Kushner)已在迈阿密以北的高级居住区印第安克里克岛上购得一处房产，并在附近的瑟夫赛德租了一间公寓。有人看到小唐纳德·特朗普(Donald Trump Jr.)和女友金伯利·吉尔福伊(Kimberly Guilfoyle)在朱庇特在看房，据《棕榈滩邮报》(Palm Beach Post)报道，一些邻居已经对这对夫妇可能迁入表示反对。
The town has also been abuzz about which (presumably) private school will enroll Barron Trump, and whether it will be near Mar-a-Lago or further south in Boca Raton or Fort Lauderdale, a move that would require the 14-year-old to while away many hours in South Florida’s notoriously dense traffic.
Michael Barnett, the chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party, said he had fielded calls in recent days from reporters from as far away as Germany and Japan asking about Mr. Trump’s post-presidency plans and the local G.O.P.’s political future.
“I’m sure he’s going to want to take some time to relax and rest,” Mr. Barnett said. “It’s been a long and tough four years, and he’s getting beaten up a lot. But all of us are sad to see the end of his presidency — or, some would say, his first term.”
As President Biden proclaimed during his inauguration speech in Washington that “democracy has prevailed,” a gaggle of Trump supporters near Mar-a-Lago cheered as a dark pickup truck passed waving a massive flag that read “TRUMP 2024.”
“The good news: He’s no longer at the White House,” said Terrie Rizzo, the chairwoman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party. “The bad news is he’s going to be in our backyard.”
Ms. Rizzo noted that some local Republicans have left the party since the insurrection at the Capitol — 1,488, according to the Palm Beach County elections supervisor’s office. “I won’t have to do a lot of rallying because having him here will be a rallying cry for Democrats,” Ms. Rizzo said.
Mr. Trump may find that his broader surroundings have changed somewhat since he was last a private citizen. The nation’s political divide is evident: An intersection in Palm Beach Gardens has been nicknamed “Trump Corner” because the former president’s supporters like to gather there. A big mural painted in black and white in downtown West Palm Beach reads “I can’t breathe.”
If Mr. Trump intends to live here permanently, there is likely to be some friction. He signed an agreement with Palm Beach in 1993 that said Mar-a-Lago, a private social club, could not be used as a full-time residence, and some neighbors have pressed Palm Beach officials to enforce the pact. Local reporters spotted moving trucks outside of Mar-a-Lago earlier in the week.
Kirk Blouin, the town manager, said in a statement on Wednesday that officials were “not aware of the president’s intent in this regard.”
“If and when the town learns, as a matter of fact, that President Trump intends to reside at Mar-a-Lago, it will address the matter appropriately at that time,” he said. (Mr. Trump and his relatives own other houses neighboring Mar-a-Lago.)
This month, Palm Beach County officials warned Mar-a-Lago that a New Year’s Eve party held at the venue violated a local mask mandate, as evidenced by social media posts featuring revelers who did not wear face coverings. But no citations were issued, and State Representative Omari Hardy, a Democrat whose district includes parts of the county, said officials gave Mr. Trump’s club special treatment.
“Rather than treating him as the other businesses, we’re going easy on him,” he said. “If Palm Beach County isn’t tough, then the president will walk all over us.”
When they are in town, the Trumps rarely leave the cocooned comforts of Mar-a-Lago. Few people expect that to change. The former president and first lady are unlikely to be seen perusing the designer stores on Worth Avenue or dining at La Goulue, the recently opened sister restaurant to the French bistro on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
“He never leaves his house,” said Jeff Greene, a Palm Beach real estate investor and former Mar-a-Lago member. “He goes to the golf club and back.”
Carey O’Donnell, a Palm Beach native who runs a marketing and public relations agency, said that isolation had always kept the Trumps from becoming fully enmeshed in the fabric of the town’s social life.
“Palm Beach has its own circulatory system,” she said. “As a private citizen, really, he’s never been a part of that, and I don’t see him changing the game much, except for the factor of having a child in school. That may bring the Trumps out a little bit more.”