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Phoebe Tonkin photographed by Alexandra Nataf for Matteau Swim SS17

Just to give everybody a quick geography lesson, Palm Beach is home to Mar-a-Lago. Right across the waterway is the creatively named West Palm Beach. And while Palm Beach is an ideal place for rich people to live and schmooze, West Palm Beach has crime rates on par with Chicago, a place that our president may very well actually be scared of. According to Alyssa, the nearby Delray Beach “has a reputation for being the drug rehab clinic capital of the U.S.” Lake Worth also has some major violence problems. So basically, if one of America’s most violent cities decided to lay a medieval-style siege to Mar-a-Lago, they might be able to pull it off for a hot minute.

“[West Palm Beach] is a whole different world than Palm Beach,” said Jim. “Palm Beach doesn’t have gunshots going off at 3:00 in the morning, or dead bodies being found being routine news. They don’t have to worry about meth-heads or gangs.”

Furthermore, it seems like those gangs (which are already a huge problem for West Palm Beach) really don’t like the dichotomy that our sitting president seems to represent. “There’s a gas station on one of the routes Trump travels to Mar-A-Lago,” Jim told us. “The owner is a big Trump supporter, and rolled out a big ‘Welcome President Trump’ sign. I gas up there one day, and the next time I pull in, the sign is down and covered with graffiti. It’s from one of the gangs here. They put the biggest tag on the ’T’ in Trump to make it look like 'rump.’ I walk in to pay, and when I asked about the sign, the owner told me 'It happened the first night.’ I can’t think of a more WPB greeting for the president. It’s the differences between the two worlds.”

So when President Trump comes to town and redirects police manpower toward his security, it’s actually making things worse.

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