Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida: ‘My name means a lot…I’m leading in every poll’

Before he was a brash outsider challenging the establishment and shaking up the 2016 Republican presidential race, Donald Trump caused similar pearl-clutching among the old guard in Palm Beach, Florida.

Trump rubbed plenty of folks the wrong way when he bought Mar-a-Lago in 1985, proposed carving it into eight “Mansions at Mar-a-Lago” and then settled on the idea of turning the landmark into a private club.

“A lot of people like to think Palm Beach is a little more genteel and old money. This is a new-money idea at an old-money location,” one socialite said in 1994.

But the Mar-a-Lago Club — and Trump — have become institutions in Palm Beach.

Could Trump follow his Palm Beach model to the Republican nomination and the White House?