Trump's failed Atlantic City Casino was destroyed before the crowd cheered

Trump's failed Atlantic City Casino was destroyed before the crowd cheered

10.05.2021 0 By Andrzej Sikorski

The fall of a leader with authoritarian instincts is usually symbolized by overturned statues and looted palaces. For Donald Trump, perhaps inevitably it was the demolition of a failed casino.

On Wednesday, the former Trump Plaza hotel and casino in Atlantic City, NJ, was destroyed in 20 seconds with 3,000 sticks of dynamite. It fell into such a disrepair that fragments of the building fell to the ground.

The casino opened in 1984 during the decade of Trump's excesses and other kings of capitalism. Events were organized for countless Hollywood actors, rock stars and athletes. But after a series of bankruptcy filings, the New York real estate mogul and reality TV host severed his relationship with him in 2009.

By the time it finally closed its doors in 2014, Trump Plaza was the worst-performing casino in Atlantic City, taking from players the same amount of money in eight and a half months as the Borgata Casino every two weeks. A year later, Trump announced his landmark US presidential candidacy, often citing Atlantic City as proof of his entrepreneurship.

The end of the Plaza came around 9am in a series of explosions. The building collapsed and a huge cloud of dust engulfed the beach and Atlantic City's famous promenade.

There were cheers from people who paid $ 10 to watch from their cars. Marty Small, the town's mayor who described the abandoned building as ugly, told the Associated Press: “I got chills. This is a historic moment. It was exciting. "

Small estimated the remaining debris was about eight stories high and would be cleared by June 10. Some of them could be used by ecologists interested in building an artificial fishing reef off the coast of Atlantic City.

It was the last casino in Atlantic City to bear the name of Trump. Trump Taj Mahal has been renamed the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and Trump Marina is now renamed the Golden Nugget Atlantic City.

Michael Beschloss, the president's historian, tweeted on Wednesday: "Metaphor alert: Alongside the bankruptcy of Trump Plaza and Casino, which just collapsed this morning, is the Atlantic City convention hall where the LBJ accepted the 1964 Democratic nomination and praised the Grand Society. "