Folks on the New Jersey coast and across the country rejoiced on Wednesday morning over an unassuming event: a building demolition. However, this wasn’t just any derelict coming down - it was Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.
“No, I meant in Atlantic City. Trump Plaza is imploding.”
Built in 1984, Trump Plaza was the first of three casinos Trump owned during an attempted foray into the gambling business. The failed 34-story hotel had stood vacant since 2014, an eyesore on the Atlantic City skyline. Three thousand sticks of dynamite tore through the structure, collapsing it in on itself at about 9 am Wednesday.
“This is not about President Trump, because, quite frankly, the people here in the great city of Atlantic City knew how the presidency was going to play out on a national stage because we’re one of the cities that knew him best,” Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small told an assembled crowd after the demolition. The city hosted a VIP breakfast event with front-row seats for the event, the proceeds of which were donated to a local charity, according to the New York Times.
However, for many folks on the internet, it was very clearly about Trump, the twice-impeached former head of state who escaped conviction for a second time last week after the Senate acquitted him of accusations he had incited the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol by his supporters.
“Watching the Trump Plaza Casino implode is the catharsis the country needs right now,” said one Twitterer.
Watching the Trump Plaza Casino implode is the catharsis the country needs right now. pic.twitter.com/VlnNm0oktf— Nicholas Ponticello (@NickPonticello) February 17, 2021
In a metaphorical tribute to his Presidency, Atlantic City's Trump Plaza is demolished by implosion using 3,000 sticks of dynamite. pic.twitter.com/WfnczImVWQ— Alexander Lerche (@AlexanderLerche) February 17, 2021
A good day In New Jersey! Bye Bye Trump Plaza Casino. pic.twitter.com/7JfG9FUWFH— Claudia Glaser She/Her (@ClaudiaGlaser) February 17, 2021
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who narrowly lost the 2016 presidential election to Trump, simply posted a waving emoji.
One person mused that it was finally “infrastructure week,” the seven-day-long focus on transit repair and expansion plans that Trump repeatedly promised but failed to deliver through his four-year presidency.
Infrastructure Week is finally here. Trump Plaza Casino in Atlantic City is now gone. pic.twitter.com/JgL9WHSyBS— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) February 17, 2021
However, some folks just really wanted to see a building explode. “I’ve just always wanted to see a building come down,” one New Jerseyite who came to see the demolition told the Times. “I’ve never seen one in person.”