back to article Atlantic City auctions off chance to hit Big Red Button and make grotesque Trump Plaza casino go boom

Off he went with a Trumpety-Trump. Trump, Trump, Trump. It's all we've heard for the past four years, and if the pandemic has done an iota of good, it's to have wrested some of the news agenda off the United States' lunatic ex-president. Sure, he had some time in the sun whining about how Joe Biden got more votes than him – …

  1. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

    "Made a lot of money and got out"

    In Trump's world, this apparently equates to "ran a casino into bankruptcy". A casino, where the business model is that people turn up and give you their money.

    Now, if he did actually make money from it, I'm sure both his creditors, and the IRS would be interested to hear about how much, and what happened to it.

    1. EveryTime

      Re: "Made a lot of money and got out"

      A subset of owners almost certainly did make money overall. And the parties with "losses" likely did pretty well.

      If it is your goal, it's easy to make lots of revenue go out the side door, rather than show up as profit. Then the primary corporation folds with a giant paper loss, generating tax benefits for the shareholders and bad loan write-off tax benefits for the lenders.

      Trump accumulated tax-credit 'losses' wildly in excess of his investments through the 1980s and 1990s. Those losses were part of his tax avoidance through at least 2014.

  2. alain williams Silver badge
    Mushroom

    Will Trump be tied up in the basement ?

    If not then it will not be worth bidding!

    1. HildyJ Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Re: Will Trump be tied up in the basement ?

      It won't even have the Trump name on it. They should at least hang a big Trump Plaza banner before it goes boom.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Will Trump be tied up in the basement ?

        For an additional promotional consideration you could probably paint whatever you want on it. Trump balloon baby might also be available to to put in an appearance.

  3. Alistair
    Windows

    The Question of the Day for this

    Considering the number of "You're fired" moments from 2016 to 2020, has any of the fired placed a bid? Or perhaps any ex partners (of any sort)?

    1. macjules Silver badge

      Re: The Question of the Day for this

      I should think that Trump himself will be bidding. Of course one would hope that the charity will ensure cleared funds before letting him near the BRB.

  4. Mike 137 Silver badge

    The possibilities are ...

    "This will be done remotely and can be done anywhere in the world"

    I wonder if someone will find a way to hack it ahead of schedule?

    1. sanmigueelbeer Silver badge

      Re: The possibilities are ...

      I wonder if someone will find a way to hack it ahead of schedule?

      Password: MAGA2020

      1. chivo243 Silver badge
        Pint

        Re: The possibilities are ...

        I thought i read it was Maga2020! No, seriously, I didn't try it, I swear! Truthfully!

      2. Jason Bloomberg
        Paris Hilton

        Re: The possibilities are ...

        IWON2020

        1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
          Facepalm

          Re: The possibilities are ...

          4MORYRS!

          Icon most like Trump ---------->

          1. zuckzuckgo Bronze badge
            Facepalm

            Re: The possibilities are ...

            > Icon most like Trump ---------->

            Not orange enough.

      3. sanmigueelbeer Silver badge

        Re: The possibilities are ...

        ILLBEBACK2024

        1. teknopaul Silver badge

          Re: The possibilities are ...

          ILLBEOUT2024

  5. IGotOut Silver badge

    I know who will win this

    Ren Zhengfei

    Just imagine the smile on his face.

    Of course, Trump will say it's a victory for him and how much money he made for the charity with his name alone.

    Or he'll just sue as usual.

    1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge
      Trollface

      Re: I know who will win this

      My money's on Xi Jinping to take the prize...

  6. FlavioStanchina

    is Biden bidding?

    1. A. Coatsworth
      Coat

      Biden already demolished him, and without even waking up...

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        1. DS999 Silver badge

          Sourced from the same batshit right wing media bubble that claimed Hillary was dying four years ago. Not that President Harris would be a bad thing, except for white supremacists who had their moment in the sun under Trump and now have to crawl back under their rock where they belong.

          1. Evil Auditor

            There was a moment, long past, when I wondered whether it was indeed good to see those nutjob supremacists openly in daylight. But nah, it's better if they stay under their rocks where they belong to.

            1. Winkypop Silver badge
              Thumb Up

              Nut jobs sans rocks

              Good thing is, while they were out from under said rock, names and addresses were taken.

              A subset of humanity that needs to be watched.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          @James12345

          Plotting to kill the next PotUS? Even joking about that is a crime. What is that noise? Is that the Feds outside your door ... ? (See: https://www.newstatesman.com/node/155173)

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Any of you have an itchy trigger finger?

    easy now, still a few weeks to go! Any time by then and the eager beavers might find themselves against the wrong end of the barrel ;)

  8. Spanners Silver badge
    Holmes

    Will DT keep all hist titles?

    I know that, in the USA, they like to refer to previous incumbents as President - even Nixon got this.

    Will we still be allowed to refer to Trump as SCROTUS?

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      1. JDPower Bronze badge

        Re: Will DT keep all hist titles?

        Speaking of "not keeping up with the facts:

        https://www.factcheck.org/2020/09/reviewing-the-facts-in-anti-harris-ad-on-accused-child-rapist/

    2. Corporate Scum

      Re: Will DT keep all hist titles?

      Please lets all push to strip him of the title of president, former president, and commander in chief. He refused to do the job when he was in office, we can take the privilege back from him for killing more Americans than Vietnam or Cancer.

      That said, you can refer to him as SCROTUS whenever you want. You've earned it.

      1. DS999 Silver badge

        Re: Will DT keep all hist titles?

        I'm more concerned that they except him from the practice of giving former presidents the presidential daily briefing. The logic is that the current president may ask past presidents for advice so they need to know the situation when that happens.

        Trump never read it in the first place, is known to have given up secrets to the Russian ambassador inside the oval office (but his apologists pointed out that's not illegal since the president can declassify anything he wants) and there is exactly zero chance any future president will ask his advice about anything other than perhaps how to pay off women they've had sex with.

        Though I have to admit part of me wants to see him keep getting it, but with a few modifications made to put honeypot secrets in there that will be irresistible for him to offer up to his buddies like Putin or MBS - something that we'll be able to tell if they've received by their actions (like listing someone close to Putin as a double agent, then seeing if that person suddenly disappears) Any pardon Trump may have tried to give himself or got from Pence in a last minute deal wouldn't help him from that prosecution!

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Will DT keep all hist titles?

      Will we still be allowed to refer to Trump as SCROTUS?

      We usually called it IMPOTUS - IMpeached Pustulent Old Twaddle Uttering Shitshow.

  9. codejunky Silver badge

    Good idea

    This is a great way to make a fool part with their money, but had it been done so every grudge holder could pay towards it (have a stick of dynamite with your name on it by donating) a lot more money could be raised.

    1. Shadow Systems

      Re: Good idea

      How much for a block of C4? *Cough* Asking for a friend... *Cackle*

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Good idea

        I'll add a side of Borax, magnesium, and Iron filings. let's make it festive and add sparkles and some green flames!

    2. hayzoos

      Re: Good idea

      Good idea in concept, but a controlled implosion calls for a fairly precise amount of explosives meticulously placed. I'm afraid if your plan were implemented, Pennsylvania would suddenly have beach front property.

  10. Doctor Syntax Silver badge
    Mushroom

    Bad timing

    "The winning bidder during the live auction on 19 January will have the honour of tearing it down 10 days later. "

    I really hope that 10 is a typo for 1.

    1. skeptical i
      Mushroom

      Re: Bad timing

      Hrm, maybe it's to give the winner the option of pressing The Button in person? Might not be as easy to jump a plane to get anywhere overnight these days, and if I had the money to win the auction I'd want to do the deed in person. With extreme prejudice.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Bad timing

      Indeed. Doing it on the 20th, just after the inauguration of Biden, would have been perfect.

  11. Commswonk Silver badge
    Coat

    Point of Order

    I am still pondering the physics of making a building implode.

    Explode, or collapse, OK... but implode?

    What is there that when a button is pushed or a mouse clicked generates an enormous vacuum inside a building so that it implodes?

    Perhaps I should get out more. And perhaps the coat should be white and flapping... :)

    1. Jellied Eel Silver badge

      Re: Point of Order

      What is there that when a button is pushed or a mouse clicked generates an enormous vacuum inside a building so that it implodes?

      Maybe a prototype of Elon Musk's Hypeloop.. Or not, as that would generate both negative pressure and publicity. ThunderF00t's been having more fun fisking that venture on his YT channel.

      Otherwise I wonder if the last throws of the Presidency would allow Trump to order a MOAB dropped on it given FAED's are sorta implosion devices. But sadly the reality is it just means the demolition's rigged to make the building collapse inwards instead of outwards. Hopefully.

    2. MiguelC Silver badge
      Boffin

      Re: Point of Order

      « The term "implosion" was coined by my grandmother back in, I guess, the '60s. It's a more descriptive way to explain what we do than "explosion". There are a series of small explosions, but the building itself isn't erupting outward. It's actually being pulled in on top of itself. What we're really doing is removing specific support columns within the structure and then cajoling the building in one direction or another, or straight down.»

      — Stacy Loizeaux, NOVA, December 1996

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Point of Order

        So you're saying it's the opposite of Fred Dibnah (RIP) taking down a chimney. I'm sorta with ya.

        1. Natalie Gritpants Jr Silver badge
          Unhappy

          Re: Point of Order

          Didn't know he had died, he will be missed.

          1. Arthur the cat Silver badge

            Re: Point of Order

            Didn't know he had died, he will be missed.

            16 years ago. Do keep up.

            1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

              Re: Point of Order

              Yes. It was a repeat you were watching on BBC4.

  12. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
    Mushroom

    Jeff Bezos...

    can you spare a bit of loose change to give to a good cause? Probably tax deductible too - Trump would approve.

    "The iconic Trump Tower has been renamed Amazon Tower after being purchased... byJeff Bezos"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=97&v=53nyFuGdlEk

    (link set to start at 1:37 into video)

    "The President Gets Evicted From The White House" - The President Show

  13. Chris G Silver badge

    Hey!

    "Anyone speak Korean? There's a guy here I think wants to bid on pressing the button."

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
      Alert

      Re: Hey!

      He may even be willingwanting to supply a suitable "explosive device"

  14. Velv
    Joke

    The Art of The Deal

    I tried reading Trump's The Art Of The Deal. It's long. really long. It's got 29 Chapter 11s.

  15. s. pam
    Boffin

    I just tweeted the event to joe biden

    i thought he may have a supporter that would like the honour to do that for him, or give him the button as a coronation pressie

  16. Kev99

    How about timing it for 11:59 AM on January 20, 2021? So appropriate.

    1. DS999 Silver badge

      And put the button

      On top of the bible that Biden is sworn in with! And it wouldn't be a terrible thing if it was miswired and blew up Mar-A-Lago instead.

      1. Tom 7 Silver badge

        Re: And put the button

        Apparently Trump was going to live in Mar-A-Lago once kicked out of the WH. Turns out he's only allowed to spend 3 consecutive weeks there in a year - part of the planning permission.

        1. EveryTime

          Re: And put the button

          According the Washington Post story, the limit is no more than 7 days consecutively and no more than 21 days a year. It applies to any guest, not Trump specifically, but Trump's attorney at the planning meeting did specifically agree that Trump would adhere to the restrictions.

          Curiously, it throws Trump's Florida mail-in vote into question. He arguably voted illegally, since his proper domicile should be either New York or Washington D.C. For 2017 and 2018 he spent a total of 69 days in Florida, which was not enough to establish new residency when it still had a stronger presence in New York.

          1. DS999 Silver badge

            Re: And put the button

            It won't happen with Florida's republican governor and AG, but it sure would have been funny if Trump was prosecuted for an illegal absentee vote in Florida!

  17. Diogenes

    Not ex President yet

    He is is still President until 11:59 on Jan 20

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Not ex President yet

      And yet he didn't actually do the job a single day he was in office. Can we claw that back pay away from him, and maybe bill for expenses and back rent? I'm sure he'll just trick people into donating the money to him, but that's a self punishing mistake at least.

      1. Helcat

        Re: Not ex President yet

        "Can we claw that back pay away from him"

        Apparently he didn't get paid. Might be wrong about that, but it was one of the things about Trump that, if true, I'd approve of.

        1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
          Thumb Down

          Re: Not ex President yet

          He did state that he was not going to take a salary. However, a lot of Trump properties did benefit from both US Government payments for services - such as accommodating staff at Mar-a-lago, and other persons - both foreign and domestic politicians and business people spending money at Trump properties such as the hotel near the White House. So, forgoing the salary of the POTUS is small change compared to the benefit he has received elsewhere

          https://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2018-03-05/how-is-donald-trump-profiting-from-the-presidency-let-us-count-the-ways

  18. DrXym Silver badge

    Personal anecdote

    Fun fact 1: Trump's casinos received record fines for money laundering conducted on their premises by Russian gangs. Fun fact 2: His casinos were so boring and garish that they lost money hand over fist.

    If you can't turn a profit in a casino then either you're a crook and/or incompetent.

    1. Kane Silver badge

      Re: Personal anecdote

      "If you can't turn a profit in a casino then either you're a crook and/or incompetent."

      Nah, even when crooks run casinos, they make money. They're not as daft.

      1. DrXym Silver badge

        Re: Personal anecdote

        Sensible casino operators realise they can make scads of money by operating in a scrupulously fair and legal fashion because the odds always favour the house. The trick is to make the casino attractive not just for gambling but the overall experience - hotel rooms, entertainment, dining etc.

        The fact that Trump couldn't even manage that and they flopped and acted as fronts for criminal gangs says a lot about his incompetence.

  19. Winkypop Silver badge
    Childcatcher

    Joint effort

    Maybe a benefactor could pay for a bunch of kids in the Boys and Girls Club to all push a giant red button.

    2021

    Less Donald

    Boom!

    Yes please.

  20. sanmigueelbeer Silver badge

    Irritated by loss, Trump hunkers down at the White House and avoids talk of future

    Reuters: Irritated by loss, Trump hunkers down at the White House and avoids talk of future

    Trump faces a range of civil and criminal legal actions related to his family’s businesses and his activities before he took office, which could accelerate once he loses the legal protections granted the occupant of the Oval Office.

  21. Tom 7 Silver badge

    He's still lunatic president

    till 20/1/21 I believe.

  22. msobkow Bronze badge

    Can we push the button while the Orange Menace is IN the tower? PPPPPllllleeeeeeeaaaaaasssssseeeee?!?!?!!?!?!

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