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America Revisited : What happens in Vegas


I  was waiting for an Uber on the Vegas Strip last night, looking up wide-eyed at some of the crazy crowded exuberant neon skyline. From the casinos of Caesar’s Palace to The Mirage to Treasure Island. Next , perfectly framed in the top of a palm tree against a purple sky, was the shining golden name “Trump”, set on top of his shining golden tower.

Only a couple of days ago, I’d seen that name set in a pink and gold star on LA’s Hollywood Walk of Fame. image.jpegYes, he is everywhere, from sidewalk to skyline to screen. Donald Trump is already a mythical creature. And the myth he’s projecting is of a Yankee King Midas. He wants voters here to believe that everything he touches turns to gold – they can get some of that too – if only they hand him the keys to the White House.

It’s going to be hard for Hillary Clinton to battle myth and promise and glitter with sober recitals of her experience and her ‘sales pitch’ of dedication to a life of hard work and tough choices.

They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. I don’t know. For many millions of American conservatives dazzled by Trump (or truly repulsed by Clinton), this could be more than a guilty vacation romance. They’re looking at a longer term gamble – heading to the Chapel of Love.

Author: philippathomas

I've been a BBC newswoman for 30 years: reporting from around the world. Currently to be seen anchoring BBC World News TV. Main interests - politics, psychology, reading, trekking, and all things American. I began this personal blog as a 2011 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard. You can also find me talking daily news on Twitter at @PhilippaBBC, coaching @positivecoachi3, and life & travel on Instagram at @philippanews. Thanks for reading!

2 thoughts on “America Revisited : What happens in Vegas

  1. Much enjoying your blogs, and your perspicacious comments. Very depressing, though, to hear about all these rednecks who love Trump. Here, of course, we have our own version in the shape of Bojo, and I get equally depressed at the number of people I meet who think because he’s funny and a clown, that he’s therefore worth backing!! Let’s hope some commonsense prevails eventually before it’s too late. Keep your news and views from the USA coming – great stuff.

  2. Thank you for reading Lionel!

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