MANNING with a few colleagues the front desk of the gleaming Trump hotel, where even the wallpaper and drinking fountains are gilded and the exterior windows are dripping with gold, Gabriel says he will get off work early to vote for his boss at the Republican caucuses on February 23rd. Nataly, who is standing at the entrance of the restaurant on the ground floor to welcome diners, says she didn’t even know that the caucuses were taking place, though in the morning she had glimpsed the blond chevelure of Donald Trump himself, who sometimes stays in his hotel. A waitress in the café next to the swimming pool (with a big yellow “T” on its submerged floor), explains diplomatically that she needs to do more research before deciding for whom to vote.
An unrepresentative survey of staff members at Mr Trump’s five-star extravaganza, each of them of Hispanic extraction, reveals that Mr Trump didn’t put any pressure, however subtle, on his employees to vote for him. He possibly felt he didn’t need to. A member of the Trump team, who was sitting next to the hotel pool in a blue T-shirt emblazoned with the Trump campaign slogan, “Make...Continue reading