A Scottish political activist and feminist has been exploring Second Life in search of virtual headquarters for real US political candidates, so when Ysabelle Stewart found a recreation of Donald Trump's Florida mansion, naturally I had to see it for my (avatar) self:
There it stood in all its garish glory, on a region fittingly named Lionheart, festooned with "Make America Great Again" signs, and a big beautiful welcome entrance. (Click here to visit yourself.)
I went through that entrance to explore the grounds myself, but as with real world Trump, virtual Trump doesn't exactly like journalists. (A really disgusting group of people, folks.) So within seconds after starting to stroll through Trump's mansion, a security robot booted me, depositing me back at my office, blinking in confusion. And when I returned to try again, here's what was waiting for me:
A wall. Virtual Trump had put up a big beautiful virtual wall to block out journalists and also presumably Mexicans, Muslims, and Megyn Kelly. This virtual wall looks a lot more feasible to create than the actual one Trump is proposing to build. Maybe instead of America, which actually seems to be doing relatively well, he should campaign to make the metaverse great again.
Speaking of campaigning, this election cycle seems sorely lacking in SL-based headquarters. Ysabelle did find one for Bernie Sanders, and it's about as no-frills and grassroots as Sanders himself:
So, the winner of best inworld campaign hub is Bernie Sanders, though couldn't get media player/TV to work: pic.twitter.com/ACjH2BdJN2— Ysabelle Stewart (@YsabelleStewart) March 23, 2016
... basically something you could build with just one of Bernie's $27 campaign contributions.
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