Published: Sat, August 11, 2018

Fake Donald Trump stars pop up on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Fake Donald Trump stars pop up on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Trump's real Walk of Fame star has recently gained media attention after a 24-year-old man was charged with one felony count of vandalism after he allegedly destroyed the star with a pickaxe on July 25.

Several fake stars bearing Donald Trump's name reportedly dotted empty spaces on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday. Later that month a vandal nearly completely destroyed the star using a pick-axe, and in August the West Hollywood City Council voted in favor of a motion calling for the permanent removal of the president's star, citing "his disturbing treatment of women and other actions that do not meet the shared values of the City of West Hollywood, the region, state, and country".

The 50 stars, which are vinyl (but look surprisingly authentic) are the product of a conservative street artist affiliates with Sabo who told the Hollywood Reporter he wished to remain anonymous.

The Hollywood Reporter also notes some of the faux Trump stars have already been peeled up. The stars, printed on sheets of floor vinyl with adhesive backing, cost $1,000 and were financed in part by "a young and anonymous entrepreneur", according to the Reporter.

Police arrested a man, Austin Clay, who claimed responsibility for the vandalism that destroyed Trump's star last month.

'I didn't want to get hit over the head from behind.

Instead of removing the president's star, the Democrat mayor urged Democrats to give up the back-and-forth political attacks and instead focus on practical efforts to take control of the House in the November midterms. The artist said he was motivated by the West Hollywood vote and the repeated vandalism of Mr. Trump's star. "If no one peels these off, they could last there for 10 years". "... Every moment we're out there fighting these fights, or just on our Twitter feed, are moments we could be registering voters and actually flipping this Congress".

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