HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The star of President Donald Trump is back on the Walk of Fame, after being destroyed in July with a pickax by Austin Clay. The West Hollywood City Council voted to have Trump’s star removed in August, but the city of West Hollywood does not have the authority to remove any star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, who were responsible for the addition of the star, released a statement via CEO, Leron Gubler that read:
“Any star, which is vandalized or destroyed, no matter which honoree it belongs to will be replaced by the Hollywood Historic Trust, a non-profit, non-partisan group.” He continued to say, “When people are angry with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California State landmark. Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a real difference by voting and not destroying public property.”
The star has been the center of commotion in recent years. It was recently the scene of a fight between Donald Trump supporters and those against Trump. On August 15, Clay pled not guilty to one count of vandalism. In 2016, a man was arrested after he admitted to hacking at the star with a pickaxe.
After the recent destruction of Trump’s star, on August 9, a street artist group called “The Faction,” recreated a few replicas of the star on the Walk of Fame. The group wrote on Twitter, “Keep taking down the @realdonaldtrump star, and we will further spread Trump Derangement Syndrome by installing a never ending stream of stars.”