President Donald Trump’s star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame is under consideration for removal after a second act of vandalism struck the former reality show star’s totem in July.
The West Hollywood City Council announced on Monday that it will be convening to discuss removing the iconic image, citing Trump’s “disturbing treatment of women and other actions” that go against the “shared values” of the West Hollywood community, the state of California, and “the country.”
“The City Council will consider adopting a resolution urging the Los Angeles City Council and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove President Donald J. Trump’s star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, due to 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 council’s agenda statement for Monday reads.
In addition to mentioning the infamous Access Hollywood recording in which Trump is heard bragging about sexually assaulting women, the WeHo City Council cited numerous other behaviors espoused by the president that will affect its decision.
- The zero tolerance policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border
- Trump’s belligerent assertion that the investigation into Russian interference in American elections is a “hoax” and “rigged witch hunt,” and his “continuous refusal to hold Russia accountable for its crimes”
- Climate change denial and pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord
- Attempting to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military
- The president’s plan to use funds from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to cover the costs of the zero tolerance border policy
- Trump’s “behavior toward women, particularly in the #timesup and #metoo movements”
Based on these factors, the City of West Hollywood is recommending the City Council of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce order the immediate removal of Trump’s Walk of Fame Star, as his actions should “not be acceptable in the Hollywood and entertainment industry communities.”
The council’s push to toss Trump off the walk of fame breaks from their previous policy of not removing stars over “backlash and historical landmark status.” The council had previously refused to remove Bill Cosby’s star for these reasons.
Last month, Trump’s star was smashed with a pickaxe by 24-year-old Austin Mikel Clay, who faces a felony vandalism charge and a $20,000 fine. In 2016, 53-year-old James Lambert Otis used a jackhammer and pickaxe to desecrate the star. He pleaded no contest to one count of felony vandalism.
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