Last week, a man named Austin Clay destroyed Donald Trump‘s Walk of Fame star. And many times in the past Trump’s star has been destroyed, defaced, had a wall built around it and has become a magnet for dog poo and fist fights. Now, the West Hollywood City Council is considering a resolution to urge Los Angeles and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to just remove Donald Trump‘s star rather than let it remain as a lightning rod for vandalism and violence.
The resolution, initiated by Mayor Pro Tempore John D’Amico and Councilmember Lindsey Horvath, would request the Los Angeles City Council and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which controls the Walk of Fame, remove Donald Trump’s star. Though the ongoing maintenance issue is mentioned, the resolution spotlights Trump’s treatment towards women as the main reason.
“Starting with the 2016 presidential election a number of disturbing instances concerning Mr. Trump’s treatment of women came to light, including the Access Hollywood tape where Mr. Trump is heard making disparaging remarks about women, multiple allegations of abuse and efforts to cover up those instances, as well as continued derogatory remarks regarding women,” the resolution says.
“In addition to his treatment of women, other actions of Mr. Trump and his administration have not met the shared values of the City of West Hollywood, the region, state and country,” the statement reads.
The resolution also cites the Russia investigation, the ongoing separation of children from their parents at the border, the trans ban, Trump’s climate change denialism and the Trump administration’s plundering of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program to pay for detaining children.
The resolution has been added to the council’s consent calendar, in which multiple proposals can be voted on with one vote. The vote will take place next Monday, Aug. 6. The consent calendar also includes a resolution condemning Brett Kavanaugh as well as a number of resolutions addressing mundane city business. Given the nature of the consent calendar, we can assume the resolution will pass.
Of course, passing the resolution doesn’t mean Los Angeles will actually remove Donald Trump’s star. The resolution is non-binding; it’s more about making the WeHo council’s beliefs known rather than making it an action item.
Plus, we imagine if they decided to remove it, it’d make the star a site of even more political clashing.
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