Donald Trump's 'Walk of Fame' star has been destroyed with a pick axe
Over the years, President Donald Trump's enemies have expressed their ire for him in innumerable ways. There have been vicious social media posts, an angry Trump baby blimp that flew above heads in London, a f**k Donald Trump rap song, numerous SNL sketches, along with some of the largest protests in US history. All in all, you would think that the Republican president's opposers would be running out of ways to demonstrate their displeasure.
However, you'd be wrong. The former reality TV star's adversaries have plenty more hidden in their back pockets, as proven when one of them obliterated his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Local reports suggest that a vandal wielded a pick axe and used it to smash Trump's star to smithereens, with Hollywood division officers reportedly responding to a call at 3.33am.
US media initially reported that Los Angeles police were investigating after the perpetrator - who apparently concealed the pickaxe in a guitar case - escaped. However, later Wednesday morning a man allegedly turned himself in at the Beverly Hills Police Department.
The unidentified individual left a quite the scene in his wake, with dusty residue strewn along the pavement and incredibly little of the five-pointed star remaining intact. Patricia Cox, a witness, told CNN affiliate KCAL/KCBS that she had seen a man "going to town" on the ground "like it was his business just to be tearing up the ground," adding: "I thought it was work going on over here."
Trump's star - the 2,327th one on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - was first installed in 2007 at 6801 Hollywood Blvd, near the Dolby Theatre where the Oscars are held. He was granted the terrazzo and brass star due to his stint appearing on The US Apprentice, an American reality TV show that judges the business skills of a group of contestants, with each winner gaining a one-year $250,000 starting contract to run one of Trump's companies.
Today is not the first time the businessman's star has been vandalised; in fact, it has been damaged a number of times (but never on this level). In 2016, it was defaced by a man wearing a hard-hat and reflective vest swinging a sledgehammer and pick-axe in pre-dawn darkness.
The vandal in question turned out to be a man called James Lambert Otis, an elevator company scion, who claimed he had destroyed the star to show support for the women who had accused the president of sexual harassment, in the wake of the infamous Billy Bush tape. Otis pleaded no contest to felony vandalism and received three years' probation.
Prior to this, LA-based street artist Plastic Jesus built a wall around The Apprentice boss' star, a response to Trump's call for a "great, great wall" on the US-Mexico border to stop illegal immigrants. The 15cm high concrete wall was topped with razor wire, miniature US flags and included 'Keep Out' signs written in both Spanish and English.
"I wanted to create a piece that drew attention to [Trump's] potential policies," Plastic Jesus tole the BBC. "I knew this week was the Republican convention and I suppose I was capitalising on the momentum of the convention."
There has been no official comment from Trump or his administration on the most recently vadalisation of his star so far.