A man took a pickaxe to Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star
There’s not a more polarizing figure on this planet than Donald Trump. While he inexplicably has a number of supporters who think he can do no wrong, he also (rightly) inspires feelings of rage and sadness in so many, which is why it’s not hard to see why a dude completely destroyed his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last night.
An unidentified man apparently strolled over to the star carrying a guitar case concealing a pickaxe and just absolutely went to town. Like, it’s now rubble.
— Ron Bird (@KUTVRon) July 25, 2018
Just…a total mess.
— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) July 25, 2018
Multiple people — including police — tell me a man walked up with a guitar case and pulled out the pick axe. Then, it’s believed, he called police himself to report it, but left the scene before they got here. Now, he’s nowhere to be found. @NBCLA pic.twitter.com/mJNh1dbO0J— Jonathan Gonzalez (@JonathanNBCLA) July 25, 2018
Police were called around 3:30am to the star’s location on Hollywood Boulevard near Highland Avenue, according to NBC News. It was witnesses at the scene who explained how it happened with the whole “dude hid a pickaxe hidden in a guitar case” thing. Trump received the star in 2007 for his NBC show The Apprentice.
Witness David Palmer told NBC, “I’m like, ‘Why are you hitting that star? What did Donald Trump do to you?’ Then he went around the corner and I think he left.”
What did Trump do to him? Really, bro? Do you read the news?
Whether or not you endorse vandalism and the destruction of property, you have to admit it was probably pretty satisfying for this person to take a pickaxe and lose his shit on the gilded name of one Donald Trump, admitted sexual assaulter, obvious racist, and overall awful human being. It’s frankly a wonder this isn’t happening on the daily, but it’s also definitely not the first time someone went Hulk Smash on Trump’s star.
In October 2016, James Otis dressed as a construction worker and took a pickaxe and a sledgehammer to it. He pleaded no contest to felony vandalism in February 2017 and was sentenced to three years probation, 20 days community service, and a $4,400 fine. Worth it? Only he can say.
Over on the Twitter, people aren’t exactly torn up over the president’s name being clubbed to unreadable smithereens.
Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star was smashed by some guy with a pickaxe.
I’d give my thoughts and prayers for Trump in this terrible time of mourning, but I really don’t care, do you?
— Emilia (@PoliticalEmilia) July 25, 2018
imagine how deeply satisfying this must have felt https://t.co/VQ6OLgBBpW
— priscilla page (@BBW_BFF) July 25, 2018
This is what Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star looks like this morning after someone took an ax to it.
I know I shouldn't like this, but I can't help liking it…https://t.co/M8uTqT06nd
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) July 25, 2018
You just know Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star being smashed to bits bothers him a zillion times more than children still separated from their parents.
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) July 25, 2018
Daunting day ahead, but this picture of the president’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star demolished with a pick axe will get me through it. pic.twitter.com/960qREPxrO
— Courtenay Hameister (@Wisenheimer) July 25, 2018
While I would never condone vandalism or destruction of property, this event serves to underscore the way this president is making people feel. Yes, whoever did it deserves punishment, but it’s not too hard to grasp what motivated him. When I see babies in cages, I have some not-so-great thoughts about our fearless ruler too — I just don’t act on them in an illegal and violent manner. I get upset on Facebook like a normal person.
The star smasher has since turned himself in to police.