About 50 fake Donald Trump stars were found plastered all over the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday morning, The Hollywood Reporter said. The realistic full-sized vinyl stars were pasted on empty squares, apparently in response to recent acts of vandalism of the president’s original star and a vote to permanently remove it.
Meanwhile, a possible Trump 2020 presidential oponent said stop focusing on his Hollywood star and concentrate on flipping Congress in the mid-tern election.
The anonymous creator of the fake stars and friends who helped paste them down, calling themselves "The Faction," told THR they spent about $1,000 on the fake stars, which they printed on sheets of floor vinyl.
The prank comes in the wake of the West Hollywood city council's vote on Monday asking the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove the president's star from the Walk of Fame. That came after Austin Clay was suspected of taking a pickaxe to the star and destroying it on July 25. He has been charged with one count of felony vandalism.
A cleaning service that deals with graffiti and vandalism along the Walk of Fame told THR that it found about "about 50" if the fake Trump stars Thursday morning that "looked pretty real."
The anonymous artist threated more to come.
"Rip up the president's Walk of Fame star or try to have it removed — like you're the mayor of West Hollywood or something — and 30 more will pop up," the artist told THR.
"I didn't want to get hit over the head from behind. We thought Trump Derangement Syndrome was a joke, but I'm pretty sure it's real. If no one peels these off, they could last there for 10 years," the artist said.
Many of the stars, though, were peeled off during the day, with some saying that they feared vandalism if the fake stars stayed.
"We didn't want to have what happened to the old star here," a Ripley's Believe It or Not! Employee told THR. "Not only would the star be destroyed, but it would damage our property."
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a possible Democratic opponent to Trump in 2020, said focusing on Trump's Walk of Fame star was a waste of time, according to TMZ.
"I think we should be focused less on sidewalk brawls and more on replacing a Congress that enables him," Garcetti told TMZ. "… Every moment we're out there fighting these fights, or just on our Twitter feed, are moments we could be registering voters and actually flipping this Congress."
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