Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Hollywood star has been vandalized, as critics petition for his arrest connecting him to violence among his supporters.
After photos and tweets surfaced about Trumps’s tarnished star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, reports sprung up over the weekend claiming it would be removed — but that turned out to be false.
Over the past few months, dog feces, a mute symbol and swastikas have covered the star, which The Wrap reports Trump received in 2007. A scribbling of disparaging phrases, including the word “racist,” has also covered the star. The 69-year old business mogul has previously made comments about Mexico and Muslims. Some of the images below are not suitable for work.
My friend's service dog accidentally took a shit on Donald Trump's Hollywood star.
Best thing I've seen all day. pic.twitter.com/8lvqkTZPfk
— Taylor McCollum (@Taybuggxoxo) March 16, 2016
Someone spray painted a mute symbol on Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame ? pic.twitter.com/CjkRzrZYdH
— Jacob (@sunxnes) March 30, 2016
Sorry, but this goes too far. I mean, what kind of person vandalizes the Walk of Fame with a Donald Trump star? pic.twitter.com/MEydZ3BQl2
— krautsider (@krautsider) March 21, 2016
A picture I took of Donald Trump's star on the Walk of Fame in LA a few months ago pic.twitter.com/FnuKhRY7n4
— Khalid (@WorldOfK_) March 10, 2016
Leron Gubler, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, told The Wrap in a statement that the “The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered historic landmark. Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk.”
The criticism of the former host of NBC’s “The Apprentice” continued throughout last month, when a petition calling for his arrest and prosecution was posted on We the People, the White House’s website that allows citizens to voice their concerns with the government. Citing Brandenburg v. Ohio – which enables speech to be prohibited if it is “directed at inciting or producing imminent lawless action” according to Case Briefs – as the precedent, the petition says Trump should be punished for encouraging violence among his supporters.
After gaining over 100,000 signatures, the team from We The People issued a statement thanking people for signing the petition but declined to comment on it, stating it “falls outside the scope of the We the People Terms of Participation.” It continues:
You can read the full Terms of Participation to get a better sense of why We the People is designed the way it is, and to learn more about its guidelines for use.
We encourage you to use the We the People platform to petition the Administration to take action on the policy issues you care about. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure that it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts for their review, and issue an official response.
A previous petition against Trump in 2012 asked Macy’s to stop doing business with the entrepreneur for his sexist and racist ways. It earned more than 400,000 signatures.