Los Angeles Police are investigating after a man carrying a pickaxe smashed US President Donald Trump’s star on the iconic Walk of Fame.
The man reportedly hid the tool in a guitar case on his way to Hollywood Boulevard in the early hours of 25 July. Once there, he used the pickaxe to destroy Trump’s star to bits.
Donald Trump received a star for his role on the US Apprentice. The now US President hosted the reality television show for fourteen seasons.
Notably, the show’s prize was a one-year $250,000 starting contract to run one of Trump’s companies.
What happened to Donald Trump’s star
Police were called at around 3:30am to the scene on Hollywood Boulevard. They found Trump’s star completely destroyed, with rubble strews across the sidewalk.
Los Angeles Police Department (LADP) confirmed that a suspect later handed himself to Beverly Hills police. They also said the man will be booked on felony vandalism.
Donald Trump hasn’t commented on the incident yet via his social channels.
However, many Twitter users showed their support to the pickaxe-wielding hero.
but i wish nothing but happiness and good days to whoever destroyed donald trumps hall of fame star pic.twitter.com/KFWppPZbqG
— clark! (they/them!!) (@neighborhoodmj) July 25, 2018
One user wished ‘nothing but happiness and good days to whoever destroyed’ it.
Somebody took an axe to donald trump’s star on the #WalkOfFame — which is ironic because that’s precisely what he’s done to the United States of America
— ᎠᏌNᎬᎷYᎢᎻᎪNᏩ™️ (@Kris_Sacrebleu) July 25, 2018
Another compared the pickaxing to what Donald Trump has been doing to America since his election.
On the other hand, former Pussycat Dolls member Kaya Jones, a fierce Trump’s supporter, tweeted about the incident.
Our President @realdonaldtrump star was destroyed this morning. This is disgusting and the left will praise this as heroic. Truly disgusting 😡😒😑😥😡 I pray for you hateful souls https://t.co/b33hyqprzn pic.twitter.com/mpBm7FHsSK
— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) July 25, 2018
‘This is disgusting and the left will praise this as heroic,’ she tweeted, using several angry and sad emojis.
UK journalist and TV presenter Piers Morgan also shared his views on the vandalization.
Donald Trump's star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame destroyed overnight by vandal with a pickaxe. J
Hysterical Trump-hating liberals once again failing to understand that such violent intolerance will strengthen his support, not damage it.
Why are they too dumb to realise this? pic.twitter.com/JKAHKjPqx1
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 25, 2018
‘Hysterical Trump-hating liberals once again failing to understand that such violent intolerance will strengthen his support, not damage it,’ he wrote.
This wasn’t the first time
This is not the first time vandals have targeted Donald Trump’s star.
Back in 2016, Trump’s star was, in fact, destroyed by James Otis. The man, dressed as a city construction worker, wielded a sledgehammer and pickaxed the star just a few weeks away from the election.
He pleaded no contest to felony vandalism in February 2017 and was sentenced to three years probation, 20 days of community service. He also agreed to pay $4,400 for the damage.
Otis, the heir to the Otis Elevator Company, told TMZ that he is preparing to pay $20,000 to bail out 24-year-old Austin Clay, the latest vandal to demolish Trump’s star.