After Trump's Star Is Destroyed, 50 New Ones Appear

But they're made of vinyl
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2018 8:48 AM CDT
This July 25, 2018, file photo shows Donald Trump's vandalized star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

(Newser) – President Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has had a rough go of it lately, having been hacked at with a pickax last month and the subject of a unanimous (but essentially symbolic) vote by the West Hollywood City Council on Monday to have it removed. Now, a reversal of fortunes: It's multiplied to cover at least 50 squares. That's thanks to a unnamed conservative street artist who says the prior two events spurred him and his partners (self-dubbed "the Faction") to plaster $1,000 worth of stars made of adhesive-backed floor vinyl on the Walk of Fame.

The man behind the effort tells the Hollywood Reporter it was funded in part by "a young and anonymous entrepreneur." The Reporter got the 50 count from a member of the cleaning crew responsible for the upkeep of the walk who started removing the stars Thursday morning. Mashable reports the Faction self-identifies as a "rogue right-wing street artist" on Instagram and on Thursday tweeted, "Take down his star, and we will descend upon you with 30 fresh new stars. We are MAGA Legion."

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