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The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will consider removing Trump’s star from Walk of Fame


LOS ANGELES (Circa) -- The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said in a statement Tuesday that it would consider voting on whether or not to remove Donald Trump's star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

This comes after the West Hollywood City Council (in West Hollywood, Calif.) passed a resolution Monday night urging the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (in Los Angeles, Calif.) and the Los Angeles City Council to do so.

“We now know by his own words that he (Trump) targeted women, that he harassed them and he assaulted them, said Lindsey Horvath, one of the councilmembers who introduced the reslution. "If this is what he was doing while he was an entertainment executive, I don’t think he’s worthy of that star.”

Several factors contributed to the resolution including: the separation of immigrant children from their parents ushered in by the Trump adminsitration, his denial of climate change's effects on the world, his treatment of the transgender community, and Trump's denial of Russian interference in the election.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said the resolution will be referred to its "executive committee for consideration at their next meeting." The president of the group, Leron Gubler, also stressed that "as of now, there are no plans to remove any stars from the Hollywood Walk of Fame."

He went on to say that the West Hollywood City Council "does not have jurisdiction over the Hollywood Walk of Fame."

The L.A. City Council has not responded to the resolution, but Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell did release a statement to Circa, saying:

"I consider Donald J. Trump treasonous and his administration a criminal enterprise; however that does not justify vandalism to the Walk of Fame which is a National historic monument. Talk about the star’s removal is only a distraction to the task at hand: Putting all of our energies into defeating his mean spirited, reckless agenda. I urge people to get involved politically so that some day his star will only be considered a curiosity, representative of a con man that once served as President of the United States.”

At the West Hollywood City Council's meeting Monday night, some attendees backed the council's vote.

“Stars in the military are awarded to great leaders," said James Nguyen, a West Hollywood resident. "This is our commander-in-chief. When a commander-in-chief or a general is not becoming of their position, they are either asked to resign or a star is removed. And it is time to have the star removed.”

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Pedestrians walk past Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star was vandalized on July 25, 2018.

Even the man who vandalized the star last month was there to make his voice heard.

“I would like to preserve the integrity of the Walk of Fame as an honorable landmark for the American landscape," said Austin Clay, who was recently charged with one felony count of vandalism by the Los Angeles Police Department following his July 25 attack on Trump's star.

Not everyone is for the resolution. Several Trump supporters voiced their objection to the star's removal.

“I’m here because I’m absolutely very upset, and very disappointed in the community that they want to take away Donald Trump’s star," said Ingrid Mueller during the public comment period of the city council meeting. "I find that appalling. That is terrible. He’s the president of the United States, and he’s doing a great job.”

"Let's keep our Trump star," said Arely Paz. "Let's be proud. Think. Have some loyalty. Have some patriotism."

APTOPIX Trump Star Vandalized
This combination photo shows Donald Trump, producer of NBC's "The Apprentice," posing at a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Jan. 16, 2007, left, and Trump's star after it was vandalized on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Los Angeles police say a pickax was used in the vandalism. (AP Photo)

The West Hollywood City Council says it has received a lot of calls since the resolution passed Monday night, and even some threats.

"It's started a conversation, and that's what we really wanted to do—to start the conversation, to get people thinking about who is it that's worthy of being honored in a national monument," said Horvath.

In response to the criticism that other recipients of stars on the Walk of Fame also have accusations of sexual misconduct, Horvath said removing Trump's star is just the first step. "Once the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce sets standards to review the stars, all stars should be reviewed by the standards that they set. Bill Cosby's star is certainly one that would be on my list as well."

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