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Hispanic Men Insulted By Trump Repaired His Vandalized Star On the Walk Of Fame

Trump’s star for “The Apprentice” was vandalized Wednesday morning.

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Early Wednesday morning, James Otis dressed up as a worker for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and placed cones around Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After telling a few onlookers to watch their eyes, he repeatedly struck at the bronze-and-terrazzo star with a sledge hammer and pickaxe. After beating the bejesus out of the monument to the reality TV star, Otis took the round plaque and nameplate for himself.


After being arrested for vandalism, Otis told TMZ why he smashed the star. “The reason I did it was because of the amount of sexual assaults that not only my own family has experienced, but that the many women that Donald Trump has done this to,” he told TMZ. “I don’t think Mr. Trump deserves that star any longer.” Otis has also said he plans on selling the bronze nameplate and medallion on Ebay to to raise $30,000 to cover legal fees for the women who have accused Trump of sexual assault.

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Later that day, several Spanish-speaking men from Top End Contractors arrived at the scene of the crime and dutifully repaired the damaged star. In June 2015, Trump insulted Hispanic people saying, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best...They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” One can only imagine how conflicted the men felt repairing a monument to a man whose xenophobic campaign threatens the fabric of their community.

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