Los Angeles politicians do not mince words about Donald Trump, calling him a madman, fascist and danger to stability. However, despite harsh rhetoric, they’ve been oddly reluctant to take the symbolic step of removing Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
By all accounts, city leaders would prefer the star gone, ideally before the 2024 election. Aides and government insiders acknowledge as much privately. But they struggle to openly discuss concrete plans, underscoring LA’s political dysfunction. When they do broach the topic, it’s usually to rationalize inaction.
Erasing Trump’s most visible LA imprint would carry significance. Yet vocal politicians who label him an existential threat baulk at translating outrage into real change.
Their hesitation reveals complexities underlying even modest attempts to repudiate Trump in a place that idolizes celebrity. For now, the star remains despite cries from leaders who see it as an affront to their values.