Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was defaced with a reversed swastika on January 29.
On January 29, a Reddit user uploaded an image of the star, which is located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, with the swastika sprayed on backwards. The star was cleaned during the morning of January 30.
The former “Apprentice” host and current Republican presidential candidate front-runner received the star back in 2007 due to the unexpected success of “The Apprentice.” In September 2015, someone had placed a yellow “X” over it, and in December 2015, someone had written “rapist” on Bill Cosby’s star.
Austin Franklin, an actor who spends his days guarding Hollywood Boulevard dressed as Batman, was among those who saw the swastika on January 29 before it was cleaned up. Franklin said that he often sees people stomping or pretending to defecate on the star.
“I’ve never seen this kind of hate put on a star before, not even Bill Cosby,” Franklin told TheWrap.
Many Trump critics have compared him to Adolf Hitler. However, some Twitter users have joked that perhaps a Buddhist did the vandalism, as the swastika is a symbol in Hindu and Buddhist faiths that has been around since long before the Nazis appropriated the symbol back in the 1930s and 1940s.