WeHo Council Votes to Ask That Trump Star Be Removed from Hollywood Walk of Fame

Ingrid Mueller, on the left, and Arely Posz, on the right, Latina women who raised hell at Monday’s City Council meeting.

A meeting at which the West Hollywood City Council unanimously approved a resolution asking the Los Angeles City Council and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove President Donald Trump’s damaged star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame was disrupted by barrage of catcalls from Trump supporters and a verbal attack on a transgender man.

Two Latina Trump supporters, Ingrid Mueller and Arely Posz, shouted out things like, “He’s your president,” “Hashtag Walk Away,” and “He’s lying,” while various residents spoke in favor of the resolution. When James Wen, a member of the city’s Transgender Advisory Board, offered his support for the resolution, Posz shouted out, “You’re not transgender, you’re a woman.”

Mayor John Duran had asked the two women to be respectful of the other speakers earlier and warned he might have sheriff’s deputies remove them from the council chamber, but never followed through with it, although deputies did motion several times for them to be quiet.

Mikel Clay, the artist who has confessed to attacking the Trump star on July 25.

However, upon hearing that comment, Duran promptly chastised Posz, saying, “We do not speak to members of the transgender community with such horrible remarks.”

Posz shouted back at Duran, “That wasn’t horrible. It’s freedom of speech.”

Duran responded, “It’s freedom of speech and now I’m exercising mine. Transgender people have full equality in this city and in the state of California.”

Many in the audience then broke into a round of thunderous applause, but Posz kept shouting, “She’s a woman. She’s a woman.”

Later, in the auto court outside the meeting, the women hurled insults at Austin Mikel Clay, the man who took the pickax to Trump’s star on the Walk of Fame on July 25. They called Clay a “faggot.” When they saw Clay and a friend had a pack of cigarettes, they repeatedly said, “He’s a smoker. He’s going to get cancer. He deserves cancer.”

Earlier, during her turn at public comment, Mueller, a Beverly Hills resident who described herself as a “Mexican for Trump,” said Trump would “make California great again.” She said she was appalled at Clay’s using the pickax on Trump’s star. “For the person to go there and destroy the star is absolutely disgusting. Very rude,” she said.
Posz, a Los Angeles resident, followed Mueller at the comment podium, saying the star needed to be restored and that America should be proud of Trump.

“We need to be proud, be proud of what’s happening in our country. Be proud of that star,” said Posz. “He needs a gold star because that’s what he’s earning.”

Both women said they had disliked President Barack Obama but never spoke against him publicly. Posz said Trump was correcting everything that had happened under eight years of “Obamanation,” a play on the word “abomination.”

Several other people, seemingly unconnected to Mueller and Posz aside from their support for Trump, also spoke against removing the star.
Greg Susetto said that an “attack on one star is an attack on all stars” and asked respect for Trump’s star. Meanwhile Linda Culpepper said she had slowly come to like Trump and believes he’s doing a good job.

An equal number of people spoke against Trump and in favor of recommending the star’s removal
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Resident Steve Martin applauded the Council for taking a stand and noted how Trump goes out of his way to alienate people and divides the country rather than unite it. Beverly Hills resident Rory Emerald, who described herself as a tree lover, urged removal of the star, and said, “Donald Trump is the cancer that kills trees.”

During his time at the comment podium, James Wen, who is Duran’s appointee to the Transgender Advisory Board, noted that military stars are awarded to great leaders, but reminded how Trump, as commander in chief, had weakened national security by announcing, via a Tweet last summer, that he planned to remove transgender people from the military.

Resident Tom Demille was disturbed by all the hateful talk in the room, saying he was disgusted by the destruction of property and reminded that people should be respectful of the office of President. He suggested inviting Trump to West Hollywood to discuss issues such as transgender rights.

Meanwhile Austin Mikel Clay, who attacked the star with the pickax, said Trump is “unethical, fraudulent and a liar.”

“The star had a definite negative energy both before and after I had committed vandalism,” said Clay, who suggested he attacked the star to preserve the integrity of the Walk of Fame as a landmark.

“I believe it is a threat to the public safety with all the violence that is erupting over the star in its current condition,” said Clay. “I could see someone getting seriously hurt over the star.”

Clay, 24, was charged on Monday with felony vandalism for destroying te star. He is set to be arraigned on Aug. 15 and could face up to three years in jail if convicted.

Later in the meeting, while another council member was speaking, Duran, a lawyer, briefly came into the audience to give Clay his business card.

The Council’s resolution asking for the removal of the star cited Trump’s “disturbing treatment of women” and other actions that do not reflect the values of the City of West Hollywood and the region as justification.

Councilmember John D’Amico said he does not endorse Clay having a vendetta against the star. However, D’Amico said he wrote the resolution hoping to use it as a way to nudge the L.A. City Council and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to re-examine the qualifications for who can get a star on the Walk of Fame.

“Getting a star is a privilege, it’s not a right,” said D’Amico. “You have no right to a star on Hollywood Boulevard just because you’re famous.”

Meanwhile, Duran, who has been a longtime critic of Trump, agreed a nudge might be helpful even though the City of West Hollywood has no power over the Walk of Fame.

Duran explained he supported the resolution not because of Trump’s conservative politics, but because of Trump’s abuse of “women, minorities, immigrants, the disabled.”

“Once you start to trend into the territory of abusing the citizens of the United States and those who choose to live here, you’ve crossed a line of decency,” Duran said. “Unfortunately, some of the comments made by the Trump supporters tonight are a reflection of that anger and angst and divisiveness. If anyone ever needed to solidify my vote on this, the Trump supporters who showed up tonight and the way in which they handled themselves pretty much solidified what we’re doing is right.”
Councilmember Lindsey Horvath said she was proud the West Hollywood community was taking a stand on this issue, like it had done on so many other issues before.

Councilmember Lauren Meister did not mention Trump’s star in her comments. Councilmember John Heilman was absent.

As the meeting ended, Horvath commended Duran for skillfully handling a difficult meeting. Horvath also apologized to James Wen for the hurtful things the women said to him and thanked Wen for handling the situation gracefully.

As he adjourned the meeting, Duran concurred, saying “James, we all got your back.”

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Cy Husain
1 year ago

The two right-wing women from beverly hills who disrupted the West Hollywood City Council meeting with homophobic, trans-phobic and racist verbal assaults should have been thrown out by Sheriff’s Deputies on site given their past history of doing the same thing at other events. Do consider that if I were to show up at any beverly hills event, the BHPD would have no problem throwing me out just for having a past history of simply disagreeing with their racist residents! In-spite of the Trump supporter’s attempts to rewrite history Hillary Clinton the Democrat beat the President (selected by the Electoral… Read more »

enemyofthestate
enemyofthestate
1 year ago

And what did/does city council have to say about BJ Clinton’s “disturbing treatment of women,” over decades, in the Oval Office even? Hmmmm? Do I hear crickets?

Cy Husain
1 year ago

Sexual activity between consenting adults has been going on from the beginning of Human History, accept it!

blueeyedboy
blueeyedboy
1 year ago
Reply to  Cy Husain

Ask rape victim Juanita Broaddrick about consent. Then move on to Kathleen Willey, Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Leslie Millwee, and several more at what point they granted consent to be groped by this pig. My cousin sat next to Clinton at a dinner and he rubbed her leg until she moved to sit sideways to finish her meal.

Dawood Davis
1 year ago
Reply to  blueeyedboy

Sad attempt at a diversionary tactic! The supposed victims you mentions all have well established histories as far right southern racist activists whose stories about President Clinton were called into question from all moderate news sources from the start and, in some cases disproven.
https://www.vox.com/2016/1/6/10722580/bill-clinton-juanita-broaddrick

This is nothing new, southern racists have always relied on false rape allegations against people of color and, their supporters to push their agenda. Recall the case going back to Emmett Till where they even found the racist woman who admits to making the false rape allegations?
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/01/how-author-timothy-tyson-found-the-woman-at-the-center-of-the-emmett-till-case

blueeyedboy
blueeyedboy
1 year ago
Reply to  Dawood Davis

Dawood Davis, do you also deny the holocaust? Why was Clinton impeached if he wasn’t guilty, and why did he pay over $800,000 to Jones. The only activist among his accusers was Willey, who campaigned FOR Clinton.

Cy Husain
1 year ago
Reply to  Dawood Davis

How is YOUR false allegation of Mr. Davis being a Holocaust denier even relevant, blueeyedboy? First off Bill (superstud) Clinton was impeached in the House and NOT the Senate so the republican attempt to frame him failed as your attempts to rewrite history. The $850,000 Newt Gingrich misleading talking point was was made as part of an out-of-court settlement between Clinton and Jones. And as part of the agreement, Clinton made no acknowledgment of guilt. $475,000, came from an insurance policy against civil liability the President held with Chubb Group Insurance, who insisted that they settle as opposed to fighting… Read more »

Beige Getty
Beige Getty
1 year ago

Wonderful read. And just for the record, Rory Emerald is male not female. 😇

blueeyedboy
blueeyedboy
1 year ago

I have reason to believe Mikel Clay could be easily provoked to violence, and that’s not okay. He made himself judge, jury, and executioner, and he feels good about himself for it. According to Mikel, Trump deserved it, so he took it upon himself to take care of him. Sadly, a lot of people are glad about this. I see acts of mob violence in our future, where people will be hurt; many of whom will be innocent of any offense, as defined by this mob, which is what always happens.

Cy Husain
1 year ago
Reply to  blueeyedboy

How dare you even make an argument about anyone else “provoking violence” when from the article and several witnesses who attended the City Council it was ONLY the 3 Trump supporters who were clearly provoking and, have a history of provoking violence?

J Simmons
J Simmons
1 year ago

OK WEHO – I am not a “hater” of Trump – He SCARES ME! and OUR CONSTITUTION, OR CIVILITY and the basic freedoms and human rights we, in California, are fortunate enough to have protected by our State’s Constitution. HOWEVER – NOBODY COULD SAY IT BETTER THAN WHAT: JIMMY KIMMEL (friend to ALL CAUSES) IN HIS TUESDAY NIGHT MONOLOGUE ABOUT THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD VOTING TO DECLARE THAT TRUMP’S STAR BE REMOVED FROM HOLLYWOOD (not weho). Jimmy – a friend to the LGBTQ et al Community, as he ended, this is the only thing I will say on behalf… Read more »

Karen O'Keefe
Karen O'Keefe
1 year ago
Reply to  J Simmons

I just listened to Jimmy Kimmel’s ridiculous clip. By that logic no one should complain about anything outside of their borders. I guess it’s time for us to stop having opinions about confederate monuments staying up? Also, I live closer to that damn star than he does. And I’m less than one block away from L.A. where every time I walk there are no curb cuts for the disabled. I pay L.A. city sales taxes with great frequency. And I’m pretty sure everyone in WeHo lives closer to the star than the L.A. Council member who represents the area. The… Read more »

blueeyedboy
blueeyedboy
1 year ago
Reply to  Karen O'Keefe

Karen, those sidewalk stars bring in a lot of money through the tourists who come from all over to see them. I’m sure the cost of maintenance is more than covered by the dollars those tourists leave behind to the local businesses, and the taxes those businesses pay.

Karen O'Keefe
Karen O'Keefe
1 year ago
Reply to  blueeyedboy

I’m not saying remove every single star, just those of bigots and predators who incite hate crimes and undermine all that makes our country good (equal protection, free press, etc.). Re: “J Simmons'” “WE HAVE TO BE TOLERANT.” Have you heard of the paradox of tolerance? If a society is tolerant without limit, its ability to be tolerant will eventually be destroyed by the intolerant. The idea that we need to tolerate and show deference to those who demean others — i.e. to treat Trump and his supporters as if their ideas are due respect when those ideas are bigotry —… Read more »

Cy Husain
1 year ago
Reply to  blueeyedboy

YES, and even more tourists will come spending even more money when the Great City of West Hollywood becomes an international hero for standing up to tyrant and, having his ill gotten star removed permanently from the walk of fame!

Karen O'Keefe
Karen O'Keefe
1 year ago

@blueeyedboy Who is it you want an answer from? I’m pretty sure West Hollywood is not creating or keeping a comprehensive list of those who deserve shunning … I know I’m not. The issue at hand, of course, is that our current president’s star was smashed yet again because he’s caused such extreme reactions due to his misogyny and bigotry. Which led to the question of whether it should be replaced at taxpayer expense (which also will result in someone having to clean it when it is defaced again, which it will be). The star is question is maybe a… Read more »

blueeyedboy
blueeyedboy
1 year ago
Reply to  Karen O'Keefe

Every celebrity who has a star on the Walk Of Fame paid for it themselves (or by someone on their behalf), which is currently about $35,000. Mikel Clay should be fined that amount, and should do some jail time so future offenders will know what they’re in for should they also commit this same act of vandalism. Maybe because Trump paid for the star, it is left up to him to press charges, in which case Mikel Clay is getting off easier. No, Bill Clinton doesn’t have a star, but you know as well as I do he is never… Read more »

Ty Geltmaker, Ph.D. (Historian)
Ty Geltmaker, Ph.D. (Historian)
1 year ago

While I applaud the guy who took a pick-axe to Trump’s star given its representation of such a fascistic nut case whose Apprentice credentials were as bad as his Presidency, causing this debate to happen, this WeHo City Council motion is in line with the delusional Stormy Daniels Key to the City event, preceded by Councilmember Horvath’s 2016 campaign-era demand that Trump be officially banned from WeHo’s provincial borders. The Trump star should be replaced, becoming a site of regular protest and he should be invited to WeHo so we could shout him down. But why is this star (of… Read more »

Ty Geltmaker
1 year ago

While I applaud the guy who took a pick-axe to Trump’s star given its representation of such a fascistic nut case whose Apprentice credentials were as bad as his Presidency, causing this debate to happen, this WeHo City Council motion is in line with the delusional Stormy Daniels Key to the City event, preceded by Councilmember Horvath’s 2016 campaign-era demand that Trump be officially banned from WeHo’s provincial borders. The Trump star should be replaced, becoming a site of regular protest and he should be invited to WeHo so we could shout him down. But why is this star (of… Read more »

blueeyedboy
blueeyedboy
1 year ago

Why is Bill Clinton never included in the list of those who should be shunned?

That’s not a rhetorical question. I’d like an answer.

JJ
JJ
1 year ago
Reply to  blueeyedboy

They don’t eat their own. That’s why.

Cy Husain
1 year ago
Reply to  blueeyedboy

Put simply, BECAUSE Bill (superstud) Clinton is NOT a racist, sexist, science denying, anti-environment, Islamophobic, homophobic, lying, sociopath like Trump!

Karen O'Keefe
Karen O'Keefe
1 year ago

Kudos to the West Hollywood City Council for taking this stand for decency. President Trump is a sexual assailant and a bigot. He is stripping away rights from transgender people, enacting bigoted immigration policies, and inciting hatred against Muslims and Latin American immigrants. He calls African countries “shitholes.” He incited his crowds to be violent against those they disagree with, and he incites hate against the press. His very name is used as a racial slur, alongside hate crimes. “Hail Trump” was spray painted next to swastikas and the n-word, and his name has accompanied many other bigoted attacks. It… Read more »

Mike Dolan
Mike Dolan
1 year ago
Reply to  Karen O'Keefe

Thank you for calling out bigotry and intolerance. I was so saddened until you spoke last night. Your comment has brought me out of dismay and bewilderment. The aftermath has left me in a funk today. Then you posted. Your honorable comments and clear vision has lifted this feeling of despair. I am very grateful for your action last night and your post. I am back on track. It is a better feeling to know your progress and enlightened position. I agree and will fight too. Removing Trump is inline with West Hollywood’s progressive values. We all deserve full equality… Read more »

Karen O'Keefe
Karen O'Keefe
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike Dolan

That means a lot, Mike! I’m glad to hear I helped lift your spirits among all that ugliness.

kab1200
kab1200
1 year ago

Cino, spot on.

blueeyedboy
blueeyedboy
1 year ago

John Duran accusing someone else of crossing a line of decency?
Pot calling the kettle black?
That’s rich!

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