After suspect 24-year-old Austin Clay took a pickax to Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Gregg Donovan is now standing by the star to protect the sign from further damage.
To US News, 58-year-old Donovan said, “It’s a California landmark. Don’t take your anger out on a tourist landmark.”
Donovan is now standing over the star with a “Trump 2020” sign. The star has been nearly destroyed, and there was also graffiti sprayed over it.
According to Los Angeles Times reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove, Donovan is a former Beverly Hills greeter who took the day off from his position at a Hollywood tour company to protect Trump’s star. He said that he hopes the star will be moved to a “safer” location, adding, “When you step on the star, it’s like disrespecting the American flag.”
To CBS News, Donovan pointed out that there are a number of controversial stars currently on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, like Bill Cosby. “I think they should probably put Reagan and President Trump on the wall for safekeeping, you know what I mean? I’m just saying, this is the second time. Something has to be done.”
When asked how long he was going to protect the star, Donovan said, “Who knows? I’m here all the time…whatever it takes. I’m not going to let anybody do this again, until maybe the police come.”
To NBC, Donovan added, “I had to come here and make a point in what I believe in.”