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Trump's Hollywood star defaced with swastika

HuffPost logo HuffPost 31/01/2016 Nina Golgowski

Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star received an extreme makeover over the weekend after it was apparently vandalized with a swastika symbol.

A photograph posted to Reddit Friday showed the symbol, which is often associated with the Nazi regime, spray-painted across the Republican presidential front-runner's brass nameplate before its removal.

A local actor who dresses as Batman along the iconic boulevard, confirmed the vandalism to The Wrap, adding that he often sees people stomping or pretending to defecate on the former "Apprentice" host's star. Trump received the honor in 2007 for producing and hosting the NBC reality TV show.

"I've never seen this kind of hate put on a star before, not even Bill Cosby," Austin Franklin told the website.

Since announcing his campaign run, Trump has repeatedly made headlines for his xenophobic stances, including his call to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. and his declaration that Latino immigrants are "criminals" and "rapists."

He has been likened to the Nazi party's leader, Adolf Hitler, whose own ideals of racial purity led to the slaughter of an estimated 11 million people during World War II.

In December, an image of Trump’s face was seen slapped over a Swastika sign beneath a highway overpass in Atlanta. The caricature was complete with a Hitler-style mustache and a bow tie made out of a U.S. $100 bill.

Last week, Anne Frank's stepsister, 86-year-old Eva Schloss, also compared Trump to Hitler in a column published by Newsweek.

"I think [Trump] is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism," wrote Schloss, who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp."During his U.S. presidential campaign he has suggested the 'total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,' as well as pledging to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to keep illegal immigrants out."

Reddit users were quick to point out that the person defacing Trump's star may have actually wished him good luck or fortune because of the swastika's counterclockwise direction, which differs from the one taken by Hitler.

In the thousands of years before the symbol was appropriated by the Nazi party it represented good luck, fortune and success.

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