Donald Trump presidency would set US back 40 years, says UK mini-wall artist


A British artist who installed a mini-wall around Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame says he fears the US could be set back 40 years if the billionaire tycoon becomes president.

The artist, who is known by the pseudonym Plastic Jesus, built a 15cm high grey wall around the star, topped with razor wire, miniature US flags and Keep Out signs.

The artwork was in response to Mr Trump's proposal to build a wall along America's border with Mexico to stem illegal immigration and drug smuggling.

Plastic Jesus, who moved from Britain to the US nine years ago, said he believed it was important for artists to "attack the policies" of Mr Trump, who has secured the Republican party's nomination for the presidential election.

He told the Press Association: "Trump's been a target politically but also for many artists who oppose his policies and the kind of America he wants to create.

"Rather than attack Trump as person, I think it's important that artists attack the policies and draw attention and focus on those, and get people to really try to consider what kind of state, what kind of nation will be created if Trump becomes president.

Donald Trump star (Plastic
(Plastic Jesus)

"I'm not a fan of Donald Trump's policies. I've been in the US for nine years and it's a great place. Why set it back 30, 40 years with policies which will just create difficulties for the country and ruin a lot of things the country is great for?"

The mini-wall drew large crowds on Hollywood Boulevard on Wednesday and a picture posted on the artist's Instagram account has attracted more than 16,000 "likes".

Plastic Jesus said he and another artist first installed the wall on Tuesday but had to remove it after 30 minutes when a performer dressed as Edward Scissorhands attacked it.

Donald Trump.
(J. Scott Applewhite/AP/PA)

They returned on Wednesday to display the artwork again before retrieving it later in the day.

"I don't have a problem with him having a star for his media work and the attention that his shows draw," the artist said.

"Whether he should be the presidential nomination is more of a question that needs to be asked. The star is trivial compared with having a potential president."

donald trump star
(Plastic Jesus)

Plastic Jesus, who posted No Trump Anytime parking signs on street corners in LA earlier this year, said he was likely to produce more street artwork about Mr Trump ahead of the presidential election.

"It's a huge year with the presidential campaign so I'm sure there will be more but I have nothing specific I can discuss at the moment," he said.

Mr Trump received the 2,327th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007 for his work on the American version of The Apprentice.