Donald Trump’s star on the mend, book sales boosted by win

Officials hope to unveil Donald Trump’s repaired star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as soon possible now that he’s been elected president of the United States.

The star along a well-travelled block of Hollywood Boulevard remains blocked off and covered in plywood Wednesday, two weeks after a protester was arrested for taking a sledgehammer to it.

Trump Star Vandalized

The badly damaged star. Trump received the recognition in 2007 for his work on NBC’s reality TV show The Apprentice. (Richard Vogel/AP Photo)

The man was charged with felony vandalism.

Vivian Kish with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce says the star has been mostly repaired but still needs to finish drying and then be polished. She says it usually takes about two weeks to complete the process.

About two dozen Trump supporters reveled at the site after the election, snapping photos until police asked them to move on.

Trump’s star was dedicated in recognition of his work on NBC’s The Apprentice.

Win boosts book sales  

While the president-elect’s star took a hammering in the run-up to the election, his impending presidency is already boosting sales of his books.

Trump’s breakthrough bestseller from the 1980s, The Art of the Deal, and his campaign work Great Again were on’s “Movers Shakers” list Wednesday of books making the biggest jumps on the bestseller list.

The Art of the Deal soared from No. 1,107 to No. 24 and Great Again from 5,340 to 172.

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy also was attracting strong interest after Trump’s upset victory Tuesday over Hillary Rodham Clinton. Vance’s memoir about his white working-class family in rural Ohio, a key part of Trump’s winning coalition, was No. 2 as of midday Wednesday.

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