Donald Trump Calls Black Lives Matter Mural “Symbol Of Hate” As NYC Plans To Paint Sign Outside Of Trump Tower

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Donald Trump Calls Black Lives Matter Mural “Symbol Of Hate” As NYC Plans To Paint Sign Outside Of Trump Tower

President Donald Trump has blasted NYC Mayor Bill deBlasio’s decision to paint a “Black Lives Matter” mural outside of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

Donald Trump claims that by placing the mural outside of Trump Tower, it would ruin the “luxury” of the world renowned Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. In a recent tweet the president wrote,

“NYC is cutting Police $‘s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the Mayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue. This will further antagonize New York’s finest who LOVE New York & vividly remember the horrible BLM chant, “Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon”. Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates and disrespects them, won’t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York’s greatest street. Spend this money fighting crime instead!”

After Donald Trump’s lament towards the Black Lives Matter mural, Mayor Bill deBlasio responded to the president’s dissatisfaction with the mural writing,

“Here’s what you don’t understand: Black people BUILT 5th Ave and so much of this nation. Your “luxury” came from THEIR labor, for which they have never been justly compensated. We are honoring them. The fact that you see it as denigrating your street is the definition of racism. You also don’t know that NY’s Finest are now a majority people of color. They already know Black Lives Matter. There is no “symbol of hate” here. Just a commitment to truth. Only in your mind could an affirmation of people’s value be a scary thing.”

Mayor Bill deBlasio announced earlier in June that the city would begin to paint Black Lives Matter murals on several streets across the city, similar to the mural that D.C Mayor Muriel Bowser painted in front of the White House in early June. The first NYC mural was painted on Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Black Lives Matter mural in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Features names of slain victims such as Emmitt Till, Tamir Rice, and Sean Bell.

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Authored by: Chelsea Adjalla