Trump blasts NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, says BLM mural outside Trump Tower will 'denigrate' luxury Fifth Avenue

'Maybe our great Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by the mayor won’t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York’s greatest street'

                            Trump blasts NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, says BLM mural outside Trump Tower will 'denigrate' luxury Fifth Avenue
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President Donald Trump accused New York City mayor Bill de Blasio of 'denigrating' the area around Trump Tower by putting up a 'Black Lives Matter' sign on 5th Avenue.

He tweeted on July 1: "NYC is cutting Police $’s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor 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 & disrespects them, won’t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York’s greatest street. Spend this money fighting crime instead!" 

Many of the social media users disagreed with the president, as most of them could not see what was wrong with the BLM sign being painted in front of the Trump Tower. "And why would it antagonize the police? I don’t understand how anyone can have a problem with that statement- #BlackLivesMatter Do tell- what is the problem?!?" one user commented, while another said, "The guy who tweeted out a video of his supporters shouting 'white power' says 'Black Lives Matter' is a symbol of hate." 

A third said: "Why should a Black Lives Matter sign antagonize police? The only people antagonized by Black Lives Matter signs are racists. Are you implying that NYPD cops are racist? you didn't really think this tweet out, did you?"

However, there were those who did not have much confidence on the BLM movement itself. "I have no problem with the slogan but the aims of the movement/organisation are not going to improve the lives of black people," one such user said, while another opined, "Black lives matter like Antifa is a terrorist organization. It has nothing to with black lives. It’s another front Marxist organization that uses black people as human shields. They have destroyed black businesses & neighborhoods Communities that are already suffering under Dems".

People walk down 16th street after volunteers, with permission from the city, painted "Black Lives Matter" on the street near the White House on June 05, 2020 in Washington, DC (Getty Images)

We previously reported that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is reportedly planning to install a massive 'Black Lives Matter' mural just outside Trump Tower in Manhattan. It is reported that the mural will be painted in yellow block letters along Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th street. A source said, "Obviously he is doing it to antagonize the president," reported NY Post. "This is what he is concerned about while the city burns. What an amateur politician," an insider added.

The source also added that the mayor's office had contacted the Department of Transportation about the likelihood and feasibility of the mural but it was mentioned that de Blasio was keen to have it done. The idea of the mural emerged after a June 7 meeting along with community leaders and activists which included Rev Kevin McCall and Gwen Carr, a source said.

De Blasio reportedly came up with the idea days after Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser had 'Black Lives Matter' painted along a street leading to the White House. As per sources, the plan was finalized last week after the locations for the other murals across the five boroughs were announced on Juneteenth. The installation, set to be made outside Trump Tower, will pop up across all five boroughs. Currently, three have been planned for Manhattan, one in Harlem, and one in front of Trump Tower. 

Julia Arredondo, a spokeswoman for the mayor, shared, "The president is a disgrace to the values we cherish in New York City. He can’t run or deny the reality we are facing, and any time he wants to set foot in the place he claims is his hometown, he should be reminded Black Lives Matter." Earlier this month, de Blasio said, "It’s time to do something officially representing this city to recognize the power of the fundamental idea, Black Lives Matter — the idea that so much American history has wrongly renounced but now must be affirmed.

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