Trump says painting ‘Black Lives Matter’ on New York’s Fifth Avenue would be ‘a symbol of hate’
President Donald Trump criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio Wednesday over the $1 billion NYPD funding cut, yet he says de Blasio will use the money for a Black Lives Matter street “sign” in New York City.
Trump showed his disapproval of the situation on Twitter.
De Blasio responded to Trump’s tweets Wednesday by calling them “the definition of racism.”
New York City is facing a $9 billion budget deficit, a result of the economy’s near halt during the pandemic.
The plan for the Fifth Avenue mural comes after Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser had “Black Lives Matter” painted in yellow block letters large enough to fill 16th Street, which leads to the White House, and renamed the portion of the road Black Lives Matter Plaza.
“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,” Trump wrote on Twitter shortly after de Blasio announced the timing of the plan. “This will further antagonize New York’s Finest.”
Trump has taken an aggressive posture toward the anti-racism movement and nationwide protests in the wake of George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis.
Last week, he accused Hawk Newsome, the president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, of committing treason by threatening to “burn down this system and replace it” to achieve the group’s goals.
“Black Lives Matter leader states, ‘If U.S. doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it.’ This is Treason, Sedition, Insurrection!” Trump tweeted.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo commented on the proposed Black Lives Matter “sign” that would go up on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower.
“Great, I said from day one I stand with the protesters,” Cuomo said. “I said from day one I stand with Black Lives Matter.”
City Council passed the New York City budget late Tuesday night, a budget which includes redistributing $1 billion from the NYPD budget.