*We’re sure you won’t be surprised to learn that Donald Trump is not the least bit happy about the fact that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is moving forward with plans to paint “Black Lives Matter” along Fifth Avenue, near Trump Tower in Manhattan
The president is calling the mural “symbol of hate.”
You also won’t find it a surprise that Trump is criticizing city officials for agreeing to shift roughly $1 billion from the police department as part of its budget for the coming year. He complained that the financial cuts, paired with plans to paint the mural along Fifth Avenue, were an affront to law enforcement.
“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 tweeted.
Additionally, Trump tweeted that those actions will “further antagonize New York’s Finest.” He referenced a chant at a protest five years ago in which demonstrators shouted “pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.” The chant has not been documented at recent protests over the May 25 police killing of George Floyd.
“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!” Trump tweeted.
De Blasio said Wednesday morning that “Black Lives Matter” will be painted along Fifth Avenue in the coming days.
The proposed BLM mural in NYC is an outgrowth of Black Lives Matter protests worldwide that grew out of the slaying of George Floyd by a now ex-Minneapolis policeman on Memorial Day.
Public polling shows that most Americans support the protests that have happened over the last month. A CBS News poll released Sunday found that 60 percent of those surveyed agree with the idea of the Black Lives Matter movement, and 53 percent of them support people protesting the treatment of Black Americans by police.