*As we reported earlier, New York City plans to paint a large Black Lives Matter sign/mural directly in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan. It was expected to start happening on Thursday but didn’t. Mayor Bill de Blasio says it’s been postponed until sometime next week.
Regarding the paint job, we also reported that President Donald Trump is thoroughly unhappy with the fact that the words “Black Lives Matter” will be seen in front of his building, calling it a “symbol of hate.” He’s demanding that the city spend the money on policing instead.
When the mural painting does begin, Fifth Avenue will be closed to traffic in front of Trump Tower for a number of days. One hundred gallons of paint are expected to be used in the process, reports NBCNewYork.com.
“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!” is what the president tweeted.
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….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020
Trump’s comment and issue with his now ex-ho9metown comes one day after the New York City Council approved a new budget that includes $1 billion in budget cuts and expense reductions at the NYPD. (Though notwithstanding those cuts, the work on the Fifth Avenue sign is expected to incur multiple days of overtime for multiple officers, working 12-hour shifts.)
De Blasio. of course, had no problem firing back at Trump with thi8s message via Twitter:
“There is no ‘symbol of hate’ here. Just a commitment to truth,” the mayor wrote. “Only in your mind could an affirmation of people’s value be a scary thing.”
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.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 1, 2020
Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo put in his two cents saying he supports the murals. On the other hand, he blasted de Blasio over budget cuts amid the recent spike in violence. He also said that cutting the NYPD’s budget is one thing, but trying to actually reform police should be the real goal, not simply appeasing protesters.
“Now it’s about making the actual change. Not just saying to the protesters, ‘I’m with you,” Cuomo said.
BLM Protesters Defend Disrupting NY Church Service: ‘Everyone Knows This is Our Westboro Baptist’ (Watch)
*A viral video showing Black Lives Matter protesters interrupting a Troy, N.Y., church service has been widely circulated by opponents of the movement, but without the context that its pastor is known for spewing racist comments, according to BuzzFeed News.
“It’s wild that the national story is that there’s a bunch of Marxists attacking Christians in the street,” one Troy resident, who asked to remain anonymous, told the news outlet. “Everyone here knows that this is our Westboro Baptist.”
Conservative figures with large followings, including Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, have posted the video as a way to demonize BLM. However, the pastor of Grace Baptist Church, John Koletas, describes himself as a “bigot” and preaches the fringe Christian “Curst of Ham” belief that Black people are descendants of Noah’s son Ham and cursed by God.
“What people need to know is we’re not protesting churches,” Lukee Forbes, a local Black Lives Matter leader, told BuzzFeed. “We’re protesting this church. I’m a Christian. I’ve been saved. And it hurts to see people come out and drag us for fighting for our community. And now we’re the bad guys. But how do we feel safe in our own community when this church is in the middle of it?”
Watch the viral video below:
White-on-White Beatdown Goes Down Over ‘Black Lives Matter / WATCH
*Wrap your head around this scenario: A white-on-white beatdown went down over Black Lives Matter. Actually it was a group of pro-police agitators who beat up a group of Black Lives Matter counter-protesters.
What’s also interesting is that in the video you actually hear someone from the pro-police group say don’t use weapons but punching in the face is OK.
The incident went down on Saturday in Fort Collins, Colorado where the “Back the Blue” group was holding a rally when some “Black Lives Matter” protesters showed up.
At that point, the “Back the Blue” crowd went after the BLM protesters, and you hear someone shout, “Everybody keep their hands off their weapons. Keep punching each other in the face. Don’t shoot anybody.”
Someone from the BLM group said, even though they were not the aggressors, they were detained by cops but were never told why.
Here’s more via TMZ:
Fort Collins Police Services has shed a bit more light on who they arrested and why — saying they took action against members of both parties … while apparently chastising the pro-cop group’s methods.
The agency says it arrested four different people in connection to Saturday’s brouhaha — booking them on charges from criminal tampering and resisting arrest to disorderly conduct and possession of an illegal weapon. They didn’t specify which suspects were affiliated with which groups — but did note they made arrests on both sides of the fight and are looking for other troublemakers that got away.
The FCPS also says … “We respect everyone’s right to peacefully assemble. Our officers have consistently supported these rights in recent months as people have gathered to make their voices heard. For the safety of our community, acts of violence and other unlawful behavior have not and will not be tolerated from anyone.”
Then comes the telling line … “Truly supporting a cause means representing its values. Committing crimes in our community is not a way to support police. We stand for safety, period. We want all of our community members to feel safe here in Fort Collins and we reject any form of hate.” That seems to be a shot at the pro-police group, many of whom were seen on video throwing down, arguably more so than the BLM crowd was.
Michigan GOP Official Tom Eckerle Uses N-Word Over Mask Dispute, Refuses to Resign
*Tom Eckerle, a Leelanau County, Mich. Road Commissioner, is facing calls to resign after he went on a racist rant during a public meeting and later said in an interview that he did not regret it.
Eckerle was asked before a Road Commission meeting on Tuesday why he was not wearing a mask. He reportedly responded by saying: “Well this whole thing is because of them n***** down in Detroit.”
According to a CBS News report, Road Commission chair Bob Joyce called out the comment, but Eckerle doubled down on his use of the racial slur.
“I can say anything I want…Black Lives Matter has everything to do with taking the country away from us,” he said.
When later asked during an interview if he regretted it, Eckerle said “No, I don’t regret calling it an n*****,” he told Interlochen Public Radio on Thursday. “A n***** is a n***** is a n*****. That’s not a person whatsoever.”
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Leelanau County Road Commissioner Tom Eckerle used the N-word in arguing why he wouldn’t wear a mask at a commission meeting.
— Chad Livengood (@ChadLivengood) August 6, 2020
Now several officials, including the state’s governor, are calling for him to resign. But Eckerle refuses, the radio station reports.
In a Facebook post, Republican State Rep. Jack O’Malley said in a statement that Eckerle “is in the early part of an elected six year term. If he refuses to resign there are 2 options that I am aware of. The citizens can petition for a recall, or, the County Board can request that the Governor remove him.”
“In today’s emotional and highly charged climate to say what he said is ignorant and has no place, especially as an elected official,” O’Malley’s post continued. “I did remind him he represents everyone in Leelanau County as I do…. and his comments were and are beyond stupid. I hope Mr. Eckerle can come to see his mistakes and resign.”
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has also called for Eckerle to resign immediately.
“His comments are atrocious,” the governor’s press secretary, Tiffany Brown, said in an email to CBS News on Friday. “The Governor has been very clear — there’s no place for hate and racism in Michigan.”
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