WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump criticized a proposed Black Lives Matter mural to be painted outside Trump Tower as a “symbol of hate” Wednesday while denouncing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who ordered the phrase painted outside Trump’s longtime office.
De Blasio said he ordered the mural – the words “Black Lives Matter” painted in bright letters – to be placed right in front of Trump Tower for a reason.
“We’re going to take this moment in history and amplify it by taking the ‘Black Lives Matter’ symbolism and putting it all over this city, including right in front of Trump Tower,” the mayor told MSNBC on Wednesday.
Trump responded by attacking the mayor for the mural and his plan to cut up to $1 billion from the New York City police budget.
“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. “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!”