Trump calls the Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower a ‘symbol of hatred’


  • President Donald Trump called a Black Lives Matter mural to paint on Fifth Avenue, just outside the Trump Tower, “a symbol of hatred.”
  • The president also criticized New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to reallocate $ 1 billion from the police department’s annual operating budget to the Department of Education and Social Services.
  • The plan for the New York mural comes after Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser had “Black Lives Matter” painted in yellow letters large enough to fill 16th Street, which leads to the White House.
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President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on the Black Lives Matter movement on Wednesday, calling a planned mural by the national movement for the name of racial justice “a symbol of hatred” in a series of tweets.

The president criticized New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio after the city decided to move $ 1 billion from the $ 6 billion annual operating budget from the police department to the Department of Education and other social service agencies. .

And Trump condemned plans to paint “Black Lives Matter” on the street outside the Trump Tower, which is located on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. He called the luxurious avenue, which is lined with designer shops and luxury hotels, “New York’s biggest street” and said the move would “further antagonize” law enforcement, “who LOVE New York. “

New York City faces a $ 9 billion budget deficit as a result of the economy nearly shutting down during the pandemic.

The plan for the Fifth Avenue mural comes after Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser had “Black Lives Matter” painted in yellow letters large enough to fill 16th Street, which leads to the White House, and renamed the Black Lives Plaza part of the matter road.

Trump has taken an aggressive stance toward the anti-racism movement and protests nationwide in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Last week, he accused Hawk Newsome, the president of Greater New York’s Black Lives Matter, of committing treason by threatening to “burn this system and replace it” to achieve the group’s goals.

“Black Lives leader Matter says, ‘If the United States doesn’t give us what we want, we will burn this system down and replace it.’ This is Treason, Sedition, Insurrection!” Trump tweeted.

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A painting by Black Lives Matter on the street near the White House on June 5.

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Vice President Mike Pence recently said he did not support the Black Lives Matter movement, adding that its leaders are pushing a “radical leftist agenda, which includes calling police departments and reallocating taxpayer money to social services.”

“What I see in the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement is a radical left political agenda that would dismantle the police, tear down monuments, push a radical left agenda and support calls for the type of violence that has harassed the Same communities they claim to advocate for, “Pence said in a Sunday interview with CBS News'” Face the Nation. ”

According to recent polls, a large majority of Americans support Black Lives Matter’s protests against police brutality and racism. And a January poll found that more than 80% of African Americans who responded in a Washington Post / Ipsos poll said they considered Trump a racist.