New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans for the mural hoping to irk Trump. He got exactly what he wanted.
After New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio discussed a plan to paint the words "Black Lives Matter" across Fifth Avenue, following in the footsteps of other major cities in the United States, President Donald Trump of course had an opinion to share. The plan is particularly personal to him as his beloved Trump Tower rests on Fifth Avenue, where de Blasio hopes to paint the phrase. Taking to his favorite platform Twitter, the President went on another rampage of words, claiming that the mural would only "further antagonize" the police, NPR reports. Perhaps someone is just upset the movement he likes to complain about will follow him around long after he has left the White House.
"New York City is cutting police [funding] by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the Mayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter (BLM) sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue," Trump posted. "This will further antagonize New York’s finest, who LOVE New York and vividly remember the horrible BLM chant, 'Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon.' Maybe our GREAT police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates and disrespects them, won’t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York’s greatest street. Spend this money fighting crime instead!"
The City Council announced the billion-dollar funding cut to the New York Police Department earlier this week. The Council stated, "This was a hard-fought battle, which marks the beginning of the Council's efforts to not only limit the size and scope of the NYPD, but also reimagine how we structure criminal justice and public safety in this city." However, protestors are unhappy with the budget slashes as funds are simply being redirected. For instance, about $400 million of the cut from the Police Department’s $6 billion budget will be achieved by moving school safety officers under the Department of Education, The New York Times reports.
Therefore, while Trump may have believed he had a solid argument, he was definitely just full of rhetoric (you know, the yuzh). However, Mayor de Blasio definitely succeeded in sending the President a message and tickling his nervous bone. "It's an important message to the whole nation, and obviously we want the president to hear it because he's never shown respect for those three words," he said. "When he hears 'Black Lives Matter,' he presents a horrible, negative reality of something that doesn't exist, and he misses the underlying meaning that we're saying we have to honor the role of African Americans in our history and in our society. We have to make it come alive today so we're going to make it really clear to the president, it's going to be right outside his doorstep." When Trump steps out of the White House and back into New York, he'll be reminded constantly of his awful legacy. New Yorkers can't wait to welcome you home, Trumpy boy.