As much of the nation continues to grapple with the systemic racial inequalities that have been exposed over the course of the last few weeks, President Trump is picking a fight with the Mayor of his old hometown.
Bill de Blasio, Mr. Mayor in The Big Apple, is preparing to have a massive mural painted on 5th Avenue…just outside of Trump Tower. That mural, like it’s inspiration in Washington DC, will see the street painted with the words “Black Lives Matter” in enormous lettering, perhaps almost a city block in size.
President Trump has not been fond of the idea over the course of the last few days, but on Wednesday the Commander in Chief took his opposition up a notch.
“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 raged in a tweet.
“This will further antagonize New York’s Finest, who LOVE New York & 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 & disrespects them, won’t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York’s greatest street. Spend this money fighting crime instead!”
De Blasio was quick to fire back.
“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 mayor wrote. “The fact that you see it as denigrating your street is the definition of racism.”
Given just how viciously these two have battled in the past, we are almost certain to hear more of this argument in the days ahead.