New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered the words “Black Lives Matter” be painted on the street outside of Trump Tower. The Democrat, who has long been one of President Trump’s most vocal critics, has now sparked a Twitter feud with the former New York resident.
About the Mural
The words will be painted in large yellow lettering along Fifth Avenue, between 56th Street and 57th Street in Manhattan. They will lead up to Trump Tower, the skyscraper that Donald Trump once developed as a real estate magnate, and later called his home.
De Blasio’s Reasoning
A spokesman for Mayor de Blasio explained the move on Thursday: “The president is a disgrace to the values we cherish in New York City. He can’t run or deny the reality we are facing, and any time he wants to set foot in the place he claims is his hometown, he should be reminded Black Lives Matter.”
But de Blasio is not the first mayor to order the rallying cry be painted on the street. Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC was the first city chief to paint the roads with the maxim. Amid tensions with the President over the use of federal troops to break up peaceful protests, Bowser had the words “Black Lives Matter” painted on the street just outside the White House. Similar street murals have already cropped up across American cities.
Trump took to Twitter to criticize de Blasio, hoping to spark animosity between Black Lives Matter supporters and the New York Police. He falsely claimed that BLM demonstrators have called for public executions of police officers. Trump alleged that “Pigs in a Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon” is a Black Lives Matter chant, though that’s hardly true. Tucker Carlson, one of the president’s favorite Fox News pundits, recently played a video of protesters yelling that chant, but the video was actually from Minneapolis in 2015.
Still, it’s apparent that Trump hopes to heighten distrust between the nation’s police forces and members of the Black Lives Matter movement.