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Trump says NYC painting ‘Black Lives Matter’ in front of Trump Tower is a ‘symbol of hate’

President Donald Trump lashed out at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday over plans to paint “Black Lives Matter” in the street outside Trump Tower. Trump named the project Fifth Avenue, the Manhattan thoroughfare renowned for high-priced condos and luxury shopping, a “symbol of hatred” that would be “denigrating”

This week, city lawmakers decided on a new $88.1 billion budget that includes deep cuts to the NYPD. Since George Floyd ‘s death in Minneapolis, law enforcement advocates for change have been encouraging cities to “defund the police,” and diverting taxpayer funds to other social care needs.

Donald Trump is a former real estate developer in New York City who grew up in Queens’ Jamaica Estates neighbourhood. He officially moved his primary residence to Florida last year. De Blasio replied via Twitter and said he was out of contact with Trump.

Trump’s “pigs” slogan presumably stems from an incident in 2015, when some demonstrators from Black Lives Matter screamed it at the Minnesota State Fair. Trahern Crews, the event’s organizer, has said the incident was excluded from context. He says the chant was a prank, prompted by a police officer who escorted demonstrators.

Yet, on Wednesday White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany equated the particular slogan with the entire Black Lives Matter campaign.

Dorn was a former captain of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department kill last week while guarding a friend’s pawn shop against looters, officials said. Underwood, 53, worked for the Federal Protective Service of Homeland Security. It is when he guns down on May 29 while patrolling the Federal Building Ronald V. Dellums in Oakland. Air Force Staff Sgt. Steven Carrillo, 32, arrest and prosecutors say he links to the anti-government, far-right Boogaloo party.

 

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