President Trump Believes Black Lives Matter is a “Symbol Of Hate”
President Trump is letting his feelings about Black Lives Matter be known after New York City Mayor Deblasio ordered the symbol to be painted on the street in front of Trump Tower. On Wednesday Trump blasted the move to paint “Black Lives Matter” over fifth ave a “symbol of hate.” Trump has never been shy about his feelings towards the anti-racist movement. He and other conservatives have called the movement terrorists.
….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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020
Trump took to Twitter to complain that Mayor Deblasio’s decision is “denigrating this luxury Avenue.” Trump also tweeted, “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!”
In an interview with MSNBC Mayor Deblasio said that the painting will be finished in a few days. He also said, “Obviously we want the president to hear it because he’s never shown respect for those three words. 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 our society.”
Activists pointed out that Trump’s tweet missed the point of the protests against police brutality. Carolyn Martinez-Class, a spokesperson for the New York City organization Communities United for Police Reform told Politico, “The only symbol of hate is President Trump. This is just his latest attempt to brazenly push hate and try to divert our attention from the urgent civil rights issues facing our communities, from violent policing to the pandemic.”
Activists are not totally happy with Deblasio either as the new police budget included $88.19 billion. Even though the budget shrank many say the police were not defunded enough along with a lack of reforming police officers’ role in the city.