Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower postponed

Elias Hubbard
July 3, 2020

"Obviously we want the president to hear it because he's never shown respect for those three words", de Blasio told MSNBC. "Maybe seeing it outside his doorstep will help him get the point".

SKY Sports has said its pundits can make their own decision about appearing on air with Black Lives Matter badges after Patrice Evra and Jamie Redknapp chose not to wear theirs during Premier League football coverage.

Trump wasted little time attacking the plan. He denounced the planned Black Lives Matter mural as a "symbol of hate", and said it would amount to "denigrating this luxury Avenue".

"Black people BUILT 5th Ave and so much of this nation", de Blasio tweeted.

On Tuesday night, New York City lawmakers approved a $89 billion budget for 2021.

Trump said the budget cuts, which were enacted after protesters and activists called to defund the police, will "further antagonize New York's Finest", referring to NYPD officers.

Dozens of cities across the country have painted similar murals on city streets, following in the footsteps of Washington, D.C.

De Blasio first announced the mural in late June, saying it would be painted on the famed avenue, right in front of Trump Tower, the exact location selected for a reason.

The tweets came hours after Trump threatened to veto the annual National Defense Authorization Act over a proposed amendment that would rename military bases named after Confederate leaders, despite bipartisan support in Congress. Even though he criticized the killing of Floyd, he denounced the Black Lives Matter movement as being controlled by Democrats, anarchists and so-called antifa radicals.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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