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Friday, 10 July 2020

NYC Mayor de Blasio is heckled and called a 'douchebag' as he paints BLM mural outside Trump Tower he ordered after cutting NYPD budget by $1bn

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was heckled and taunted as he helped paint a giant 'Black Lives Matter' mural outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue Thursday.
De Blasio was pictured filling in the letter 'L' on the installation earlier this morning, tweeting: 'Our city isn't just painting the words on Fifth Avenue. We're committed to the meaning of the message.' He was joined by NYC's first lady Chirlane McCray, and Rev. Al Sharpton. 
But upon his arrival at 11:30am, it appeared not all in attendance were happy to meet the mayor's acquaintance. A chant of 'douchebag de Blasio' broke out among a small contingent of the crowd as he crossed the road, the New York Post reported. 
'This is such an important moment for our city,' an undeterred de Blasio told volunteers, who chanted, 'Black lives matter!' with their paint rollers suspended in the air. 'We are making a statement today of what we value in New York City'.
De Blasio left around 20 minutes later. The mayor had last week temporarily called off the mural just feet from Trump's former home a day after engaging in a Twitter spat with the president. Trump branded the painting it a 'symbol of hate' and demanded the money for its creation be spent on the NYPD instead. 
The mayor announced the city would paint 'Black Lives Matter' on streets at locations around the city following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in May. Department of Transportation workers and activists began work at the site at around 10am Thursday morning. 
Speaking Thursday De Blasio said: 'When I announced that we would be doing this here, President Trump said that we would be denigrating the luxury of Fifth Avenue. Let me tell you, we are not denigrating anything. We are liberating Fifth Avenue.
'Let's show Donald Trump what he does not understand. Let's paint it right in front of his building for him.'   
On Thursday Mayor Bill de Blasio was pictured helping to paint the mural, tweeting: 'Our city isn’t just painting the words on Fifth Avenue. We’re committed to the meaning of the message'
On Thursday Mayor Bill de Blasio was pictured helping to paint the mural, tweeting: 'Our city isn't just painting the words on Fifth Avenue. We're committed to the meaning of the message'
Upon his arrival at 11:30am, it appeared not all in attendance were happy to meet the mayor's acquaintance. A chant of 'douchebag de Blasio' broke out among a small contingent of the crowd as he crossed the road (pictured: The Reverend Al Sharpton, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray, paint a new Black Lives Matter mural outside of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue on Thursday)
Upon his arrival at 11:30am, it appeared not all in attendance were happy to meet the mayor's acquaintance. A chant of 'douchebag de Blasio' broke out among a small contingent of the crowd as he crossed the road (pictured: The Reverend Al Sharpton, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray, paint a new Black Lives Matter mural outside of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue on Thursday)
Work has begun on the ' Black Lives Matter ' mural outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. Trump lived in Trump Tower before he took office as president but has spent little time there since. He changed his official residence to Florida last year
The volunteers were shouted at by a number of passers-by as they worked. 'Shame on you!' called out one aggrieved New Yorker
The volunteers were shouted at by a number of passers-by as they worked. 'Shame on you!' called out one aggrieved New Yorker
Trump supporters showing displeasure with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Al Sharpton and volunteers painting the Black Lives Matter mural on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower
Trump supporters showing displeasure with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Al Sharpton and volunteers painting the Black Lives Matter mural on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower
Randy Williams (L), has a debate with a man (R) protesting the painting of the words 'Black Lives Matter' on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower
Randy Williams (L), has a debate with a man (R) protesting the painting of the words 'Black Lives Matter' on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower
Make America Great Again: A Trump supporter is seen heckling volunteers outside of Trump Tower Thursday morning, apparently displeased by the 'Black Lives Matter' mural
Make America Great Again: A Trump supporter is seen heckling volunteers outside of Trump Tower Thursday morning, apparently displeased by the 'Black Lives Matter' mural
People participate in painting a Black Lives Matter mural on 5th Avenue between 56th and 57th Street on Thursday
People participate in painting a Black Lives Matter mural on 5th Avenue between 56th and 57th Street on Thursday
Azia Toussaint, left, participates in the painting of Black Lives Matter on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower, Thursday
Azia Toussaint, left, participates in the painting of Black Lives Matter on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower, Thursday
Black Lives Matter is painted on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower on Thursday
Black Lives Matter is painted on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower on Thursday
Bill de Blasio had last week temporarily called off the painting just feet from the U.S. president's former home
Bill de Blasio had last week temporarily called off the painting just feet from the U.S. president's former home
NYC follows in the footsteps of Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who had the street leading to the White House painted with a 'Black Lives Matter' mural on June 5, pictured
The NYC version appears to be far smaller in scale
New York is following in the footsteps of Washington D.C., which had the street leading to the White House painted with a 'Black Lives Matter' mural on June 5. The NYC version appears to be far smaller in scale
'Black Lives Matter' painted on street outside Trump Tower in NY
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Trump didn't take kindly to de Blasio's taunt, taking to Twitter to lash out at the mayor, who overnight slashed the NYPD budget by more than $1 billion
Trump didn't take kindly to de Blasio's taunt, taking to Twitter to lash out at the mayor, who overnight slashed the NYPD budget by more than $1 billion
The mayor responded directly to Trump tell him 'you don't understand'
The mayor responded directly to Trump tell him 'you don't understand'
The rest of the mural - written in block letters spanning along Fifth Avenue between East 56th and East 57th - was painted by more than 20 local artists with the youth organization Street Corner Resources. 
The volunteers were shouted at by a number of passers-by as they worked. 'Shame on you!' called out one aggrieved New Yorker. Another even bizarrely yelled, 'Hitler told us all lives don't matter, too!' according to the Post.  
De Blasio privately commissioned the mural late last month, coming as one of several planned across the city. 
Its painting came on the same day the Supreme Court dealt a stunning blow to the president by ruling that his bank and his accountants must hand over his tax returns that New York prosecutors had demanded.
The court ruled 7-2 that Trump is not immune as president from subpoenas, in an opinion that tested both the power of local prosecutors and Congress to obtain information.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion; the two who dissented were Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, meaning the justices Trump appointed - Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh ruled against him.
Trump has not yet reacted to the mural but immediately responded to the Supreme Court decision, slamming the justices and claiming he was being singled out by them tweeting: 'Courts in the past have given 'broad deference'. BUT NOT ME!'
The records are being sought by Manhattan district attorney Cy Vance Jr. who is investigating whether Trump paid hush money to Stormy Daniels to stop her revealing her claims they had sex. 
The ruling does not mean the records will be made public any time soon - Vance must go back to court in New York to seek the subpoenas for both Deutsche Bank and Mazars, Trump's long-term accountants. 
But the justices handed Trump a partial victory in Congressional Democrats' parallel attempt to get his tax returns, ruling that although he is not immune from subpoena as he had claimed, their case has to go back to lower courts to be heard, giving Trump some breathing space on that front. 
The Black Lives Matter mural was first announced at the end of June to emulate those in other cities by painting the letters on a prominent roadway, in this case, beside a former home of President Trump. 
He lived in Trump Tower before he took office as president but has spent little time there since. He changed his official residence to Florida last year. His business empire is still headquartered there.  
It is believed it will take one hundred gallons of paint to create.   
De Blasio appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe to provide an update on the mural's creation, nearly a week after he first unveiled plans for the words to be painted down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. 
'Whenever Trump comes back to his old state (New York), he'll get a message that he still doesn't understand. Maybe seeing outside his doorstep will help him get the point,' de Blasio grinned. 
Trump didn't take kindly to de Blasio's taunt, taking to Twitter to lash out at the mayor, who had overnight slashed the NYPD budget by more than $1 billion.  
'NYC is cutting Police $ 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,' the President blasted. 
'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!'

Department of Transportation workers began work at the site at around 10am Thursday morning
Department of Transportation workers began work at the site at around 10am Thursday morning
The Black Lives Matter mural was first announced at the end of June to emulate those in other cities by painting the letters on a prominent roadway, in this case, beside a former home of President Trump
The Black Lives Matter mural was first announced at the end of June to emulate those in other cities by painting the letters on a prominent roadway, in this case, beside a former home of President Trump
Trump lived in Trump Tower before he took office as president but has spent little time there since. He changed his official residence to Florida last year. His business empire is still headquartered there
Trump lived in Trump Tower before he took office as president but has spent little time there since. He changed his official residence to Florida last year. His business empire is still headquartered there
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasiov, New York City's first lady Chirlane McCray, and Rev. Al Sharpton participate in painting a Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower on Thursday, J
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasiov, New York City's first lady Chirlane McCray, and Rev. Al Sharpton participate in painting a Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower on Thursday, J
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasiov, New York City's first lady Chirlane McCray, and Rev. Al Sharpton participate in painting a Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower on Thursday
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasiov, New York City's first lady Chirlane McCray, and Rev. Al Sharpton participate in painting a Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower on Thursday
Black Lives Matter paint mural in front of the Trump Tower
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De Blasio responded directly to Trump's tweet, calling it the 'definition of racism'. 
'Here's what you don't understand: Black people BUILT 5th Ave and so much of this nation,' de Blasio wrote. 
 'Your 'luxury' came from THEIR labor, for which they have never been justly compensated. We are honoring them. The fact that you see it as denigrating your street is the definition of racism.  
'You also don't know that NY's Finest are now a majority people of color. They already know Black Lives Matter,' he continued in a second tweet. 
'There is no 'symbol of hate' here. Just a commitment to truth. Only in your mind could an affirmation of people's value be a scary thing.'
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also weighed in, according to NBC New York, supporting the mural in general but criticizing de Blasio for NYPD budget cuts amid a recent spike in violence in the Big Apple. He claimed the goal was to just to appease protesters with budget cuts but to have reform of the police department. 
'Now it's about making the actual change. Not just saying to the protesters, 'I'm with you',' Cuomo said. 
De Blasio's NYPD budget cut will cancel the recruitment of 1,163 new officers, strip $484million from the overtime budget and transfer $354million to other services. 
The contentious budget passed the City Council with 32 votes in favor and an unusually large 17 votes against just ahead of the midnight deadline following hours of delays.  
Trump supporters face off against BLM protesters in NYC
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President Trump and Mayor de Blasio engaged in a Twitter spat over the mural with Trump branding it a 'symbol of hate'
President Trump and Mayor de Blasio engaged in a Twitter spat over the mural with Trump branding it a 'symbol of hate'
The Black Lives Matter mural was first announced at the end of June to emulate those in other cities by painting the letters on a prominent roadway, in this case, beside a former home of President Trump
The Black Lives Matter mural was first announced at the end of June to emulate those in other cities by painting the letters on a prominent roadway, in this case, beside a former home of President Trump
It is believed it will take one hundred gallons of paint to create and will close off traffic by Trump Tower for a number of days
It is believed it will take one hundred gallons of paint to create and will close off traffic by Trump Tower for a number of days
President Trump claimed the NYPD were 'furious' about the proposal to paint a 'Black Lives Matter' mural in Manhattan as they faced hefty budget cuts. 
After plans for the mural were first unveiled, Julia Arredondo, a spokeswoman for de Blasio, attacked Trump in a statement, saying: '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.'
New York is following in the footsteps of Washington D.C., which had the street leading to the White House painted with a 'Black Lives Matter' mural on June 5. The NYC version appears to be far smaller in scale. 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also weighed in, according to NBC New York , supporting the mural in general but criticizing de Blasio for NYPD budget cuts amid a recent spike in violence in the Big Apple
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also weighed in, according to NBC New York , supporting the mural in general but criticizing de Blasio for NYPD budget cuts amid a recent spike in violence in the Big Apple

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