Video-Photos: De Blasio Joins Sharpton In Painting ‘Black Lives Matter’ Outside Trump Tower

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Mayor Bill de Blasio, third from left, participates in painting Black Lives Matter on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. The mayor's wife, Chirlane McCray, is fourth from left and Rev. Al Sharpton is second from left. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio grabbed a roller Thursday to paint “Black Lives Matter” in front of the namesake Manhattan tower of President Donald Trump, who tweeted last week that the street mural would be “a symbol of hate.”

De Blasio was flanked by his wife, Chirlane McCray, and the Rev. Al Sharpton as he helped paint the racial justice rallying cry in giant yellow letters on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower. Activists watching chanted, “Whose streets? Our streets!”

“When we say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ there is no more American statement, there is no more patriotic statement because there is no America without Black America,” de Blasio said. “We are acknowledging the truth of ourselves as Americans by saying ‘Black Lives Matter.’ We are righting a wrong.”

The mayor announced the plan to paint “Black Lives Matter” in front of Trump Tower last month after earlier saying the slogan would be painted on streets at several locations around the city. Trump responded via Twitter that the mural would denigrate “this luxury Avenue” and “further antagonize New York’s Finest.” De Blasio tweeted back that Black Lives Matter is “a movement to recognize and protect the lives of Black people.”

Rahima Torrence, 20, who was among the people slapping yellow paint onto Fifth Avenue, said that even though the mural might be a symbol, “it’s the beginning of something more.” She said the location in front of Trump’s own skyscraper “shows that we matter and it shows to him that you can’t ignore us.”

Washington, D.C. was the first U.S. city to get a giant yellow “Black Lives Matter” mural when Mayor Muriel Bowser had it painted on the street leading to the White House. Bowser said the painting was intended to show solidarity with Americans outraged over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Trump lived in Trump Tower before he took office as president but has spent little time there since. He changed his official residence from New York to Florida last year. His business empire is still headquartered there.

Azia Toussaint, left, participates in the painting of Black Lives Matter on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Azia Toussaint, left, participates in the painting of Black Lives Matter on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Black Lives Matter is painted on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Black Lives Matter is painted on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Mayor Bill de Blasio points to the crowd while painting Black Lives Matter on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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29 COMMENTS

    • This concerns me greatly. Why isn’t the Mayor practicing any social distancing? Is it worth even one African-American dying on the account of Mr. DeBlasio and his wife’s recklessness??? I would hope the Governor will call out the Mayor on this terrible example he is giving. This is terrible.

  1. What’s next?

    Are they going to paint giant murals stating “Jewish Lives Matter” in Harlem and Brownsville?

    His administration can be referred to as the Dinkins-De Blasio administration, as he worked under Mayor Dinkins decades ago.

  2. BLM instead of MAGA. Everyone wears a mask. Responsible crowd unlike the MAGA spreaders of the MAGA-yfo. They should do it to every building Trump and his supporters own/work. Let them move/invest to MAGA states Indiana, Kentucky,Louisiana,,So Carolina….(They can paint MAGA on their streets there)

  3. DeBozo joins with a racist Jew hater to somehow claim he is against racism. How about he spends the money on protecting his city where crime is going up and where most victims are minorities. If BL really M than why a don’t you do something to stop the many murders of black people every day in every Democrat run city, in Chicago alone more blacks were killed last week than unarmed blacks killed by cops in the entire country last year.

  4. President Trump should not give my state a dime till they remove this offensive grafitti. Let Deblasio fire twenty thousand bum workers from the city payrolls. And there should be a ten thousand pages pro Trump rally and let the rally goers pour black paint on this yellow grafitti. Maybe get thousands of bikers to come roaring in. Let them drop buckets of black paint all over the street. End of story.

    • Your RE Taxes in Flatbush will go up 3-400% (NY RE Taxes are the lowest in the USA) NY Loves DBlasio and hates Trump. Its a fact. Read the election results in 2016 – 18. 83% voted for Hillary and 15% for Trump. The same just 2 weeks ago. Deutsch got what? 9% AOC 78% “Pro Trump Rally” ?? Really? Maybe in Boro Park and Flatbush. Be carefull what you wish for , Ave J and 13 th ave will be next BLM Mural and BLM Demonstrations daily.

    • Maybe get thousands of bikers to come roaring in. Let them drop buckets of black paint all over the street

      GREAT IDEA – nobody is gonna stop them……………….

  5. The only mistake DBlasio made, he should have auctioned off the right to paint @ $10.000.00 / one sq inch. He could have raised billions. I would have bought 10 spots.

  6. So is it legal for us to deface and paint any street or fire hydrant we want? Do I need any permit? Can I paint a yellow line in front of my neighbors driveway? Can I paint a no parking anytime sign, in front of my house so I can guarantee I’ll always have a spot when I get home? Is that legal? Can I make a curb cut without a permit? Did DeBlasio have a legal permit to close down 5th Avenue to traffic, inconveniencing many, as he painted a street while he was at work on the taxpayers dime? WHO PAID FOR THE PAINT AND ALL THE SUPPLIES? How was the garbage disposed of? Where? Who paid for it? Was the paint environmentally safe? Was it damaging to the climate? Did DeBlasio get any permits whatsoever for what he did? What does a sanctuary city mean? Is there law & order in NYC anymore or is it, each man do as he feels? Can I refuse to pay my taxes?

    • Trust me all the above combined cost us less than a single golf vacation of the POTUS. He had about 275 of them. So we can easily afford to paint many more streeets and still come out ahead. At the minimum the streets get a new paint. What do se get from Trumps golf??

      • “President Obama raised eyebrows after making a somber statement over the brutal killing of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants.
        Shortly after delivering his remarks from Martha’s Vineyard, he engaged in his favorite pastime — a game of golf with friends, including former professional basketball star Alonzo Mourning.
        Images of President Obama smiling while Foley’s family grieved made for a harsh headline in the New York Daily News that read ‘Bam’s Golf War,’ and drew a variety of reactions from the city and the suburbs.

        “He just doesn’t care. he’s an uncaring man,” Jacqueline Reynolds told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.
        Something like this sort of reinforces the sense that maybe he is a little aloof, maybe he is a little isolated. I think that sort of narrative really is starting to take a toll six years into his presidency,” Malone said.
        While The Defense Secretary and Attorney General spoke, President Obama was once again playing golf.

        The President did call Foley’s parents on Wednesday to express his sadness and solidarity”
        Good point. How could Obama play golf while fellow WHITE Americans are getting their heads cut off by Muslim’s?

  7. They should take the blood of all the black people killed during the De BOZiO administration and paint ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER outside Gracie Mansion and his official residence in Brooklyn.

  8. Isn’t it amazing? This city is facing crime and murder rates like years ago, it is extremely unsafe, but all the Mayor could say is that it’s because of Corona. Instead of supporting police officers he degraded them and that is why we are where we are. And other than that statement the mayor is hiding out. But for painting this mural he was front and center without a mask!!!

  9. Holy Smokes, is De Blasio really that dumb. Standing along side Sharpton??!!! One of the greatest Jew haters of all time? Some one should tell De Blasio- enlighten him- that BLM is an organization is hates Jews and is not quiet about it. I thought De Blasio has a good relationship with the Jewish Community-yikes!!! If he is a friend who needs enemies.

  10. Hard workers!! Why are there no people of “no color” (other than DeBlasio) involved in this project? The politics of exclusion. Someone call the ACLU please.

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