In late June, de Blasio first announced that a Black Lives Matter mural would be painted right outside of Trump Tower's doorstep on NYC's iconic Fifth Avenue. This location was selected for a reason: "Painting 'Black Lives Matter' outside his home is a message to him that in fact Black lives do matter, that Black people built New York City and they've never been compensated for all they did," de Blasio said in a briefing at that time.
Naturally, Trump took to Twitter to unleash his frustration after de Blasio's announcement: "NYC is cutting Police $'s 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," Trump tweeted on Tuesday, appalled at the idea of defunding the police. "This will further antagonize New York's Finest."
NYC is cutting Police $’s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow… https://t.co/3neFb18OAv
He then went on to praise the NYPD, adding that anything related to Black Lives Matter should be considered a "symbol of hate." This comes from someone who refuses to condemn Confederate statues, flags and other iconography related to systemic racism, colonization and slavery, never deeming them as symbols of "hate," but rather of "history."
....horrible BLM chant, “Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon”. Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized… https://t.co/Xusckklf9F
In his daily briefing on July 2, de Blasio announced that the street painting has since been postponed to next week. Work was originally scheduled to begin Thursday, but will not due to "logistics." De Blasio also informed viewers that his office will announce when it is going to happen.