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Trump Calls Black Lives Matter a ‘Symbol of Hate’ While Lashing Out at Plan to Paint Slogan Outside Trump Tower

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President Donald Trump referred to a proposed Black Lives Matter sign in New York City as a “symbol of hate” on Twitter, Wednesday.

“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,” complained Trump on Twitter. “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!” he concluded.

President Trump comments were made in response to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to have “Black Lives Matter” painted on Fifth Avenue near Trump Tower.

“The president is a disgrace to the values we cherish in New York City,” said de Blasio spokeswoman Julia Arredondo last week. “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.”

President Trump had previously responded to the proposed sign last Thursday, tweeting, “Told that @NYCMayor Bill de Blasio wants to paint the fabled & beautiful Fifth Avenue, right in front of Trump Tower/Tiffany, with a big yellow Black Lives Matter sign. ‘Pigs in a Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon’, referring to killing Police, is their chant. NYC Police are furious!”

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