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Thursday, July 9, 2020
De Blasio HECKLED as He Paints ‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural at Trump Tower
AP/Mark Lennihan They should be painting this mural in Black Neighborhoods! That's where the Killing Field is...Imagine that! ...tmiraldi
Khristina NarizhnayaandLia Eustachewich
Mayor Bill de Blasio was greeted with a few jeers as he showed up to help paint a giant Black Lives Matter mural on Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower on Thursday — with a couple of angry onlookers shouting “douchebag de Blasio” upon his arrival.
The mayor joined First Lady Chirlane McCray, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) to fill in the letter “L” in with yellow paint for the what some critics, including Trump himself, have called a political stunt.
When he arrived around 11:30 a.m., two or three men shouted, “douchebag de Blasio” at Hizzoner as he crossed the street.
“This is such an important moment for our city,” de Blasio told volunteers, who chanted “Black lives Matter!” while holding paint rollers. “We are making a statement today of what we value in New York City.”
De Blasio left about 20 minutes later.
The rest of the mural — which reads “Black Lives Matter” in massive block letters along Fifth Avenue between E. 56th and E. 57th streets — was painted by more than 20 local artists with the youth-focused organization Street Corner Resources.
De Blasio commissioned the mural last month as part of several planned across New York City — despite warning of mass layoffs if the city doesn’t get a federal bailout and assitance from Trump due to the coronavirus pandemic.