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Trump Calls Black Lives Matter A ‘Symbol Of Hate’ As He Defends ‘Beautiful’ Confederate Monuments


Trump Calls Black Lives Matter A ‘Symbol Of Hate’ As He Defends ‘Beautiful’ Confederate Monuments

President Trump rebuked New York City’s plan to paint “Black Lives Matter” on Fifth Avenue, calling the phrase a “symbol of hate” – a description he’s refused to use for Confederate emblems.

In a two-part tweet Wednesday, Trump denounced New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who ordered the phrase painted outside Trump’s longtime office.

De Blasio said he ordered the mural – the words “Black Lives Matter” painted in bright letters – to be placed right in front of Trump Tower for a reason.

“We’re going to take this moment in history and amplify it by taking the ‘Black Lives Matter’ symbolism by putting it all over this city, including in front of Trump Tower,” the mayor told MSNBC on Wednesday.

Trump responded by attacking the mayor for the mural and his plan to cut up to $1 billion from the New York City police budget.

“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 wrote on Twitter. “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!”

Trump’s tweet comes days after he featured a video of a supporter in Florida chanting “White power” on his Twitter page, before removing it hours later. Trump has not denounced his supporter for using the phrase.

From Confederate statues to airports named for a movie star who once said he believed in white supremacy, Trump in recent weeks has decried steps that would strip racists of their monuments and memorials — siding instead with those who would keep the honors intact.

Trump signed an executive order behind closed doors on Friday that threatens to withhold federal funding from local governments that are unable to protect monuments in their jurisdiction.

“Can anyone believe that Princeton just dropped the name of Woodrow Wilson from their highly respected policy center,” Trump tweeted after the university announced it would remove the 28th President from its public policy school and a residential college.

In 2017, Trump lamented the loss of Confederate statues and monuments in a series of tweets, saying it was “sad” that the “history and culture” of the United States is “being ripped apart.”

“Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” Trump tweeted. “You can’t change history, but you can learn from it.

“Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson — who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!”


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