Fed up New Yorkers painted a massive mural over the weekend…just like those Black Lives Matter street murals in front of Trump Tower in New York City and near the White House in Washington, DC. This time the mural is a little different and it has left some Democrats not too happy. It reads, “F*** Cuomo and de Blasio.”
According to the New York Post, the mural went up on Saturday in the early morning hours “of an annual block party which this year doubled as a ‘small business owner protest.’”
An attendee told the outlet that people got the idea to paint the message in giant yellow letters on North 15. “It was a big hit. The crowds cheered. Even the cops chuckled,” the unnamed individual said.
— Lidia Curanaj (@LidiaNews) September 20, 2020
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However, the city reacted quickly. Department of Transportation crews removed the message within 24 hours of its completion, despite local officials, such as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, having recently commissioned Black Lives Matter murals on the streets of their cities.
According to the Post, “They told the partygoers it came from up top and they were told the sign said ‘F–k the police,’ the attendee said, though it was unclear whether the workers meant that the order came from top DOT officials or City Hall.”
Meanwhile in June, city workers in Washington, DC, completed Black Lives Matter Plaza, painting the words on a portion of 16th street near the White House:
— Muriel Bowser (@MurielBowser) June 5, 2020
Mayor Bowser used the display as a backdrop during last month’s Democratic National Convention speech, in which she accused President Trump of fanning the flames of racism.
The following month, New York City Mayor de Blasio famously assisted in the completion of a Black Lives Matter mural on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower.
“Our city isn’t just painting the words on Fifth Avenue. We’re committed to the meaning of the message,” he said at the time:
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 9, 2020