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Trump: Black Lives Matter is a ‘symbol of hate’

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President Donald Trump criticized New York City’s plan to paint “Black Lives Matter” on Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower as a “symbol of hate” in on a Tweet on 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,” 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!”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had ordered the phrase painted outside Trump’s longtime office.

“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.

“Obviously we want the president to hear it because he’s never shown respect for those three words,” de Blasio added. “When he hears Black Lives Matter, he presents a horrible negative reality of something that doesn’t exist, and he misses the underlying meaning that we’re saying we have to honor the role of African Americans in our history and our society.”