‘NYC Police are furious!‘: Trump bashes plan for ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural in front of his Midtown tower


President Trump does not want the Black Lives Matter movement on his front step.

The combative commander-in-chief complained Thursday that the “fabled” stretch of Fifth Avenue in front of his Midtown skyscraper would be ruined if Mayor de Blasio moves forward with a plan to install a massive “Black Lives Matter” mural there.

“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,” Trump tweeted. “‘Pigs in a Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon,' referring to killing Police, is their chant. NYC Police are furious!”

Trump did not offer evidence for his claim that NYPD officers are upset about the planned installation.

The anti-police chant Trump referenced was based on a local news report out of St. Paul, Minn., where some protesters had shouted it during a recent march, a White House official said.

A spokeswoman for de Blasio did not immediately return a request for comment, and neither did the NYPD.

In an earlier tweet, Trump took aim at Hawk Newsome, the president of Black Lives Matter’s New York chapter, over a statement he had made in a television interview.

“Black Lives Matter leader states, ‘If U.S. doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it.‘ This is Treason, Sedition, Insurrection!” Trump posted.

Trump’s irate tweets came one day after de Blasio announced that the city will paint the “Black Lives Matter” rallying cry on Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th streets — directly in front of the president’s namesake high-rise.

The city also plans to paint murals on Centre Street in downtown Manhattan and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard in Harlem.

That’s in addition to “Black Lives Matter” street murals already installed in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.

Plans for the murals were devised in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis cop kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes as he begged for his life.

Trump’s reluctance to celebrate the “Black Lives Matter” movement comes as he continues to oppose the removal of monuments and statues honoring the Confederacy and other racist structures.

With November’s presidential election fast approaching, Trump has used increasingly divisive language while talking about issues of race and class, apparently taking a page out of his 2016 campaign playbook.

Originally published