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De Blasio’s BLM street mural gets hit with red paint; 7 workers paid to fix it as top priority

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio came under fire for his swift reaction to vandalism of the Black Lives Matter mural recently painted in front of Trump Tower.

Soon after it was discovered that red paint had been splattered over part of the lettering along Fifth Avenue, the Democrat mayor dispatched a sizable crew of Department of Transportation workers to quickly repair the damage. He also called out “whoever vandalized” the mural in a tweet boasting about how quickly it was fixed.

“The #BlackLivesMatter movement is more than words, and it can’t be undone,” de Blasio wrote within hours of the incident, certainly moving faster to condemn and react to the act than he has to violence plaguing the city under his watch.

“Ok but what about all the vandalism of our city. Who did that?” Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, one of many voices slamming the mayor, asked in a tweet reacting to his message.

Video showed the moment Monday when a mask-wearing man dumped a can of red paint over a small portion of the yellow “Black Lives Matter” lettering that was painted last week with much fanfare as de Blasio joined Al Sharpton and others to deface the stretch of Manhattan street to make a statement.

“I just couldn’t believe he did it in front of me and another person. It was clear we were videotaping and he just didn’t care,” Nikki Rospond, another woman who caught the incident on video, told NBC News New York.  “Thankfully this was just paint and nothing violent.”

New York City Police were reportedly investigating and no arrests have yet been made. In California last week, two people were charged with a hate crime for painting over Black Lives Matter mural but scores of looters and vandals who destroyed property in violent protests have still not been arrested.

Many noted how quickly the mayor sent out workers to touch up the letters, and just how many of them were needed to repaint the small area.

President Trump slammed the street painting as a “symbol of hate” earlier this month, blasting de Blasio for calling to defund the New York City Police Department while funding the so-called mural. Many Twitter users agreed and called out the mayor for his defense of the painted declaration which became the scene of multiple clashes between protesters over the weekend.

Frieda Powers

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