Want to paint “Blue Lives Matter” on a New York City street in letters large enough to be seen by a low-flying plane? Then get in line to fill out the permit the city requires for all projects of this type.
All projects, that is, except ones that Mayor Bill de Blasio is so gung ho about that he and his wife literally roll up their sleeves and pitch in.
Such a project was the painting of the message “Black Lives Matter” on streets in all five boroughs, which de Blasio authorized back in June. But during a press briefing on Monday, it was revealed that the mayor ignored his own application process for public art projects, which in this case included a copy of the politically charged slogan in front of Trump Tower.
Where does the “first citizen” of New York City get off sidestepping his own laws? The painting of “Black Lives Matter” “is something that again transcends all normal realities because we are at a moment of history when that had to be said and done,” he opined, quickly adding, “But the normal process continues for anyone who wants to apply.”
That includes those applying to paint “Blue Lives Matter,” although they have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting “hizzoner” to sign off on it. De Blasio hates cops with a passion, as he has demonstrated time and again during his too-long tenure as mayor. He recently slashed the department’s budget by one sixth, rubbing salt in the men in blue’s wounds by announcing to police union leaders that he has no respect for them.