Struggling entrepreneurs used art to express disappointment about the performance of two New York Democrats.
Small business owners have rejected the leadership of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The group painted a huge yellow mural onto North 15th Street’s stretch between Wythe Avenue and Banker Street in Williamsburg, 4 miles north of downtown Brooklyn.
“[Expletive] Cuomo and de Blasio,” the message said according to an aerial photo shared on Twitter.
The Daily Wire revealed the mural was set up during a small business owner protest at an annual block party about 1 a.m. on Sept. 19.
“The all caps, block-length message was in the style of city-sanctioned projects reading ‘Black Lives Matter’ that sprang up during the summer’s fierce protests over police bias and racial injustice—including one outside Manhattan’s Trump Tower, which has become a vandalism magnet,” the publication said.
One witness confirmed it was a peaceful event, and even representatives of the New York Police Department (NYPD) enjoyed the festive mood.
“A few partygoers got the idea to paint in huge [letters, using] yellow paint with rollers on North 15th [Street] ‘[expletive] Cuomo and de Blasio,'” the witness said, according to the Daily Wire. “The party continued, everyone took photos, it was a big hit, [and] the crowds cheered, even the cops chuckled.”
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently declared New York City, Portland, and Seattle as jurisdictions that permit “violence and destruction of property.”
Months of extreme anarchist protests swept across those cities and other parts of the nation. Several businesses have been looted and both religious and historical monuments vandalized in the name of racial equality.
The Big Apple experienced a 177 percent increase in shootings to 244 in July 2020 compared to the previous corresponding month, while in August there were 166 percent more shootings (242) than the same month in 2019.
DOJ maintains the mayor and governor have strongly resisted federal law enforcement support while, at the same time, cutting the NYPD budget by $1 billion for the 2021 financial year.
“When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected, including those who are trying to peacefully assemble and protest,” Attorney General William Barr said in a statement. “We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance. It is my hope that the cities identified by the DOJ will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens.”