The city has yet to clean up splotches of paint thrown on the Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower a week after the vandal struck — with New Yorkers blaming “pathetic” Mayor Bill de Blasio who “wavers on the flavor of the month.”
Mark-David Hutt, 31, of Rochester, NY, was busted on two consecutive days last weekend — July 25 and 26 — for tossing paint on the city’s most controversial BLM display on Fifth Avenue near East 56th Street.
On the first day, he was busted just after 5 p.m., and the next morning, he was back at it — and cuffed at 10:10 a.m., cops said. He was issued desk appearance tickets on each day.
But the paint remains on the logo one week later.
“It’s been a full week and I asked the cops why the DOT hasn’t repaired the BLM paint job,” Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa told The Post. “They said City Hall doesn’t seem to care any longer about this BLM logo. The mayor seems to have ADD on this matter, like he does most matters in NYC.”
A police source told The Post that the mayor “wavers on the flavor of the month.”
“Whatever the flavor of the month is, that’s what he concerns himself with,” the source said. “That’s what makes him a horrible mayor. Black lives matter isn’t the flavor of the month anymore. Very short attention span, we know that already. It’s just a waste of taxpayer dollars in the first place. You got between five and 15 cops sitting out there on overtime watching that stupid shit and shootings are piling up. They’re there to protect the mural, and obviously they’re not doing a good job of that.”
Matthew Martin, 30, a project manager living in Midtown, called it “pretty disappointing” that the city would leave the mural in a defaced state, “considering this is probably the most notable Black Lives Matter mural in the country.”
“I mean I get that a–holes are going to keep trying to deface it again and again, because there are always people out there looking to destroy a positive message,” he added.
“But you’d think the mayor, given his politics and his purported dedication to black lives and to progressivism in general, would make it a priority to get this cleaned up first thing. Leaving it like this for a week is pretty pathetic, honestly, and is a pretty good indicator of the kind of leader the mayor is.”
William Hao, 27, was shocked when told that the vandal struck a week ago.
“How can they leave it looking like this?” he asked. “So many eyes are on this mural every day. It’s a disgrace to leave it in this condition. If the mayor makes a whole event out of helping to paint the mural in the first place, he has to make sure it stays in good condition.”
“He’s known for being an ideologue more than a pragmatist, and this is the perfect example,” Hao added. “He’ll make the big symbolic gesture, but not follow through when it counts. And it’s sad because as long as it looks like this, the message belongs to the opposition, not BLM.”
De Blasio’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.