New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is pushing ahead with plans to terminate its business deals with the Trump organization.
“New York City doesn’t do business with insurgents,” tweeted de Blasio. “We are taking steps to terminate agreements with the Trump Organization to operate the Carousel, Wollman and Lasker Ice Rinks in Central Park and the Ferry Point Golf Course in the Bronx.”
While city officials had been looking for ways to end the deals since 2015, de Blasio said in an interview with MSNBC that the deadly and destructive invasion of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday left no other option. “The city of New York will no longer have anything to do with the Trump organization,” he said. He added that he considered the city “strong legal rights” should Trump decide to file a lawsuit.
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The violation of the Capitol followed months of electoral fraud lies spread by Trump and his supporters. As Trump faces impeachment and potential lawsuits ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration next week, a number of companies have severed ties with Trump and stopped making contributions to elected officials who supported his false electoral claims. The PGA said it will no longer host an upcoming major golf tournament at a Trump-owned club in New Jersey, and organizers of the Open Championship in the UK have taken similar action against a Trump golf course in the UK.
New York and Trump, of course, have a long and tangled history. The Queens-born real estate developer son put his family name on a number of buildings decades before his presidential election. Central Park’s attractions are known not only to residents but also to visitors to the city, including television professionals who have traveled to Fox’s annual Upfronts Party at Wollman Rink each spring. The Trump Organization oversaw the renovation of the rink in the 1980s when Central Park emerged from a financially troubled, crime-ridden era in the 1970s. After opening in 1950, the ice rink was used as a concert venue and as a backdrop in films such as Love story, Carnal knowledge and Mr. Popper’s penguins.
The mayor has clashed with Trump many times over the past four years. In the early days of the president’s tenure, he attacked the costly security measures required to protect the area around Trump Tower. Last summer, after Trump moved his primary residence to Florida, de Blasio ordered that the street on Fifth Avenue in front of the building be painted with large yellow letters that read “Black Lives Matter”.