In the latest sign of the collapse of Donald Trump’s brand name shares, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city was moving forward with plans to cancel business contracts with the Trump Organization.
“New York doesn’t do business with insurgents,” de Blasio tweeted. “We are taking action to END agreements with the Trump Organization to operate the Central Park Carousel, Wollman and Lasker rinks, and the Ferry Point golf course” in the Bronx.
While city officials have been exploring ways out of the deals since 2015, de Blasio said in an interview with MSNBC that the murderous and destructive invasion of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday left no other option. “New York City will have nothing to do with the Trump Organization anymore,” he said. He added that he sees the city as having a “solid legal foundation” if Trump decides to take action.
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The Capitol violation followed months of campaign fraud lies spread by Trump and his supporters. As Trump faces impeachment proceedings and a potential trial ahead of President-elect 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 declarations. The PGA has said it will no longer host a major golf tournament at a Trump-owned club in New Jersey, and the organizers of the Open Championship in Britain have taken similar action against a Trump golf course UK.
New York and Trump have a long and tangled history, of course, with the son of a Queens-born real estate developer putting his last name on a range of buildings decades before his presidential run. The attractions of Central Park are familiar not only to residents but visitors to the city as well, including professionals in the television industry who flock to Wollman Rink each spring for Fox’s annual party. The Trump Organization oversaw the renovation of the rink in the 1980s, as Central Park was beginning to emerge from a period of financial crisis and crime in the 1970s. After it opened in 1950, the rink was used as a hall of concert and has been featured as a backdrop in films like Love story, Carnal knowledge and Mr. Popper’s penguins.
The mayor has clashed with Trump frequently over the past four years. Early in the president’s tenure, he assaulted the costly security measures needed to protect the area around Trump Tower. Last summer, after Trump moved his primary residence to Florida, de Blasio ordered that the Fifth Avenue street in front of the building be painted with large yellow letters spelling “Black Lives Matter.”