The leadership of the local plumbers union is brushing off the incident, but there is video. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was roundly booed at an event this week.
Lori Lightfoot gets booed. pic.twitter.com/2Q9oMrBbSg
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“They were calling her names. It was bad.”
A 25-second clip posted to Twitter shows the moment the Democratic mayor was loudly jeered Sunday as she was introduced to Plumbers Union Local 130 — the Windy City’s first union to endorse her in the 2019 runoff election.
“I knew that was going to happen,” one attendee said just as the crowd drowned out Lightfoot’s introduction.
“That’s f–king brutal,” one man sitting at a table said.
One person at the fundraiser told the Chicago Sun-Times Lightfoot “spoke for less than a minute” before the crowd’s ire was apparently too much for her.
“And there was a resounding booing throughout the room,” the attendee said. “Almost deafening … I was sitting at the table with a bunch of plumbers. They’re like, ‘We’ve never heard that before here.’”
“Clearly, their membership is not with her,” the anonymous attendee continued. “They were calling her names. It was bad.”
Initial reports were that the woman was booed off the stage. The video seems to back the union leaderships’ account which is that she actually was able to finish her remarks.
But a union official disputed that account, saying Lightfoot was able to “finish her remarks” and got a “cheer” at the end while acknowledging she had been booed by some.
“But it was nothing significant,” the union’s recording secretary, Pat McCarthy, told the Sun-Times. “And it didn’t disrupt the event at all.”
McCarthy said he believes any detractors at the event weren’t union members.
“We respect her and we have no problems with the mayor,” McCarthy told the newspaper.
The crowd reaction was considered to be an editorial on vaccine mandates.
Under Lightfoot’s vaccine mandate, all city employees must either be fully vaccinated or submit to testing through the end of the year. The head of the city’s police union, John Catanzara, has led several protests this week against the order, WLS-TV reported.
Catanzara has told his members to defy the city’s mandate, leading Lightfoot to accuse him of trying to “induce an insurrection” even after the union’s former president died of COVID-19.
Given this reaction, there’s a good chance the New York City workers’ protests will spread to other big cities in the United States.
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