Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was booed over the weekend during a speech at a local union fundraiser, according to reports.
According to Fox News, Lightfoot was scheduled to speak on Sunday at an annual fundraiser for Local 130 of the Plumbers Union, but his speech ended abruptly due to a chorus of boos from the audience.
The Plumbers Union was the first organization to endorse Lightfoot when it ran for election in 2019.
A participant told the Chicago Sun-Times that Lightfoot only spoke for about a minute before being “booed from the stage.”
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One participant reportedly said the taunts were “almost deafening” and said, “They were insulting him. It was bad. »
Union officials confirmed Lightfoot was booed, but insisted she was “able to finish her remarks” and received a loud cheer at the end.
Despite videos showing Lightfoot getting booed, union trade manager Jim Coyne says they are overblown.
“I didn’t hear any booing,” he said. “It’s a bit impossible at Plumbers Hall. She is loved by plumbers. People wanted to line up and take pictures with her.
In recent weeks, Lightfoot has been at the center of a standoff with the Chicago Police Union over the city’s vaccination mandate.
Fraternal Order of Police president John Catanzara has urged its members and other union officials to disobey Lightfoot’s mandate. In response to his comments, a Cook County judge issued a temporary restraining order barring Catanzara from speaking publicly about the matter.