Chesa Boudin was booed quite roundly, followed by a handful of rowdies during the Lunar New Year parade
Combine a controversial district attorney with a parade held in a neighborhood where he isn’t very popular, and you have Chesa Boudin getting booed along the route of Saturday’s Lunar New Year parade.
A Twitter thread on “working hard” for the AAPI community and a brief Video “Happy Lunar New Year” with a bit of Mandarin and Cantonese thrown in did little to save San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin from what was likely inevitable Saturday night. Doing the standard âchosen one riding in a convertible and saluting during a paradeâ trick during Saturdayâs Lunar New Year festival and parade, Boudin was booed as the parade passed through Chinatown. Boudin was also followed by a dozen sign-carrying recall defenders who made sure he didn’t forget that an effort was underway to recall him.
As you see in the two videos above, there were some definite audible boos from Boudin, though it was far from the wildest boos from a politician in recent memory. That accolade still goes to Ed Lee and Mark Leno who got booed off the stage at Trans March 2016 (you can relive that magic in this KTVU video.)
Here we see another Boudin boo video from Saturday, where the boos and âYou suckâ are hardly overwhelming, but they are certainly more heartbreak than the other chosen ones. And someone…give Boudin a little red envelope and a thumbs up? Who knows, maybe the envelope has a little “fuck you” note inside.
Boudin’s convertible also had about a dozen placard-carrying recall defenders following his car through the parade.
However, there was plenty of peanut gallery from both sides of the debate, especially in responses to the above widely retweeted claim that “I’ve never heard San Franciscans boo a politician before.” After all, Mayor Ed Lee was boo at his own investiture in 2016 and at nearly every public appearance in his second term.
But Chesa Boudin has unique issues with Chinatown and the Asian-American community. They were probably never going to be thrilled with him after defeating DA contender Nancy Tung, who would have been the first Chinese-American DA in the city’s history. Fairly or not, Boudin is blamed for the attacks on Asian Americans, though similar attacks are rampant in Oakland, and indeed, across the country. But Boudin stands out with a high-profile lawsuit against him from the Alliance for Asian American Justice, which has lots of AAPI celebrity endorsementsthrough the prosecution’s shocking claims could does not stand up to scrutiny.
Showing up for Saturday’s parade was therefore likely a no-win situation for Chesa Boudin. If he shows up, he’s sure to get booed and he gets unflattering headlines like the one on the post. If he doesn’t show up, he’ll be further tagged as ignoring or dodging Chinatown. So Boudin took the first of two bad options and attended the parade celebrating the Year of the Tiger. We’ll find out more in the June 7 recall election whether Chinatown’s boo birds were the wake-up sound of a sleeping tiger, or if their noisy recall support was more of a paper tiger.
Related: Lawsuit against Boudin for ‘brutal’ Chinatown attack looks a bit flimsy as more details emerge [SFist]
Image: @chesaboudin by Twitter