Protesters boo loudly as Gov. Walker takes podium to light Capitol Christmas tree

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker elicited boos and howls of protest as he threw the switch lighting the state Christmas tree.

Walker presided over the ceremony in the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda on Tuesday. It came as Republican lawmakers prepared to vote on lame-duck session measures to weaken powers of the incoming Democratic governor.

There are loud boos from protesters as @GovWalker takes the podium at tree lighting ceremony. #news3 pic.twitter.com/A3n9f6cIIF

— Rose Schmidt (@RoseSchmidtTV) December 4, 2018

Protesters held signs that read “Stop the GOP Madness” and “All I Want for Christmas is Democracy” as Walker attended the ceremony. A high school choir singing Christmas carols was largely drowned out by protesters outside the Senate chamber singing their own anti-Walker tunes.

Protesters in Capitol try to drown out performance of Silent Night by Tri-County High School choir. I can handle the shouts but leave the kids alone. pic.twitter.com/8R65OJ7igt

— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) December 4, 2018

As the ceremony ended, protesters chanted and yelled, “Hey Walker, go home!”

Walker left without taking questions.

Walker later tweeted about the protesters who drowned out a high school choir that performed during the ceremony.

“I can handle the shouts but leave the kids alone,” Walker tweeted.

Lots of spectators and protesters watch tree lighting ceremony. Some are holding signs condemning the lame-duck session. #news3 pic.twitter.com/Qb4MqVjgpp

— Rose Schmidt (@RoseSchmidtTV) December 4, 2018

Protesters boo loudly as Gov. Walker takes podium to light Capitol Christmas tree

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