House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was not so warmly received when she made a surprise appearance at the Global Citizen Music Festival in Central Park on Saturday night.
Pelosi, wearing a white pantsuit and matching scarf, seemed to be booed as she took the stage to speak briefly, video broadcasts on social media.
The house speaker was talking about climate change and reducing carbon emissions in the speech and boos were audible from the start, videos show.
“As President of the House, I am here to thank you for your dazzling advocacy, your entrepreneurial spirit and your determination as citizens of the world,” she told the crowd after her introduction.
Some audience members cheered Pelosi, but others heckled her from the crowd, with the heckling continuing during most of her remarks.
“It is because of your help that the United States recently enacted historic, game-changing climate legislation,” Pelosi said as the rumble continued. “It will reduce carbon pollution by 40% by 2030, it will give a landmark, a historic $370 billion to tackle the climate crisis.”
As the boos and cheers continue, several hecklers shout “Let’s go!” apparently looking for the revival of the evening’s entertainment.
Pelosi attempted to continue his speech, saying the bill would result in “better water and air for our children” as well as “better paying jobs and lower energy bills for their parents.”
The audience continued to rumble over the remarks as Pelosi closed by saying her grandchildren Paul and Thomas were in the audience – and she had agreed to keep her remarks short so as not to delay any more music.
The California Democrat, who also appeared at the festival in 2016, this time posed backstage with Nick Jonas’ wife, actress and activist Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who was one of the show’s hosts.
The annual music festival offers free tickets to tens of thousands of fans who take action to end extreme poverty.
Global Citizen tweeted its thanks to Pelosi for the appearance.
“Thank you, @SpeakerPelosi, for recognizing global citizens around the world who have taken action in support of historic new climate legislation in the United States!” the tweet said.
This year’s festival featured major artists such as Metallica, Usher, Mariah Carey and The Jonas Brothers, who performed for the Great Lawn.