NY AG Letitia James met with chorus of boos, ‘Trump’ chants during FDNY ceremony speech

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New York Attorney General Letitia James was met with a chorus of boos and chants of “Trump” while delivering a speech at an FDNY promotion ceremony Thursday.

As James walked onto the podium at the Christian Cultural Center’s Brooklyn Campus, members of the crowd — made up of the families of captains, battalion chiefs and civilians who were up for promotion, as well as the firemen who work beside them — began to jeer, video shows.

New York Attorney General Letitia James (pictured) has been met with a chorus of booing and Trump chants while delivering a speech at the FDNY’s promotion ceremony in the wake of the former President’s civil fraud case loss. BRIGITTE STELZER
New York Attorney General Letitia James (pictured) has been met with a chorus of booing and Trump chants while delivering a speech at the FDNY’s promotion ceremony in the wake of the former President’s civil fraud case loss. BRIGITTE STELZER
As James ascended the podium at the Christian Cultural Center’s Brooklyn Campus on Thursday, members of the crowd — made up of the families of captains, battalion chiefs and civilians who were up for promotion, as well as the firemen who work beside them — began to jeer (pictured) BRIGITTE STELZER
As James ascended the podium at the Christian Cultural Center’s Brooklyn Campus on Thursday, members of the crowd — made up of the families of captains, battalion chiefs and civilians who were up for promotion, as well as the firemen who work beside them — began to jeer (pictured) BRIGITTE STELZER
James told the hecklers to “simmer down.” BRIGITTE STELZER
James told the hecklers to “simmer down.” BRIGITTE STELZER

“Oh, come on. We’re in a house of God. First, uhm, simmer down,” James said as she attempted to pacify the crowd before adding, “thank you for getting it out of your system.”

As James continued her speech, the booing swiftly turned to chants in support of former President Donald Trump.

“Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump,” the crowd bellowed.

James — whose office recently won a $454 million civil fraud judgment against Trump — pushed forward with her speech, praying for “those men and women who exemplify true courage.”

“Some may even be here. Some might even be booing me. But nonetheless, I pray for them,” she said.

She congratulated the 65 uniformed members from Fire Operations, EMS Operations, and the Bureau of Fire Investigation being promoted at the ceremony, which also honored the Rev. Pamela Holmes, who was sworn in as FDNY chaplain on Thursday.

People in the crowed also chanted “Trump” at James. BRIGITTE STELZER
People in the crowed also chanted “Trump” at James. BRIGITTE STELZER

James’ attendance broke from tradition, as the elected official historically invited to speak at the promotion ceremony has been the mayor.

A Brooklyn firefighter who was at the event, but asked to remain anonymous, linked the crowd’s reaction to the recent case against Trump, which the 2024 GOP presidential frontrunner has claimed amounted to a politically motivated “witch hunt.”

“She has no problem, bragging that she convicted Trump, so this is how hard-working New Yorkers, who put their life on the line, feel about her actions,” the firefighter told The Post.

James has appeared to troll the former president over the mounting interest on the judgement — which is increasing by roughly $1 million every nine days.

James said she would continue praying for firefighters — even the ones who booed her at the ceremony. BRIGITTE STELZER
James said she would continue praying for firefighters — even the ones who booed her at the ceremony. BRIGITTE STELZER
James holding a Bible as Reverend Pamela Holmes gets promoted to FDNY Chaplain. BRIGITTE STELZER
James holding a Bible as Reverend Pamela Holmes gets promoted to FDNY Chaplain. BRIGITTE STELZER

A spokesperson for James refused to comment beyond the attorney general’s real-time response to the jeers.

FDNY Chief of Department John Hodgens called the taunts an “embarrassment” and “not befitting of the world’s best fire department.”

“Today’s ceremony was about one thing: the accomplishments of the members being promoted,” Hodgens told The Post.

An appeals court has allowed Trump (pictured) to stay at the helm of the family company and apply for loans from Empire State banks to help post the bond. AP
An appeals court has allowed Trump (pictured) to stay at the helm of the family company and apply for loans from Empire State banks to help post the bond. AP

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung ripped the AG as “an embarrassment to the people of New York.”

“The rank and file of the FDNY know they have no greater friend than President Trump. The President is honored by, and grateful for their very vocal support,” Cheung said in a statement.

Trump was ordered to pay $454 million, including interest, in order to stay the massive judgment while he appeals the case in which a Manhattan judge found he, his two sons and his company liable for inflating the value of assets on financial statements to banks and insurers.

This week, the real estate mogul told Fox News that he doesn’t “worry about money” after he was asked if he’s close to securing the hefty amount owed.

“I have a lot of money. I can do what I want to do,” he told Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade.

An appeals court has allowed Trump to stay at the helm of the family company and apply for loans from Empire State banks to help post the bond.

James has already vowed to ask a judge to seize Trump’s assets — including some of his prized Big Apple properties — if he fails to get the judgment stayed, and doesn’t cough up what he owes.