Walsh’s diss of Olympic opponents gets #10PeopleOnTwitter trending

At a hastily called press conference on Monday morning, July 27, 2015, Mayor Marty Walsh said he will not sign a host city contract until he knows more about the financial picture of the proposed 2024 Olympic games.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh called opponents of the Olympics “about 10 people on Twitter.’’ –The Boston Globe

While Boston Mayor Marty Walsh publicly rebuked the Olympic requirement that Boston guarantee any cost overruns, he maintained his general support for hosting the Olympics here.

In doing so, he also belittled Boston 2024’s vocal opponents.

“The opposition for the most part is about 10 people on Twitter and a couple people out there beating the drum beat,’’ he said.

Walsh was attempting to argue that the majority of Olympic opponents are relatively undecided and could be swayed either way. But what was heard by locals – 53 percent of whom oppose the Olympics, according to WBUR polling in July – was an attempt to dismiss the anti-Olympic opposition as small and irrelevant.

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At least on Twitter, that comment backfired. The proud opponents of Boston 2024 started the #10PeopleOnTwitter hashtag, which trended locally around noon, to lampoon the mayor’s words.

We should point out there are more than 10 tweets using that hashtag.

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