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‘Sanctuary City Hall’ imagined in Walsh St. Patrick’s Day video

Mayor Martin J. Walsh spoke with an 18th-century patriot in his office in a scene from his campaign video. Screen capture

As a mayor up for re-election, it was good to be Marty Walsh at the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day breakfast this year.

Boston’s mayor has seen a national boost in name recognition thanks, in part, to his vocal opposition to President Trump — and he again skewered Trump with his St. Patrick’s Day breakfast appearance.

In a pre-produced video shown Sunday, City Hall is turned into a refuge for those who might feel attacked by Trump and his rhetoric — a direct imagining of Walsh’s words in January following the president’s first attempt at instituting a travel ban, that Boston would use “City Hall itself to shelter and protect anyone who’s targeted unjustly.”


Setting the scene with Trump’s tweets, groups that have been fighting against many of the president’s policies are seen making their home at City Hall.

Women wearing pinks hats walk through a revolving door, and scientists and judges are also welcomed into the brutalistic building.

Through it all, Walsh is seen making breakfast (at the A-graded kitchen) for his new roommates, covering up a person sleeping in the hallway, and encouraging 18th-century patriots — another group that found refuge in City Hall — to work 311.

During a “press conference,” Walsh said City Hall would be used a refuge “for as long as it’s needed, for as long as it takes.”

The last person seen entering “Sanctuary City Hall” is Lady Liberty, who asks the security guard for directions to the ladies’ room.

“There’s a gender neutral bathroom at the top of the stairs on five,” the guard responds in a thick Boston accent.

Walsh’s growing recognition makes him an even more difficult opponent for his challenger, City Councilor Tito Jackson.

Jackson is seeking to unseat Walsh in a city where the last time a sitting mayor was defeated was in 1949. Jackson says he is running to give voice to people who feel left behind and ignored amid Boston’s building boom.


Watch Mayor Walsh’s video:

Meghan E. Irons of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Aimee Ortiz can be reached at aimee.ortiz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @aimee_ortiz.