Jeb Bush was, for a time, the GOP front-runner to become president in 2016, but his campaign was steamrolled by Donald Trump… and John Kasich… and even Ted Cruz. If you’re less popular than Ted Cruz, something has gone terribly wrong. Something went terribly wrong for JEB! on February 3, 2016, when George W. Bush’s younger brother implored an unenthused New Hampshire crowd to “please clap.” MSNBC called it a “heartbreaking phrase because it comes from a candidate who thinks he’s delivering powerful, inspirational rhetoric, but who’s also reminded from time to time that in order to get any kind of real validation, he literally has to ask for it.” Bush barely had a chance before “please clap,” but the viral plea sunk his presidential aspirations for good.
Unlike Jeb, Trump actually became president, but he had his own “please clap” moment. A video posted to the Parler Takes Twitter account over the weekend shows Trump “appearing in front of diners at his Mar-a-Lago resort and getting absolutely no reaction until he waggles his little hands at them,” according to the Daily Beast. “Trump then gets a few whoops and claps and, finally satisfied with the reaction he had demanded, gives his fans a double thumbs-up.” The clip has been viewed over 500,000 times, and many people are saying that it’s the largest view count they’ve ever seen before.
Please clap? No. Please read the reactions to Trump ordering applause.
Is this TFG's "Please Clap" moment…
Or his "Please, I HAVE the Clap" moment? https://t.co/AYx37NbeEX
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 24, 2022
Even Jeb Bush wouldn't clap for this. https://t.co/oTjYM0xOoJ
— Grant Stern is boosted! (@grantstern) January 24, 2022
— Tara Dublin (@taradublinrocks) January 23, 2022
Pathetic Trump, desperate for attention, gestures for people to applaud him at Mar-a-Lago. What a loser. He made fun of Jeb Bush for the same thing. https://t.co/wmYRt6ZR4G
— Victoria Young is Vaxxed, Boosted & Masked 💉😷 (@toriyoung22) January 24, 2022
— What Fresh Hell Is This? (@berneunion2) January 23, 2022
Trump pulled a Jeb Bush lol https://t.co/xCyIwiLwOY
— Gabe Sanchez (@iamgabesanchez) January 24, 2022
He has the same job as the guy who does this during Bill Maher's monologues. https://t.co/YaYpbruiAl
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) January 24, 2022
LMAO, Trump made tens of people clap for him during brunch, at a hotel, where he lives, and shares the buffet. https://t.co/GLcGUDRWwx
— Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) January 24, 2022