Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush was at an event in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Wednesday when he had to stop and ask the audience to clap after his speech drew nothing but crickets.
Bush went on a short rant about his ability to be president in which he attacked Donald Trump, but the silence that followed was deafening.
“My pledge to you, I will be a commander-in-chief that will have the back of the military,” he said. “I won’t trash talk, I won’t be a divider-in-chief or an agitator-in-chief. I won’t be out there blowharding, talking a big game without backing it up.”
“I think the next president needs to be a lot quieter, but send a signal that we’re prepared to act in the national security interest of this country,” Bush added. “To get back in the business of creating a more peaceful world.”
But when the crowd was quiet, a sad Bush had to ask, “Please clap.”