Jeb Bush begs town hall attendees to ‘please clap’
By DYLAN STABLEFORD
For Jeb Bush supporters who may be face-palm averse, you may want to look away.
At a town hall event in New Hampshire on Tuesday, the former Florida governor and Republican presidential hopeful asked attendees to “please clap” after his call for the next commander in chief “to be a lot quieter” was met with silence.
“I will not trash-talk,” Bush said at the event in Hanover, N.H., a day after finishing a distant sixth in the Iowa caucuses. “I will not 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 interests of this country — to get back in the business of creating a more peaceful world.”
After failing to elicit applause, a tired-sounding Bush pleaded with the crowd.
“Please clap,” he said, drawing applause — and some awkward laughter.