Democratic candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) has already been struggling to stand out in a crowded field of blue presidential candidates that has now swelled to 19.
And now she’s had one of those awful moments that no candidate ever wants to have.
Back during Jeb Bush’s lackluster presidential campaign, he had one defining moment that helped hammer the nails into the coffin of his 2016 run: He begged his audience to clap.
The former Florida governor was telling his audience that he wanted a “quieter” approach to using the U.S. military than his contender, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. But Republicans didn’t seem to be looking for a softer approach to dealing with those threatening America.
“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 it back in the business of creating a more peaceful world,” Bush said.
He paused for a moment as the room fell into silence. Then with a sad, exhausted expression, he begged them: “Please clap.”
Relive that moment below:
Something similar happened to Klobuchar on at the now-infamous CNN town hall event on Monday, where fellow Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris gave terribly damaging answers to the question of whether convicted felons — such as the Boston Marathon bomber — should be allowed to vote while still in prison.
“Look at what I’ve done. I’m someone who runs in a purple state,” Klobuchar was telling the crowd, according to the Daily Wire. “When I started running for office, the other senator was Republican, the governor was Republican and three of our four constitutional officers were Republican. And then I started running, and every single time I’ve run, I’ve won every single congressional district in my state, including [former Rep.] Michele Bachmann’s.”
She paused for applause, but it never came.
“That’s when you guys are supposed to cheer, OK?”
Ouch. Something similar happened to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently.
Pelosi was surrounded by Democratic leaders as she was hosting a press conference to unveil a new health care act in late March.
“Today, under the leadership of our three distinguished chairmen — Mr. Pallone of Energy and Commerce, Mr. Scott of Education and Labor, and Mr. Neal of Ways and Means Committee, the three committees of jurisdiction — we’re going forward with the ‘Protecting Pre-existing Conditions and Making Health Care More Affordable Act,’” she said during a rambling speech where she tripped over her words multiple times.
Pelosi paused, then noticed no reaction from the crowd.
“That’s a line for applause!” she told them.
Watch that moment in the speech below (skip ahead to 1 minute, 14 seconds):