Awkward: Bush has to ask audience to clap

Republican presidential candidate fails to rile up New Hampshire crowd, has to ask them to applaud.

Ben Ariel ,

Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush had an awkward moment during a campaign event this week in New Hampshire, where the next round of the primaries will be held.

Bush, who spoke at a town hall event in Hanover, New Hampshire, had to ask the audience to clap after he failed to rile them up.

“I will not trash-talk,” he said. “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.”

The crowd, despite the fiery speech, failed to applaud the former Florida governor and, after an awkward silence, Bush said, “Please clap.”

The audience laughed before finally clapping.

The event took place this past Tuesday, just one day after Bush finished in sixth place in the Iowa caucuses.

Bush, as part of his campaign, has advocated for strengthening ties between the United States and Israel.

He also suggested that the United States should consider providing Israel with the necessary weapons to strike Iran’s nuclear program, saying he would push to give Israel “access to the most sophisticated military equipment” for offensive security measures.