Jeb Bush to Crowd: “Please Clap”
How did we even elect presidents before internet memes existed?
Social media has had plenty of things to make fun of since the 2016 election hit full stride with the Iowa Caucuses. Probably the funniest and definitely the saddest example came from Republican candidate Jeb Bush as he was speaking at a New Hampshire campaign event.
“I won’t be a Divider-in-Chief or an Agitator-in-Chief,” he declared. “I won’t be out there blow-harding, 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.”
Then he paused for applause and was met with silence. “Please clap,” he added, and the crowd laughed and clapped.
To be honest, if you watch the footage it seems like the crowd just thought he was still going, hesitated too long and felt awkward, and Jeb was wryly poking fun at the situation – but that doesn’t translate to social media, where people can’t resist a candidate with an exclamation point after his name begging people to please express enthusiasm for him.
JEB! was hardly the only candidate to fail on the internet. After his surprising second-place finish to Ted Cruz, Donald Trump did what he does best and went on Twitter to complain about it.
In a rant that’s still going today, Trump claimed that Cruz put out a press release saying Ben Carson was quitting the race so Carson’s supporters would vote for Cruz instead, and sent out a voter violation certificate to thousands of voters. He called for either a new election or for Cruz to be disqualified.
Ted Cruz responded on Twitter, and while I don’t exactly recommend scrolling through his feed, he did come up with one of the best hashtags ever:
#Trumpertantrum hit the top of the trends list last night, and deservedly so. Ted Cruz is still a jerk, though.
Lest you think we only make fun of Republicans (which, okay, that’s probably fair) there was also drama among the Democrats as Bernie Sanders started subtweeting Hillary Clinton, like they’re a couple of YouTubers who had a messy breakup.
He went on to tweet that most progressives he knows don’t raise millions from Wall Street, support the Trans-Pacific Partnership, vote for the war in Iraq, etc.
Hillary Clinton’s team fired back that it shouldn’t be about who gets to define “progressive” – but while we’re on the topic…
This led to a #HillarySoProgressive tag, trending right under #Trumpertantrum, mostly from Bernie supporters mocking her record.
It’s only going to get sillier from here, guys. Brace yourselves.