House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had a “please clap” moment, a la former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), this week when she literally told a group of uninspired Democrats to just “be inspired.”
Pelosi gave her lackluster pitch for the Democrats’ “Better Deal,” an economic message intended to counter that of President Donald Trump, during the Progressive Caucus Strategy Center Summit in Baltimore on Friday.
The California liberal, speaking before a largely silent group of House Democrats, said:
“I hope you pay attention, because people say, ‘Oh a Better Deal, that’s not too romantic, I’m not too inspired by it.’ You know, be inspired by the unity of it, that our members came together — House and Senate, by the way — on it.”
Pelosi only received a smattering of applause for the remarks, which came the same week Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum. While the tariffs have been criticized by Democrats and Republicans, some U.S. companies are praising the move and vowing to bring jobs back into the country as a result.
The progressive Democrat’s speech was reminiscent of Bush’s “please clap” moment, which came in February 2016, as his star was quickly dimming while Trump continued to ascend the political ladder.
When Bush vowed during a town hall event not to “trash talk” but instead to “get back in the business of creating a more peaceful world,” the audience sat in silence.
“Please clap,” the former governor pleaded.
Now Pelosi is asking her fellow Democrats to “please clap,” too.
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