Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) had an awkward moment during a town hall that was very similar to a 2016 campaign moment from then-Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.
Answering a question about how she planned to appeal to voters, Klobuchar claimed that her record would do the talking.
“I guess you look at what I’ve done, and that is that I am someone that runs in a purple state,” Klobuchar said of her state Minnesota. “Every single time I have run, I have won every single congressional district in my state, including Michele Bachmann’s.”
After a long pause, Klobuchar chuckled and said: “It’s when you guys are supposed to cheer, OK?”
Watch the awkward moment:
Amy Klobuchar to the CNN audience: Cheer for me. pic.twitter.com/9e9Q0WYEQ7
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This moment is being compared to a Jeb Bush 2016 campaign stop, where after explaining what kind of president he would be, he was met with silence.
“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,” Bush said.
However, after waiting for applause, Bush finally asked the crowd to “please clap.”
See what happened below:
Klobuchar has been dealing with controversy after multiple reports were released that the presidential candidate had mistreated her staff. However, she has responded to the criticism, saying that her standards sometimes caused her to be harsh, as IJR Red reported.
“Well, to me, if you are a boss, you have to have high standards. And that is what I have always and that doesn’t mean it’s a popularity contest all the time. So I’ve had high standards for myself, high standards for our staff, and mostly, I’m going to have high standards for the country.”
Klobuchar will appear in a Fox News town hall in May, becoming the second Democratic candidate to do so.