Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is one of the many Democrats vying for her party’s nomination in 2020 to take on President Donald Trump, but for all intents and purposes, her candidacy might already be over.
Klobuchar’s campaign got off to a rather rocky start as she announced she was running at an outdoor event in the middle of a blizzard in February, during which she warned of the dangers of global warming — a hilariously odd dichotomy that was duly noted and mocked by Trump.
Things haven’t really improved for Klobuchar as she has been slammed with allegations from anonymous former staffers that she is an exceptionally terrible and mean boss who sometimes does incredibly weird things like eat salad with a comb.
Her latest bump in the road came during a CNN town hall Monday in New Hampshire when the senator resorted to telling the audience to cheer for her.
A student asked Klobuchar during the event how she planned to gain the support of Minnesotans who voted for Trump in 2016.
“Look at what I’ve done,” she said. “I’m someone who runs in a purple state. 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 GOP Rep.) Michele Bachmann’s.”
However, there was only silence in response to Klobuchar’s remark, which prompted her to say, “That’s when you guys are supposed to cheer, OK?”
Amy Klobuchar has her “please clap” moment pic.twitter.com/b3SrveBeaf
— Aidan McLaughlin (@aidnmclaughlin) April 22, 2019
The Daily Wire’s Ashe Schow couldn’t help but note the striking resemblance of that moment for Klobuchar to one in the 2016 GOP primary that signaled the end of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s struggling campaign for the nomination.
Speaking at an event in New Hampshire in February 2016, Bush declared, “Here’s my pledge to you: I will be a commander-in-chief who will have the back of the military. I won’t trash talk. I won’t 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.”
There was no response from the audience, which prompted Bush to make a quiet plea for attendees to “please clap” for what he had just said.
Bush ultimately dropped out of the race just a couple of weeks after that embarrassing moment, ending his expensive quest for the nomination after only a few states had held primaries in which he never drew more than a few percentage points of support.
The Democratic race for the nomination hasn’t even reached the stage of votes being cast in caucuses or primaries, and yet Klobuchar already has experienced her own “please clap” moment, a bad sign for her troubled candidacy.
According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls for the Democratic 2020 candidates, Klobuchar ranks in eighth place with only 1.6 percent support. That is down from her previous high of 3.7 percent in mid-March and is pretty much equivalent to the 1.5 percent support she had when she entered the race in early February.
When a liberal candidate has to remind members of a liberal audience that they are supposed to cheer for her past victories over Republicans, you know things aren’t going particularly well for her.
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