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PLEASE CLAP 2.0: Pete Buttigieg Asks Silent Iowa Crowd to Applaud

The scene resembled Jeb Bush’s infamous 2016 campaign flop.

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Pete Buttigieg appeared to be taking a page from Jeb Bush’s 2016 Presidential campaign on Tuesday, resorting to asking members of a silent Iowa crowd to “come on” when they declined to respond to his campaign talking points with enthusiasm.

Video of the cringeworthy interaction is sure to elicit comparison to Bush’s “please clap” moment.

It’s unclear if Mayor Pete’s seemingly disinterested audience realized they were intended to applaud at the moment Buttigieg finished rattling off his prepackaged set of vague inspirational talking points. After being spurred by Buttigieg, they did meet the cue, however.

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Buttigieg has stalled in recent weeks, as the once golden boy has drawn criticism for his comfortable relationships with billionaire oligarchs and the political elite. In particular, Buttigieg has been blasted for hosting a tasteless fundraiser in a billionaire-owned California “wine cave.

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Mayor Pete does still poll strongly in Iowa, and his weakness with Black voters makes it imperative that he finish with a first or second place finish in the February caucuses. Buttigieg has also lost some support to Mike Bloomberg, making it clear that at least some of his core constituency in the primary are susceptible to being bought off by a deluge of propaganda unmatched in modern American political history.

Judging from the lukewarm response of Iowa voters to his focus-group tested schpiel, reciting scripted talking points in an attempt to become the next Obama won’t quite cut it.

His campaign may go down in history as a more impressive showing than that of Jeb Bush’s flop, but his request for campaign speech applause may suggest that his message isn’t all that different.

 

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Donald Trump Dominates Iowa Youth Straw Poll, Winning 55% to 32% Over Biden

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Donald Trump secured a victory in Iowa’s Youth Straw Poll, with Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announcing the results of the informal contest on Friday.

Trump won 55% of 31,000 participating students who attend 225 different schools across the state of Iowa. Biden won only 32%, with dark horse candidate Kanye West winning 9% of the straw poll vote.

The poll also questioned students as to Iowa’s Senate election, with incumbent Republican senator Joni Ernst winning 53% support. Democrat Theresa Greenfield won 38%.

This is a fun, hands-on learning experience that hopefully will create a lifelong interest in civics and elections for these students,” Secretary Pate said. “My thanks to everyone who participated and the teachers and school leaders across the state for organizing this event.

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Democrats have expressed increasing confidence that they’re on the verge of winning Texas, Iowa, Ohio and other historically Republican states. If young voters vote for President Trump in anything close to the margin seen in the straw poll, they can frankly kiss such a prospect goodbye. Trump would win Iowa by a margin never before seen in the state if he secures 55% of Generation Z voters. However, the high school audience that participated in the poll didn’t query millennial voters.

There’s evidence to suggest that Trump has increased the appeal of the Republican Party to young voters, especially with Democrat Joe Biden doubling down on a campaign strategy of almost exclusively marketing his candidacy to traditionally conservative white senior voters.

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