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‘Trump pulled a Jeb Bush’: Viral video shows Trump ‘begging’ for audience to applaud him at Mar-a-Lago

People immediately thought of Jeb Bush's infamous 'please clap' moment.


Samira Sadeque


Posted on Jan 24, 2022   Updated on Jan 31, 2022, 10:34 am CST

A video has gone viral showing former President Donald Trump urging those around him to clap for him during a recent gathering at his Mar-a-Lago property. 

The clip, just 10 seconds long, shows the former president in a red MAGA hat, raising and waving his hands in an upwards gesture. In response, those around the camera are heard faintly cheering him on. He then gives them thumbs up in response to the cheers and turns around before the clip ends. 

The clip was shared by the extremism watchdog Patriot Takes on Sunday, and garnered more than 500,000 views. 

“Trump asking for applause from the Mar-a-Lago brunch crowd,” read the tweet. “Sad.”

Others quickly shared it with their commentary. Many people compared the clip to former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s infamous “please clap” moment during the primaries ahead of the 2016 election.

“please clap” amirite?” tweeted one user.

“Trump pulled a Jeb Bush lol,” another user wrote.

Some mocked the former president’s “begging” for people’s attention and appraisal.

Some noted his narcissism in such behavior.

One user pointed out that Trump had to demand attention in an establishment that he owns. 

“LMAO, Trump made tens of people clap for him during brunch, at a hotel, where he lives, and shares the buffet,” read the tweet.

It’s not clear when the event happened or who captured the video. One of his most recent presence at the resort was on Jan. 6 when the country marked the first anniversary of the Capitol riot.

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*First Published: Jan 24, 2022, 11:26 am CST