During a speech at Purdue University on Thursday, Starbucks CEO and possible presidential candidate Howard Schultz implored his audience to clap for him — and reminded Twitter users of another presidential candidate who made almost the exact same gaffe in 2016.
“If I choose to run, I promise, I will absolutely release my tax returns,” Schultz said. There was a silent pause from the audience, at which point the coffee mogul told the crowd, “you can clap now.”
Billionaire Starbucks founder and presidential wannabe Howard Shultz just had his own pathetic "please clap" moment pic.twitter.com/HDEiBAPI2V
— Arlen Parsa (@arlenparsa) February 7, 2019
He again prompted the audience to clap when discussing the cost of education at the university.
No one clapped for an applause line about the cost of education at Perdue so Howard Schultz prompted the audience to clap pic.twitter.com/wlLVFR5fyp
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) February 7, 2019
Twitter users noted almost immediately that Schultz telling his crowd they can clap for him sounded remarkably like a moment when then-GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said “please clap” to a group he was speaking to at a campaign event on February 2, 2016.
“Howard Schultz is the new Jeb!” one user tweeted, referencing the one-word title from the younger Bush’s campaign.
Howard Schultz is the new Jeb(!) Bush, pass it on! pic.twitter.com/62N2e29eLR
— Q. 🏳️🌈♿️ (@Quiara) February 7, 2019
“The speed at which campaigns go through their life cycle now is amazing,” another user noted. “Schultz already at ‘Full Jeb.'”
The speed at which campaigns go through their life cycle now is amazing. Schultz already at "Full Jeb" https://t.co/41fC4Kt1Lx
— John Infanti (@Johnny_2Hats) February 7, 2019
Check out more hilarious responses below:
imploring an audience to clap is not inherently bad and lots of great speakers do it all the time! u just have to a certain sauce, and howard schultz/jeb bush weren't particularly sauceful
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) February 7, 2019
"Please clap." Jeb Bush on Feb 3, 2016
"You've got to clap for that." Howard Schultz on February 7, 2019 https://t.co/4CvFN7gQhF
— Matt Rogers 🦅 (@Politidope) February 7, 2019
We are living in the Jeb Time Continuum https://t.co/Mb0cCcCjO0
— Johnny Verhovek (@JTHVerhovek) February 7, 2019
didn't realize that for some people the conclusion they came away with from 2016 was run jeb's campaign again https://t.co/UHPsCD7YOm
— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) February 7, 2019