Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) had an awkward moment in Cedar Rapids on Sunday at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame event when he appeared to expect applause from the audience and didn’t get one.

“We need a president who lives like you live, we need a president that has the grit that you have, and we have a president right now that doesn’t understand the dreams that you have,” Swalwell said. “I will be that president because I have lived that struggle and I know how hard you work and what you expect it to add up to.”

“But I will always be real with you,” Swalwell continued. “I will be bold without the bull.”

Swalwell paused, appearing to expect a round of applause from the audience.

The crowd was totally silent.


Swalwell, who is polling at 0% in the polls, has made his campaign’s primary message that, if elected, he will confiscate semi-automatic firearms from law-abiding Americans.

Senior White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway responded by writing on Twitter: “He literally doesn’t register in these latest #polls, either. A few candidates are at less than 1%. Swalwell is at less than less than 1%”

Many on social media were quick to point out that Swalwell’s awkward moment was similar to Jeb Bush’s “please clap” moment during the 2016 presidential race.

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