Presidential candidates trying to win over voters by appearing approachable can be a tricky business, as the public scrutinizes every move.
Andrew Yang’s staff was well aware of this during a campaign office opening on Tuesday in Manchester, New Hampshire when they attempted to stop the former tech executive from what could have been conceived as an embarrassing and disastrous situation for his candidacy.
“We’re growing and growing. We’re in a peak at the right time,” Yang said to the audience at the office. “When other campaigns are scaling back and shrinking, we are hiring and expanding,” he added as he celebrated by shaking a can of whipped cream and spraying it into a kneeling supporter’s mouth, who was wearing a MATH hat (Make America Think Harder) at the time.
.@AndrewYang ended his Manchester office opening by celebrating with whipped cream pic.twitter.com/Ud8byTiFn4
— Christopher Donato (@chrisdonato04) December 3, 2019
MANCHESTER, NH — Andrew Yang has opened his Manchester field office.
“New Hampshire traditions!” he calls out while doling out shots of whipped cream to volunteers.#nhpolitics #FITN pic.twitter.com/U8izY6riqu
— Nicole Sganga (@NicoleSganga) December 3, 2019
“The office opening is complete!” Yang exclaimed before heading over to another kneeling supporter and began giving him a mouthful of dairy dessert as well.
But this time, his campaign manager quickly jumped in and gently pulled Yang away from the sticky situation.
It was unclear where the can of whipping cream came from and why it was there in the first place, but fans didn’t care as they took to Twitter to let their feelings be known on the candidate’s accidentally risque spectacle.
“This’s the weirdest thing I’ve seen all day. And his campaign manager was thinking the same thing,” one user posted, with another adding, “What’s this? Whip cream shaming?? Lighten up. It’s all good fun unless you’re reading something else into it.”
same energy 💕 pic.twitter.com/b7BDJS0bQk
— ♊︎ ๖it¢h (@sofipneuma) December 3, 2019
I think only his campaign manager had the ability to foresee the disaster gifs & memes that can be created from guys on their knees having their mouths filled w white cream at the dispense of yang.
Pretty sure yang just got punked.
— FL for Bernie 🌹49% ‘Blue No Matter Who’ (@Poli_NewSense) December 4, 2019
But some thought the meme-able moment might hurt the fledgling politician’s chances for the 2020 candidacy as a follower posted, “This is terrible. Yang will go out with a bang. Just not a good one,” with another chiming in, “LOL at all the people dropping in pretending that they think optics don’t matter in a presidential campaign.”
Yang threw his hat into the Democratic candidacy ring in November, 2017, running on several campaign slogans, including “Humanity First,” “Make America Think Harder” (“MATH”), and “Not Left, Not Right, Forward.”
The entrepreneur, philanthropist and lawyer was considered a long shot, but has gained momentum in the polls recently, according to Rolling Stone.
Cringe worthy. pic.twitter.com/FX0kNJ2LnX
— Eric E. Dolecki (@eric_dolecki) December 3, 2019
Wait this is real? Please tell me this is fake… He actually fed supporters whipped cream at an office opening party??? The horror! We should all start pretending he isn’t the best candidate running from here on out! pic.twitter.com/iLkdCSeNzN
— Austin Mann 🧢 (@austinm419) December 4, 2019
Zach looking at the media cameras like pic.twitter.com/tBkpWJ7MWm
— Alan Kern (@Kern_Alan) December 4, 2019
I don’t understand. There is a different way to eat whipped cream?
— JW 🧢 (@JW80088277) December 4, 2019
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