(CNN) – Heckling. It’s not just a rite of passage for presidential candidates. For some, it’s practically an everyday thing.
But which candidate is best at handling hecklers?
They can be rude, they can be annoying, but who the heck can resist the hecklers, to see how a candidate deals with them.
So it was news when Hillary Clinton first tried to ignore a Republican state representative insistent on bringing up sex issues concerning Bill Clinton, finally prompting Hillary to snap. “You are very rude and I’m not going to ever call on you.”
The same weekend Bernie Sanders was confronted by a sign-waving guy wearing a Trump shirt. “Here’s a Trump supporter worried about Mr. Trump’s money.”
A Sanders supporter retaliated, by giving the heckler the two-handed one-finger salute.
No one gets more practice with hecklers than Donald Trump himself…he’s always saying “Hello, hello” to a heckler. Or waving goodbye.
At one point, Trump was accused of being too rough on a heckler who got shoved around. At other times Trump softened his approach. “You can get him out but don’t hurt him.” He tends to handle hecklers with shrugs, smiles and head shaking.
And once got flak for calling a heckler overweight. “I mention food stamps and that guy who’s seriously overweight went crazy.”
Depending on which candidate you heckle, you could get Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde.
From Jeb Bush asking a heckler to speak up, to Chris Christie saying, “Sit down and shut up.”
Bernie Sanders decided to stand down when black lives matters protesters showed up at his podium, refusing to shake sanders hand. The candidate backed off as an organizer tried to deal.
But do they beat Trump? It’s hard to out-heckle the heckler-in-chief.
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