Jeb Bush's "America" Gun Tweet

Jeb Bush's "America" Gun Tweet

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Updated Oct 26, 2016 at 08:48PM EDT by Brad.

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Jeb Bush's "America" Gun Tweet refers to a photograph of a personalized handgun engraved with the name Jeb Bush that was posted on Twitter by the Republican presidential candidate in mid-February 2016. Shortly after Bush tweeted the image, which was simply accompanied by the word "America," it quickly became a target of Murica-themed parodies and satires on the microblogging platform.

Origin

On February 16th, 2016, Jeb Bush's official Twitter account[1] tweeted out a picture of Jeb Bush's monogrammed handgun, along with a one-word caption reading "America" (shown below). According to the news reports, Bush posted the photograph of his newly engraved .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol after conducting a business tour and town hall meeting at FN America, a firearms manufacturer based in Columbia, South Carolina and the U.S. subsidiary of the Belgian firearms corporation FN Herstal. Within the first 24 hours, the tweet received over 10,000 retweets and 7,000 likes from his supporters and followers on Twitter.


Jeb Bush Φ @JebBush America. Gov. Jeb Bush

Spread

Throughout the afternoon, several celebrities and influential users on Twitter responded to Jeb Bush's tweet with satirical commentaries and parodies, with many people mocking it as an epic failure at social media campaigning while others condemned the former Florida governor for trying to rally up support and pander to pro-gun voters in poor taste.


Desus Nice desusnice Jeb outchere like "pull up if u want donald" Jeb Bush @JebBush America. Greg Howard greghoward88 can't stop laughing at how much of a savage jeb has to be to etch his name on a gun and then tweet its photo to 469k followers plus his mom Mr.Heely @VictorPopeJr Why I just picture Jeb robbing people for their votes at gun point? Jeb Bush@JebBush America.

Parodies

In addition to some of the more genuine commentaries aimed at the Republican presidential candidate's undisguised endorsement of the right to bear arms in the United States, Jeb Bush's "America" tweet also prompted dozens of satires and parodies featuring other controversial and negative stereotypes of the American culture under the one-word slogan "America."


Robinson Meyer @yayitsrob America. Jordan Minor @JordanWMinor .@JebBush America Holly Green @winnersusedrugs i dont know why we're doing this but America
Chip Cheezum @ChipCheezum i think this is america, too SJ j. w. friedman satellitehigh America. Chuck wendig @ChuckWendig America. #ScenesFromJebmerica

News Media Coverage

Jeb Bush's "America" tweet and the social media backlash that ensued thereafter were picked up by virtually all major U.S. news outlets and viral media blogs, including CBS, CNN, TIME, USA Today, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, BuzzFeed and Mashable, as well as other English-language news outlets overseas, such as BBC News, The Telegraph, CBC, ABC Australia and The Daily Mail, among others.

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DON'T DO IT, JEB! YOU STILL HAVE SO MUCH TO LIVE FOR!
You have a beaut-err… a nice… a wife!
You've got a daughter who's… well, the drugs haven't killed her yet!
You've got a guac recipe to die for! I mean literally, no lemons or lime? I'd rather die.

T-THINK OF THE TURTLES, MAN!

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