When former Florida Governor Jeb Bush tried to connect with voters by tweeting an image of a gun inscribed with his name and the caption "America." on Tuesday, he saw firsthand what happens when a tweet goes viral for the wrong reasons.
America. pic.twitter.com/TeduJkwQF3— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) February 16, 2016
Many Twitter users didn’t buy into the seemingly pro-gun tweet. Users including athletes and celebrities weighed in, some with Star Wars and other pop culture references of their own.
Here’s what five journalists had to say.
True Detective season 3 is going to be a delightful emotional rollercoaster. pic.twitter.com/EjtxuJGJKh— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) February 16, 2016
"JEB!" is the sound it makes when you shoot it. Special modification. https://t.co/GciQv2UHqE— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) February 16, 2016
I might have been a little impressed if the gun had been engraved "Pres. Jeb Bush."— Steve McPherson (@steventurous) February 16, 2016
Belgian gunmaker who manufactured firearm in Jeb Bush’s Twitter photo also made weapons for Nazis - https://t.co/BNwE3FihlT— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) February 17, 2016
This is basically a version of the self-posted picture that ended Anthony Weiner's political career... https://t.co/3P4QQIV2HP— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 16, 2016
The Daily News of New York was one of the media outlets that lampooned the tweet.
Today's front page: @JebBush equates guns with 'America.' https://t.co/LODicRZGGO pic.twitter.com/08rXU7KOR0— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 17, 2016