Following a visit to a gun manufacturer in South Carolina on Tuesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday tweeted an image of a gun engraved with his name and the caption “America,” inviting mockery on Twitter.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) February 16, 2016
Twitter users followed suit with their own images of “America.”
— Mashable (@mashable) February 16, 2016
— Robert Bryan (@rbmnjd) February 16, 2016
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) February 16, 2016
— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) February 16, 2016
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) February 17, 2016
— ben™ (@benicus_rex) February 16, 2016
— Mariya Alexander (@MariyaAlexander) February 16, 2016
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) February 16, 2016
— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) February 16, 2016
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) February 16, 2016
i dont know why we’re doing this but
— Holly Green (@winnersusedrugs) February 16, 2016
— Mark Takano (@RepMarkTakano) February 16, 2016
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) February 16, 2016
Delete your account. https://t.co/UT19AT3Qyg
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) February 16, 2016
Bush’s campaign called on CBS News to apologize after a reporter described some of the mockery aloud on air.
“There were some people who were supportive, but many said, ‘Your campaign is dying. Please, Governor Bush, don’t take your own life.’ Only in jest, but it shows you how painful things have become for Bush here in South Carolina,” CBS’ Major Garrett said on air, according to a clip recorded by Mediaite.
Kristy Campbell, a spokeswoman for Bush, told CNN on Tuesday that CBS “should apologize.”
“In addition to the mainstream-media’s total lack of understanding when it comes to gun rights and gun culture, it is absolutely inexcusable to make light of suicide,” Campbell said.