Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush came out of a gun factory on Tuesday with his own gun – and a new meme.
Engraved "Gov. Jeb Bush," the gun was given to the former Florida governor on a tour of an FN Manufacturing plant in South Carolina.
And the Internet nearly exploded when Bush's Twitter account posted an image of the gun with a very simple caption: "America."
Users quickly latched onto the tweet's brusque phrasing, tweeting the same caption along with all kinds of images. Many were funny, like one featuring Hulk Hogan playing a star-spangled guitar, but others showed outrage at America's gun culture – Piers Morgan tweeted an image of John Lennon's gun-splattered sunglasses.
"The replies to this tweet have restored my faith in the comedic capacity of the American people #MakeAmericaLOLAgain," MSNBC host Rachel Maddow tweeted.
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Bush trails Donald Trump and several other Republicans in the race for their party's presidential nomination in South Carolina and across the country, but he's trying to push his way back to the front of the pack. He was asked about all the social media storm later Tuesday, but didn't respond to the meme directly.
"We went to a gun manufacturing facility where lots of jobs are created, high wage jobs. And I received a gun and I was honored to have it," he said, according to NBC News.
It's not Bush's first viral moment on the campaign trail. Earlier this month he asked a crowd to "please clap" for his foreign policy vision, a video clip that ended up on "Late Night With Seth Meyers."
Asked in October what he thought about a recent shooting at a university that left 9 dead, Bush said "stuff happens," trying to explain that tragedies don't always prompt important laws. The strong reaction from many, including President Obama, prompted his campaign to say "“It is sad and beyond craven that liberal Democrats, aided and abetted by some in the national media, would dishonestly take Governor Bush’s comments out of context."