The Republican presidential candidate, who's currently trailing in the polls, posted a photo of a gun inscribed with his name, and the caption "America,” to his Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts on Tuesday.
America. pic.twitter.com/TeduJkwQF3 — Jeb Bush (@JebBush) February 16, 2016
The reaction was swift, widespread and met with mockery, with many individuals on Twitter pointing to the problem with gun violence in America.
Delete your account. https://t.co/UT19AT3Qyg — Edward Snowden (@Snowden) February 16, 2016
America. @JebBushpic.twitter.com/qQCZVdA6ja — Jerry White (@BostonJerry) February 16, 2016
.@JebBush wants you to know that he carries a gun and it represents America. Here's the problem with that, Jeb: pic.twitter.com/inBR91xRf9 — steve rosenberger (@stvrsnbrgr) February 16, 2016
Overseas, many used the "America" tweet as inspiration, tweeting out photos of other objects that they believe best represent other countries around the world.
Bavaria. @JebBushpic.twitter.com/Qevief7i3Z — BR24 (@BR24) February 17, 2016
.@JebBush The United Kingdom pic.twitter.com/2vCH7ZVPXj — Joe Lycett (@joelycett) February 17, 2016
.@JebBush Argentina pic.twitter.com/qGH4uBYZtv — Opy (@OpyMorales) February 16, 2016
.@JebBush Transilvania. pic.twitter.com/7LKsGc1HAV — Super Falete (@SuperFalete) February 16, 2016
Netherlands @JebBushpic.twitter.com/ku6MsJQCMZ — Herman vd Werfhorst (@HermanWerfhorst) February 17, 2016
Canadians also got in on the action, tweeting photos of Tim Hortons coffee, hockey sticks and mounds of snow to represent the America's neighbours to the north.
Thank you. :) pic.twitter.com/x2zQ103Ikn — Kyle Edwards (@KTEPhoto) February 17, 2016
@JebBush meanwhile in Canada pic.twitter.com/7A9NtqhYAd — Bob Richardson (@Rb_richardson) February 17, 2016
@JebBush Canada pic.twitter.com/mdHfYzgJNf — AXM (@axm27) February 17, 2016
— Secularge (@secularge) February 17, 2016
@JebBush Canada. pic.twitter.com/qL1rOWIZ6T — Marshie (@interestingnser) February 17, 2016
.@JebBush Canada. pic.twitter.com/rWOJRUsvse — Jeremy Smith (@CaptainPunch) February 17, 2016
#Canada@jebbushpic.twitter.com/F5hzGx2cGG — RyanHarperCFA (@RyanHarperCFA) February 17, 2016
@rickygervais@JebBush Canada pic.twitter.com/SSDsF0LvWx— Cedrik Jones (@cedrikjones) February 16, 2016
Bush has yet to respond to the controversial tweet, which has been retweeted nearly 22,000 times since Tuesday.
In comparison, many of Bush’s other tweets typically generate between 50 and 150 retweets.