- Twitch streamer’s mom, roommate get into brawl during live broadcast Thursday 8:41 PM
- Top NFL draft pick Nick Bosa scrubs racist, homophobic social media activity Thursday 8:18 PM
- Jared Kushner’s ‘comprehensive immigration plan’ is just 2 bullet points Thursday 8:16 PM
- ‘Lil Billie Xanish’ is the deepfake mashup of Billie Eilish and Lil Xan Thursday 5:10 PM
- Gossip account the Shade Room to launch 3 original series on Instagram Thursday 4:46 PM
- Biden says he asked Obama not to endorse him—but people aren’t buying it Thursday 3:17 PM
- Marvel makes more money than Harry Potter and Star Wars combined Thursday 3:13 PM
- ‘Avengers: Endgame’: Obituaries for the fallen heroes Thursday 2:51 PM
- T-Mobile, Verizon admit most Americans won’t see fast 5G Thursday 1:52 PM
- PlayStation Vue is offering a sweet streaming deal for a limited time Thursday 1:42 PM
- Twitter reportedly worried banning white nationalists would also flag some Republicans Thursday 1:31 PM
- Lawyer of cop in viral assault case calls the crime a ‘Facebook misdemeanor’ Thursday 12:33 PM
- Biden’s ‘all men’-focused announcement gets roasted Thursday 11:49 AM
- Skillshare is offering new users one month of premium for free Thursday 10:44 AM
- Report: Facebook is punishing Black people for talking about racism (updated) Thursday 10:15 AM
At exactly 4:27pm ET, the former Florida governor and Republican presidential hopeful tweeted a photo of his new firearm, engraved with his name. With it, a single word: “America.”
Bush—who was, until today, reportedly the only GOP presidential candidate to not own a firearm—implied with his tweet that gun ownership is, at least in part, what it means to be American. In other words, he seems to be saying that America is defined by the Second Amendment’s guarantee of a right to bear arms. It’s a bold statement, one that may win over a few voters in conservative South Carolina, where on Saturday voters will cast their ballots in the state’s Republican primary.
On Twitter, however, it had an entirely different effect. Within minutes, streams erupted with the rapid-fire burst of a meme coming to life. This is more than just mere jokes, however—this is a meditation on the nature of American life itself.
These go on endlessly. From earnest to absurd, it’s clear Americans have a lot to say about what they think America is, what it should be, and what it could become.
Either that, or everyone’s just kind of bored.
Photo via Jeb Bush/Twitter
Andrew Couts is the former editor of Layer 8, a section dedicated to the intersection of the Internet and the state—and the gaps in between. Prior to the Daily Dot, Couts served as features editor and features writer for Digital Trends, associate editor of TheWeek.com, and associate editor at Maxim magazine. When he’s not working, Couts can be found hiking with his German shepherds or blasting around on motorcycles.