Election 2016

How Jeb Bush's Last-Ditch Effort to Look Tough Totally Backfired

The GOP presidential candidate tweeted a photo of his gun, made by a company that also made weapons for Nazis.

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The gunmaker Jeb Bush used to highlight “America” on Twitter on Tuesday actually manufactured weapons for Germany’s Nazi forces during World War II, the Washington Post reported.

The handgun was made by FN America, a subsidiary of the Belgian-based corporation FN Herstal. During the war, the Post noted, the company made “thousands of weapons” for Axis fighters, including pistols that were used by Nazi officers and pilots. The company — then known as Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre — also made a weapon used by Allied troops during the conflict.

   

The gun’s origins came shortly after the former Florida governor was jeered online after he posted a picture of it with his name engraved, alongside the caption, “America,” as seen below:

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The responses ranged from criticism to outright mockery, as seen here:

 

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Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. His work has appeared on GlobalComment.com, the Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt.