How does Jeb do this? I can certainly understand a bit of a fish tale and making things sound good. But to say you won an award that doesn’t exist? Jeb has always received criticism that he really isn’t conservative. Telling lies like this would certainly be a liberal value.
Jeb never stood a snowballs chance. He was pushed up by the media because they believed he would have been easy for Hillary to defeat with the Bush name. This will probably be just another nail in his political coffin.
Check it out:
Oops! Jeb’s campaign admits he was never made ‘NRA statesman of the year’ – or given a gun by Charlton Heston.
- Former Florida governor had claimed to receive National Rifle Association’s top annual award in 2003
- BUT the NRA has no such award
- Bush was keynote speaker at the group’s annual meeting in Orlando
- Campaign spokesman says GOP presidential hopeful mixed up events unintentionally
- For more of the latest on Jeb Bush visit www.dailymail.co.uk/jeb
Jeb Bush’s still-sputtering presidential campaign was forced to retract an embarrassing mistake by the former governor on Monday, saying Bush was ‘mistaken’ that he had received a ‘statesman of the year’ award from the National Rifle Association.
The NRA, the nation’s most powerful gun lobby, has no such award although Bush has told the story multiple times on social media and on the campaign trail. He once referred to himself in a now-deleted Twitter post as ‘former NRA statesman of the year.’
The former governor did speak at the group’s annual meeting in Orlando in 2003 – but his campaign also had to retract Bush’s claim that he was given a rifle by then-NRA president Charlton Heston at that 2003 event.
‘In recounting the story, Jeb was mistaken and conflated multiple events unintentionally. Heston met with Jeb at that NRA convention and was the head of the NRA at the time, but it was Kayne Robinson who presented Jeb with the rifle for being keynote speaker,” a spokesman said.
The campaign’s backtrack was first reported by BuzzFeed News, which also reported that Heston was originally scheduled to award Bush with an antique rifle – a traditional gift to the group’s keynote speakers – but left the convention early although he and Bush did meet.
Kanye Robinson replaced Heston as the new NRA president after the movie star was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
The NRA does rate the voting records of politicians on Second Amendment issues, but does not have a ‘statesman of the year’ award, BuzzFeed noted, although the former governor does have a lifetime A+ rating from the group.
Bush made the erroneous claims about the award and the rifle at multiple campaign stops this year, including this past weekend on Fox News Sunday.
Continue reading: Daily Mail
Sometimes it’s good to give people the benefit of the doubt, but the facts are:
Jeb was the keynote speaker for the NRA in 2003 in Orlando, Florida.
Jeb was scheduled to receive a flintlock rifle from Charlton Heston, an honor as a keynote speaker, but Heston had to leave the event.
Jeb was NOT a NRA ‘Statesman of the Year’. There is NO such award.
Maybe it’s time for Jeb to lay down, take some Ginkgo and rest. Lights out.
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