And, not only did he get this NRA award, he was actually crowned Miss Universe
Jeb Bush “conflated” a story about receiving the National Rifle Association’s “Statesman of the Year” award from former NRA President Charlton Heston, his campaign said Monday.
The Republican presidential candidate has falsely claimed numerous times that he received a rifle from Heston when honored as the NRA’s “Statesman of the Year” in 2003.
“You know who you’re lookin’ at here? You’re looking at the guy who won the NRA Statesman of the Year award,” Mr. Bush said last month at a town hall in Milford, New Hampshire, CNN reported. “Not the Florida award. The national award. And I got a rifle from Charlton Heston, I got a rifle from Moses.”
According to BuzzFeed News, no such award by the NRA exists. Mr. Bushwas a keynote speaker during the NRA’s annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, in 2003, but there is no evidence to suggest he received any award. His campaign contacted BuzzFeed on Monday, admitting that Mr. Bush “conflated” the story. (emphasis mine)
“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,” Tim Miller, communications director for Mr. Bush’s campaign, said in a statement.
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Jeb, for the love of God, drop out now before you embarrass yourself even more!