New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio responded to Jeb Bush’s controversial gun tweet by posting an image of a Jewish deli sandwich captioned “America.”
America. pic.twitter.com/211oQK5qeU— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) February 17, 2016
The image in Bush’s tweet, posted Tuesday, was of a handgun engraved with the words “Gov. Jeb Bush,” also with the caption “America.” The tweets highlight the two politicians’ very different views of their country.
Bush, a former Florida governor, was widely mocked online, and The New York Daily News called him “Dolt .45” on its cover Wednesday morning.
De Blasio’s response was conceived by his spokesman, Peter Kadushin, after the mayor attended an event celebrating the reopening of Carnegie Deli, according to The New York Times. The famed Jewish deli had been closed from last June until earlier this month after its owner, Marian Levine, was fined for stealing gas for cooking and heating for over six years.
“The mayor and I talked, and agreed that America could use more pastrami sandwiches and less firearms,” Kadushin told The Times.
The tweet was liked nearly 1,300 times and generally well received.
@BilldeBlasio@chrislhayes@JebBush A gift from the Jews.— Jane Eisner (@Jane_Eisner) February 17, 2016
A New York Health Department spokesman cautioned in jest that the sandwich’s high sodium content makes it something to be eaten “in moderation.”
De Blasio’s jab comes in the wake of the recent discussion about “New York values” — a phrase used by GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to criticize his opponent Donald Trump at a debate last month. Some saw Cruz’s remark as coded anti-Semitism.