This was weird.
Former Governor of Florida and failed presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Thursday received major backlash after he posted a bizarre tweet about past US presidents who have died on July 4th.
“Three Presidents Die on July 4th: Just a Coincidence?” Jeb Bush tweeted linking to an article to the Constitution Center.
Via the Constitution Center:
It is a fact of American history that three of the five Founding Father Presidents died on the Independence Day anniversary. But was it just a coincidence?
It is a fact of American history that three Founding Father Presidents—John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe—died on July 4, the Independence Day anniversary. But was it just a coincidence?
On July 4, 1831, James Monroe, the fifth President, died at the age of 73 at his son-in-law’s home in New York City. Monroe had been ill for some time and newspapers had reported on Monroe’s illness before his passing.
Local and national newspapers were also quick to report after Monroe’s death that they thought his July 4 passing was a “remarkable” coincidence, at the least, since Thomas Jefferson and John Adams had both also died on July 4, 1826 – the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
While this is a fascinating historical fact about our Founding Fathers, many people thought Jeb Bush’s tweet was sending a sinister message.