The phrase “Let’s go, Brandon” has become increasingly popular among those who want to show their displeasure with President Joe Biden. However, an Oregon man who recently used it has found himself under attack.
According to the Washington Examiner, a 35-year-old father of four, Jared Schmeck, made headlines last week when he called in to a live event featuring the president and repeated the popular and hilarious phrase, which immediately triggered Biden’s supporters.
Receiving threats already
Fox News noted that Schmeck concluded his call with the president by uttering the phrase — words that the president then repeated back to him apparently without understanding the significance.
“Let’s go, Brandon” first rose to prominence earlier this year following a NASCAR Xfinity Series race held at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway.
When much of the audience began chanting “F*** Joe Biden,” an NBC reporter told viewers that the fans were saying “Let’s go, Brandon” in a show of support for winning driver Brandon Brown.
Since then, the expression has appeared on clothing and been used in a variety of settings, including on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Just a joke?
“At the end of the day, I have nothing against Mr. Biden, but I am frustrated because I think he can be doing a better job,” Schmeck told The Oregonian on Christmas. “I mean no disrespect to him.”
“I understand there is a vulgar meaning to ‘Let’s go, Brandon,’ but I’m not that simple-minded, no matter how I feel about him,” the family man continued.
Schmeck added: “He seems likes he’s a cordial guy. There’s no animosity or anything like that. It was merely just an innocent jest to also express my God-given right to express my frustrations in a joking manner … I love him just like I love any other brother or sister.”
Still, Schmeck says that hasn’t stopped people from targeting him over his Christmas Eve call, with some people even going as far as sending threatening messages.
What’s more, Schmeck’s words have become a target for criticism from public officials, including Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell.
“I refuse to believe we are this indecent as people. Not on Christmas Eve. And not to a person who lost his wife and daughter at Christmastime. We are better than this. Be kind and #MerryChristmas,” Swalwell tweeted.