Jared Schmeck, the Oregon father who said “Let’s Go Brandon” to President Biden during a public holiday phone call, now says it was just an innocent joke.

During the annual White House NORAD Santa-tracking phone call, Schmeck pronounced to the President and First Lady, “Merry Christmas, and let’s go Brandon!” The phrase has become a sarcastic and thinly disguised insult used to express dissatisfaction with Joe Biden; a right-wing euphemism for “F*ck Joe Biden.”

Biden, seemingly caught off-guard, replied “Let’s go Brandon, I agree.”

Schmeck, a former police officer now working for an electric company, told the Oregonian, “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.” During several recent interviews, he has described himself as a “Christian man” and he loves “God first and foremost.”

The father of four told reporters, “I stand 100% behind what I did and what I said.” He added that his is not happy about Biden’s policies which are leading to inflation. He also denied being a supporter of former President Donald Trump.

“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. He seems likes he’s a cordial guy,” Schmeck continued. “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.”

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Schmeck also says that ever since his prank went viral, he’s been “getting attacked for utilizing my freedom of speech.” He claims that he has been receiving threatening phone calls from anonymous people unhappy with his comments.

Over the last few days, Schmeck has been heralded by right-leaning media outlets like Breitbart, while being viciously vilified throughout the vast mainstream (left-wing) media.

This piece was written by Steve T on December 27, 2021. It originally appeared in Objectivist.co and is used by permission.

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