Rogue Valley man tells Biden ‘Let’s go, Brandon’ during Christmas Eve call
A Rogue Valley man was seen on social media as the one who made indirect derogatory comments to President Joe Biden during a White House Christmas Eve event.
The individual, named Jared Schmeck, of Central Point, posted a YouTube video of himself holding his iPhone as he talks to the president and first lady.
The Oregonian first reported the news that it was him, stating that Schmeck is now an electrician and worked as a Medford Police Department officer for six years before resigning in 2018.
The department did not immediately respond to calls and texts from the Mail Tribune on Saturday. Schmeck was found through an online search; a companion reportedly picked up the phone and said he was enjoying Christmas with the family — and would decline phone calls on the matter even after the holiday.
But that was after Schmeck spoke to the Portland-based newspaper, in which he sheds light on his thinking.
For one thing, Schmeck wasn’t even aware he would be recorded live with the president. But nonetheless, he was unapologetic. Schmeck called his comments a “joke” and meant “no disrespect” as a “free-thinking American and follower of Jesus Christ.”
“I understand there is a vulgar meaning to ‘Lets go Brandon,’ but I’m not that simple minded, no matter how I feel about him,” Schmeck said. “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.”
Schmeck would not say why he left the Medford Police Department three years ago.
In a live event from Washington, D.C. on Dec. 24, Joe and Jill Biden took calls from families asking them what they wanted for Christmas with the help of NORAD, the North American Aerospace Command, which has had a “NORAD Tracks Santa” program for more than 60 years.
During the exchange, the first family is patched into “Jared from Oregon.” The family exchanges pleasantries with Schmeck and his children, who tell the Bidens what they want for Christmas.
The call begins to wrap up when Biden tells Schmeck’s children to be in bed by a certain time for Santa. He then wishes the family a “wonderful Christmas.”
To which Schmeck responded: “I hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas, as well. Merry Christmas and let’s go, Brandon.”
The first lady laughed and gave an uneasy look, while the president responded without missing a beat, “Let’s go, Brandon, I agree.” He then asks Schmeck where he is from in Oregon, but the call is not completed.
The line “Let’s Go, Brandon” started at an Oct. 2 NASCAR race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Brandon Brown, a 28-year-old driver, had won his first Xfinity Series and was being interviewed by a reporter as the crowd chanted. The reporter misheard the message as, “Let’s go, Brandon” to cheer Brown. But it became increasingly clear they were saying: “F--- Joe Biden.”
Since then, “Let’s go, Brandon” has been a line used ever since by some conservatives – including members of Congress — as a way of saying to the president: “F--- Joe Biden.”
On social media Christmas Day, his video was attracting a lot of comments, with some people condemning him and others offering praise.
“You guys are giving this guy all the attention he was hoping for,” said Facebook user John Burke.
Facebook user Kirk Cullum criticized Biden supporters.
“Lol, this is hilarious,” he wrote. “Poor triggered liberals. They feel so helpless to do anything about this. Classic.”