Man Whose Call Made Biden Agree with ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Gets Threats
The Oregon father who added “Let’s go Brandon” at the end of a live-streamed Christmas Eve phone conversation with Joe Biden said he is now being “attacked” for “utilizing freedom of speech.” He claims it was meant as a joke.
While noting that he “stood 100% behind what I did and what I said,” Jared Schmeck, a 35-year-old former police officer, said he has been receiving “vague but threatening” phone calls after video clips of the conversation were widely reported and shared.
“At the end of the day, I have nothing against Mr. Biden,” Schmeck told The Oregonian newspaper on Saturday. The father of four said he was just voicing his “frustrations” and meant “no disrespect” toward Biden, who he termed a “cordial guy” that “can be doing a better job.”
The phone chat occurred on Friday during the White House’s annual phone-in with the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) Santa tracker. It drew wider media attention after Biden responded to the mocking dig by saying “Let’s go, Brandon, I agree.”