I Don’t Care About Brandon
A viral slogan seems to have been adopted by opponents of President Joe Biden, which has in turn horrified some liberals: “let’s go Brandon.”
Long story short, some people in the crowd at a NASCAR race were chanting “fuck Joe Biden” in the background of a television interview with driver Brandon Brown. Instead of just ignoring it or cutting away, the awkward commentators attempted to cover it up by claiming the crowd was chanting “let’s go Brandon.”
Naturally, in a world of social and partisan media, this went viral and took on a life of its own. Chanting “let’s go Brandon” is now a not-so-secret, but less vulgar way to say “fuck Joe Biden.”
It’s been repeated by people on the internet, chanted in the streets, at sporting events and political rallies, put on banners and pulled behind airplanes. In a sign that it might not last, it was even embraced by the most uncool of the Republican establishment, namely Senators Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell, in comically desperate attempts to show how connected they are to their base.
Right on schedule, cue some outraged liberals, clutching their pearls, shocked that these Republicans would be so vulgar.
However, I also consider myself to be a liberal. I voted for President Biden, and I have to say — I don’t care if someone says “fuck Joe Biden,” in any way they want to say it.
On what moral standing do I have to judge?
I’ve said “fuck Dick Cheney,” “fuck Trump,” and “fuck Mike Pence,” more than a few times when feeling disheartened about the War in Iraq, Trump’s racism and bungling of the COVID-19 crisis, and Pence’s creepy homophobia. I’ve associated with people who have said similar. They’ve been friends, family members, musicians and artists.
I’ve nodded and chuckled when seeing stickers with these vulgar slogans, stuck on random objects everywhere from cities like Washington, Richmond, Memphis and Little Rock to small towns, such as Fredericksburg, Virginia.