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Oregon caller in Biden defends ‘let’s go, Brandon’ remark, claims he’s now receiving threats: report

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Oregon caller in Biden defends ‘let’s go, Brandon’ remark, claims he’s now receiving threats: report

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A caller from Oregon who tagged “Let’s go, Brandon” at the end of his Christmas Eve phone conversation with President Biden last week, now says he’s “under attack” for what he says. claims to be a “joke”.

“And now I’m under attack for using my free speech,” Jared Schmeck, 35, a former Medford police officer, told The Oregonian newspaper on Saturday.

Schmeck said he received vague but threatening phone calls after his call to Biden on Friday was broadcast live and reported in media.

“I am under attack for using my freedom of expression.”

– Jared Schmeck, interlocutor of President Biden

“I understand there is a vulgar meaning in ‘Let’s go, Brandon’, but I’m not that simple-minded no matter how I feel about him,” Schmeck told the outlet.


The live-broadcast call caught media attention in part because Biden replied, “‘Let’s go, Brandon’, I agree,” although the phrase was used by critics of the president to to make fun of him.

But Schmeck, a father of four, said on Saturday he had no resentment towards the president, even though he believes Biden “can do a better job.”

President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden confer with the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Via teleconference in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus in Washington, Friday, December 24, 2021.
(Associated press)

“He seems like a cordial guy,” Schmeck said, referring to the president. “There’s no animosity or anything like that. It was just an innocent joke to also express my divine right to joke about my frustrations.… I love him as I love any brother or sister. sister.”

Schmeck added that he “was 100% behind what I did and what I said,” according to the newspaper.

“At the end of the day, I have nothing against Mr. Biden,” Schmeck said in the same interview with The Oregonian, “but I’m frustrated because I think he can do a better job. disrespect him. “

“At the end of the day, I have nothing against Mr. Biden, but I’m frustrated because I think he can do a better job.”

– Jared Schmeck, interlocutor of President Biden

Despite his criticism of Biden, Schmeck told the newspaper that he did not consider himself a “Trumper” but rather a “free-thinker American and follower of Jesus Christ.”

Schmeck said he and his family were following their Friday tradition of calling the NORAD Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve, and were unaware the call would be broadcast live.

A voice on the other end of the phone said First Lady Jill Biden would accept calls, but Schmeck said he assumed it would be a recording of the First Lady, not a call live phone calls, according to The Oregonian.

Then, when the president and the first lady started talking with the family, Biden was interested to learn that one of Schmeck’s sons was called Hunter, the same name as the president’s son.

The Bidens and Schmecks then discussed the items the Schmeck children hoped to receive for Christmas, Schmeck adding that he himself hoped for “a quiet night”.

“Very lucky, dad,” the president replied, eliciting laughter from the group.

At the end of the call, Jill Biden wished the Oregon family a Merry Christmas and Jared Schmeck responded, “Hope you have a wonderful Christmas too. Merry Christmas and let’s go, Brandon!”

Shortly after, Schmeck’s wife posted an Instagram post, according to The Oregonian.

“My husband just said or not to Joe and Jill Biden ‘Come on Brandon’ on the phone,” the post said, with two crying emojis added.

Additionally, the newspaper reported, Schmeck also posted a video of their conversation with the Bidens on his YouTube channel, with the caption: “We spoke to President Joe Biden on Christmas Eve! #Letsgobrandon”

It is not known whether Schmeck contacted law enforcement regarding his allegations of threatening calls.


The Oregon man said he resigned from the Medford Police Force in 2018, but declined to explain why, the newspaper reported. He now works for an electric company, according to the newspaper.

“Come on, Brandon” began as a flawed report from an NBC Sports reporter about a crowd singing in a NASCAR race won by driver Brandon Brown. The crowd was actually saying “F — Joe Biden”.

Brown recently told the Sports Business Journal that he has struggled to make any corporate sponsorship deals because of the phrase.

Brown also wrote an op-ed in Newsweek last week saying he preferred to stay focused on auto racing, not politics.

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