January 26, 2022

‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Dad Jared Schmeck Runs to Bannon, Says ‘Election Was 100% Stolen’

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The Oregon father of four who quickly rose to infamy by blurting out “Let’s Go Brandon” throughout a Christmas Eve name with President Joe Biden is—in fact—now totally leaning into his newfound right-wing superstar standing.

Jared Schmeck on Monday donned a crimson MAGA hat and embraced election denialism throughout an look on former Trump strategist Steve Bannon’s insurrectionist podcast.

Whereas taking calls from the NORAD “Santa tracker,” the president and First Woman Jill Biden have been linked with Schmeck, a 35-year-old ex-cop now working for an electrical firm. After a reasonably nice chat that includes the Bidens asking what his youngsters wished for Christmas, Schmeck ended the decision by giddily exclaiming “Let’s Go Brandon,” a well-liked right-wing euphemism for “Fuck Joe Biden.”

As soon as the second went viral on social media and sparked outrage, nonetheless, Schmeck claimed to a local Oregon newspaper that he meant “no disrespect” and that it was merely a “joke.” On the identical time, he mentioned he was “being attacked for using my freedom of speech” and had acquired some vaguely threatening cellphone calls.

“I perceive there’s a vulgar which means to ‘Let’s go, Brandon,’ however I’m not that simple-minded, regardless of how I really feel about him,” Schmeck told The Oregonian on Christmas Day. “He appears likes he’s a cordial man. There’s no animosity or something like that. It was merely simply an harmless jest to additionally specific my God-given proper to precise my frustrations in a joking method… I like him identical to I like every other brother or sister.”

Two days after saying lylab to Biden and that there was “no animosity” in direction of him, Schmeck popped up on War Room Pandemic, the far-right podcast hosted by Bannon, the one-time Breitbart chief recently hit with contempt charges for ignoring a subpoena from the Home committee probing the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. As somebody who has vowed to take down “the Biden regime,” Bannon is likely one of the most distinguished peddlers of 2020 election lies.

Sporting a crimson “Make America Nice Once more” baseball cap, Schmeck first mentioned he and his household “had a extremely good giggle” over his use of the phrase. Nevertheless, whereas asserting he mentioned it “in a joking method,” Schmeck added that it was his probability to “voice my disapproval of this man and his administration.”

Reiterating what he’s advised different media retailers—that he’s a “Christian man” and he loves “God at the beginning”—Schmeck additionally claimed that he doesn’t “observe anybody man blindly.”

On the identical time, the Oregon dad took situation with any reviews claiming he isn’t a Donald Trump supporter, though he said he’s not a “Trumper” throughout his Oregonian interview. “That is completely false,” Schmeck advised Bannon. “Donald Trump is my president, and he ought to nonetheless be president proper now.”

Expressing his loyalty to the twice-impeached ex-president, the ex-cop then parroted Trump’s baseless and false claims about final 12 months’s presidential election.

“The election was 100% stolen,” he declared. “So, I simply wish to make that clear.”

Schmeck then proclaimed that the usage of the not-so-inside joke was a option to air numerous frequent right-wing grievances in a single fell swoop.

“‘Let’s Go Brandon’ is extra than simply ‘F Joe Biden.’ ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ encompasses the whole thing of our frustration with Joe Biden, the administration, the leftist mob, the cancel tradition, the mainstream media,” he insisted. “They’re those who made this a factor.”

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