President Joe Biden told a caller “Let’s go, Brandon” on Friday, repeating back to the man a line that’s become a shrouded insult aimed at the President.
To celebrate the NORAD Santa Tracker, the President and First Lady Jill Biden were fielding phone calls from children on Christmas Eve when one father called in on behalf of his young children.
The Oregon man and father of four, who identified himself as Jared, shared a jovial conversation with the First Family. Jared’s son, Griffin, told the Bidens he wanted a piano, and another son, Hunter, said he wanted a Nintendo Switch.
However, the talk turned much less jolly after the First Couple wished Jared and his family a merry Christmas.
“I hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas as well. Merry Christmas, and let’s go, Brandon,” Jared said.
“Let’s go, Brandon, I agree,” Biden responded, apparently missing the sleight.
He then attempted to ask Jared whether he lived in Oregon, but Jared had apparently hung up already.
“Where’s your home,” Biden pried further after a brief pause.
“Let’s go, Brandon” has become a conservative dig at the Democratic President, a code meaning “F**k Joe Biden.”
The chant 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 an NBC Sports reporter. The crowd behind him was chanting something at first difficult to make out. The reporter suggested they were chanting “Let’s go, Brandon” to cheer the driver. But it became increasingly clear they were saying: “F**k Joe Biden.”
Since then, the chant has surfaced in the national narrative periodically.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has embraced the cheer, at times referring to the Biden administration as the Brandon administration. The Republican Governor has also taken the chant to imply a jab at the media, who he accuses of trying to cover for the Biden administration.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.