‘Let’s Go Brandon’: A Collection of Stories

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The right-wing joke based on a misheard chant has led to several stories from our reporters.

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U.S. President Joe Biden is the subject of the Let's Go Brandon chant that began at a sporting event.
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In the past, the phrase “Let’s Go Brandon” meant little more than cheering on a person of the same name. However, that all changed at the beginning of October 2021. Since that time, it has been spread far and wide as a way for Republican voters and politicians to express their displeasure at U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration.

As the Associated Press reported, it all began at a sporting event over a misheard chant from the crowd:

It 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—- Joe Biden.”

The phrase has since appeared on t-shirts, signs, social media comments, and just about everywhere else. However, it has also appeared in the form of rumors.