Jared Schmeck, who is an electrician and a father of four from Oregon, faced backlash on social media after he told U.S. President Joe Biden “Let’s Go Brandon” during the annual White House NORAD Santa-tracking phone call on Friday.
Who is Jared Schmeck? Rogue Valley man tells Biden Let’s Go Brandon during Christmas Eve call:
Jared Schmeck used to work for the Medford Police Department, made the back-handed vulgar remark to Joe Biden on Christmas Eve.
A Rogue Valley man was seen on social media as the one who made indirect derogatory comments to President Joe Biden during a White House Christmas Eve event.
CALLER: "Merry Christmas and Lets Go Brandon:"
BIDEN: "Lets Go Brandon, I agree" pic.twitter.com/K8PpzceB3K
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) December 24, 2021
The individual, named Jared Schmeck, posted a YouTube video of himself holding his iPhone as he talks to the president and first lady.
The 35-year-old who works for an electric company was previously working as a Medford police officer for six years before resigning in 2018.
The department did not immediately respond to calls and texts from the Mail Tribune on Saturday. Schmeck was found through an online search; a companion reportedly picked up the phone and said he was enjoying Christmas with the family — and would decline phone calls on the matter even after the holiday.
But that was after Schmeck spoke to the Portland-based newspaper, in which he sheds light on his thinking.
For one thing, Schmeck wasn’t even aware he would be recorded live with the president. But nonetheless, he was unapologetic. Schmeck called his comments a “joke” and meant “no disrespect” as a “free-thinking American and follower of Jesus Christ.”
“I understand there is a vulgar meaning to ‘Let’s go, Brandon,’ but I’m not that simple-minded, no matter how I feel about him,” Schmeck said.
He also said,
“He seems likes he’s a cordial guy. There’s no animosity or anything like that. It was merely just an innocent jest to also express my God-given right to express my frustrations in a joking manner … I love him just like I love any other brother or sister.”
Schmeck would not say why he left the Medford Police Department three years ago.
In a live event from Washington, D.C. on Dec. 24, Joe and Jill Biden took calls from families asking them what they wanted for Christmas with the help of NORAD, the North American Aerospace Command, which has had a “NORAD Tracks Santa” program for more than 60 years.
During the exchange, the first family is patched into “Jared from Oregon.” The family exchanges pleasantries with Schmeck and his children, who tell the Bidens what they want for Christmas.
A video clip showing the exchange between the U.S. President and Schmeck has also surfaced on social media. Biden, who is sitting with Jill Biden, is heard telling the caller, “I hope you have wonderful Christmas.
To which Schmeck responded:
“I hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas, as well. Merry Christmas and let’s go, Brandon.”
The first lady laughed and gave an uneasy look, while the president responded without missing a beat, “Let’s go, Brandon, I agree.” He then asks Schmeck where he is from in Oregon, but the call is not completed.
The line “Let’s Go, Brandon” 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 a reporter as the crowd chanted.
The reporter misheard the message as, “Let’s go, Brandon” to cheer Brown. But it became increasingly clear they were saying: “F— Joe Biden.”
Since then, “Let’s go, Brandon” has been a line used ever since by some conservatives – including members of Congress — as a way of saying to the president: “F— Joe Biden.”
On social media Christmas Day, his video was attracting a lot of comments, with some people condemning him and others offering praise.
“You guys are giving this guy all the attention he was hoping for,” said Facebook user John Burke.
Facebook user Kirk Cullum criticized Biden supporters.
“Lol, this is hilarious,” he wrote. “Poor triggered liberals. They feel so helpless to do anything about this. Classic.”
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Twitter Users Reactions on Schmeck:
One person said,
#JaredSchmeck is #JaredSchmuck -a disgrace to the state of Oregon. Freedom of Speech allows the rest of us to point out that you were rude and disrespectful to the president and that your poor kids will have to live with the embarrassment of your actions for the rest of their lives.
So #JaredSchmeck said, “I understand there is a vulgar meaning to ‘Let’s go, Brandon,’ but I’m not that simple-minded, no matter how I feel about him.”
And now he’s upset that he’s “being attacked” for saying something vulgar to President Biden.
Lol sounds like consequences.
Instead of focusing on Xmas joy for your kids and the peace and harmony that brings us together, you focused selfishly on your own ego and your hate. Way to show the world the opposite of being Christian, Jared. #JaredSchmeck