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The Oregon man who made headlines for saying “Let’s go Brandon” while on a live call with President Joe Biden defended himself in a new interview and asserted that former President Donald Trump should “still be the president right now.”
Former police officer Jared Schmeck told Steve Bannon on his “War Room” podcast that he had made the comment on the Christmas Eve call with the president and first lady Jill Biden “in a joking manner.”
But, Schmeck added, he felt it was also his chance to “voice my disapproval of this man and his administration.”
The 35-year-old father of four sent the left into a collective meltdown when he not only uttered the phrase which has become an understated way of saying “F— Joe Biden,” but that the president repeated it without seeming to understand its meaning.
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Schmeck told Bannon that he felt his right to free speech was under attack with all the ensuing backlash but believed it was a “very serious thing” to be vocal about his view of the Biden administration, and he hit back at reports that he was was not a Trump supporter.
“I am a Christian man. For me, it’s God first and foremost. I don’t follow any one man blindly,” Schmeck, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat during the podcast, said.
“Some of the media’s run with that and said I don’t support Donald Trump. That’s absolutely false, Donald Trump is my president and he should still be the president right now. The election was 100 percent stolen,” he said.
He also emphasized that the “Let’s Go Brandon” phrase was about “more than just ‘F Joe Biden,’” and “encompasses the entirety of our frustration with Joe Biden, the administration, the leftist mob, and the cancel culture,
“The mainstream media, they’re the ones who made this thing,” he contended.
Schmeck also took aim at the many failures of the Biden administration, including vaccine mandates, the supply chain problems, the economy and inflation as well as the disastrous “debacle” that was the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
He told Bannon that the threats he has been receiving at his home and place of work since the call with Biden are “not going to work,” doubling down on the importance of speaking out and saying it’s “too big of a deal” to remain silent.
Following the headlines over the call last week, Schmeck had reiterated that he bore no “animosity” toward Biden.
“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,” he told The Oregonian. “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.”
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