The “let’s go Brandon” chant has gone viral since a video interview in which an NBC journalist used the phrase, and, by now, most people using it realize that it’s a euphemism for an expletive-filled commentary about President Joe Biden.
You can watch videos relating to let’s go Brandon throughout this article, including the original video that provoked it all. It’s led to a slew of memes, GIFs and jokes about “let’s go Brandon” on the internet.
What does “let’s go Brandon” mean? It all started when a reporter for NBC, Kelli Stavast, falsely thought NASCAR fans were chanting “let’s go Brandon” during her interview. They weren’t. They were chanting “f*** Joe Biden,” and now “let’s go Brandon” is a nicer way of saying that phrase.
Someone even fooled a Chicago airport employee into paging passenger “let’s go Brandon” over the intercom.
The phrase has also popped up on a billboard.
One Twitter trend is for people to tweet about something they don’t like and then add the phrase, “let’s go Brandon.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Fans Were Chanting ‘F*** Joe Biden,’ Not ‘Let’s Go Brandon’
Why would the NBC journalist mistakenly think people chanting “f*** Joe Biden” were chanting “let’s go Brandon”? The mistake is easier to understand when you consider that the journalist was interviewing a NASCAR racer by the name of Brandon Brown. Since the crowd was interrupting her interview, she thought the chant was for her interview subject. But it wasn’t. The audience members were making a political statement about their unhappiness with the president.
Now the mistake has stuck, and people are saying “let’s go Brandon” as a nicer, more socially acceptable way of saying “f*** Joe Biden.” They’re also making a commentary of sorts on what they perceive as liberal bias in the news.
The phrase has been making the rounds since the NBC interview with Brown on October 2, 2021.
You Can Watch the Let’s Go Brandon Video Here
The video of the interview went immediately viral, and the memes followed. You can watch the video above. The term trended on Google for days.
“Thank you to all of our partners. Oh my god it’s just such an unbelievable moment,” Brown said in the interview.
“You can hear the chants from the crowd. Let’s go Brandon,” the anchor says in the video.
Brown later weighed in, tweeting, “To all the other Brandons out there, You’re welcome! Let’s go us.”
According to Fox News, NASCAR deleted the video when it became clear what the crowd was really chanting.
The phrase has since popped up throughout pop culture, especially at sporting events and a Trump rally.
According to Fox News, the chant has also surfaced at college football games in the fall of 2021. According to Yahoo.com, the chant was also heard at an Arkansas-Ole Miss game and a Trump rally in Iowa.