The White House is claiming they are unfamiliar with anti-Joe Biden chants, such as the blunt and ever-popular “F*** Joe Biden” chant, and the more recent “Let’s Go Brandon” meme. The latter went viral following a recent NASCAR race, where an NBC reporter claimed fans were cheering on the race winner, Brandon Brown, when they were actually chanting “F*** Joe Biden.”
“Administration officials sought to downplay the phenomenon, and at least one claimed to be unfamiliar with the ‘Let’s go Brandon’ chant or its cruder cousin, though they are now chanted everywhere from football stadiums to concert arenas to local bars,” The Washington Post reported Saturday.
White House spokesman Andrew Bates claimed, “I had never heard of that chant until you explained it to me.”
Mocking the anti-Biden sentiment as fringe, Bates added, “I guess I’m not spending enough time on 8chan or whatever.”
Reacting to the White House denial, Donald Trump Jr. posted a screencap of the Post article and snarked via Instagram, “If they’re not familiar, let’s keep it going until they are.”
Of course, even the Post has conceded that President Joe Biden himself has addressed the phenomenon.
For example, as reported by The Daily Wire, an irritated POTUS reacted to hundreds of anti-Biden protesters and “F*** Joe Biden” signs and chants during a visit to Michigan on October 5:
An irritated President Joe Biden on Tuesday evening reacted to his chilly reception in Michigan, boasting to his hundreds of protesters — many holding “f*** Joe Biden” signs — that he won the 2020 election with a record 81 millions votes.
“They said it was time to build an economy that looks out from Scranton, Pennsylvania — where I grew up as a kid — instead of looking down from Wall Street. Notwithstanding some of the signs I saw coming in … that’s why 81 million Americans voted for me,” Biden said, emphasizing that he has a mandate to implement his “Build Back Better” agenda. … “The largest number of votes in American history — a clear majority!”
Notably, the Post article displays ample handwringing over the “harsh” animus toward Biden, linking it to the “norm-breaking and vulgarity of the Trump era” and adding that Biden pushback is “on another level” and “far more vulgar and widespread”:
Yet the anger also demonstrates how a political party or cause often needs an enemy, a target of vilification that can unite its adherents — and, in this case, one refracted through the harshness, norm-breaking and vulgarity of the Trump era. … The current eruption of anti-Biden signs and chants, however, is on another level, far more vulgar and widespread.
This article has been revised for clarity.
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