It is at the top of the iTunes charts.
JUST IN – Two songs from “Let’s Go Brandon” now top the iTunes charts in the US (PopVortex) pic.twitter.com/0g6pOk9YBh
– Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) October 26, 2021
It is prevalent in college football games, NFL games, NASCAR, and the World Series, even in states that have opted for Joe bidenJoe Biden Biden Administration Targets Methane Emissions McConnell Criticizes Possible Payments to Separated Migrant Families Poll: 50 percent of Republicans don’t think their vote is accurately counted MORE in the 2020 presidential election.
– Manchester Chronicle (@WithyGrove) October 31, 2021
– Grabien (@GrabienMedia) November 1, 2021
“Come on Brandon!” started exactly a month ago at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, courtesy of an NBC Sports reporter who was interviewing driver Brandon Brown after he won his first Xfinity Series race. A crowd behind Brown was yelling “F *** Joe Biden.” The reporter claimed that the crowd was actually yelling “Come on, Brandon.” And, thanks to social media, it quickly went viral.
– TV News Now (@TVNewsNow) October 3, 2021
Now it seems that wherever the president goes, “Brandon” follows him.
“LET’S GO BRANDON”: Last week, Biden’s motorcade passed a “Let’s Go Brandon” banner as the president passed through Plainfield, New Jersey. https://t.co/wPQSZsn9v8
– WDRB News (@WDRBNews) October 30, 2021
Conservatives have embraced the chant as another example of liberal bias in mainstream media, while liberal Twitter has gone astray in trying to decode it. But things really came to a head when a Southwest Airlines pilot could (the jury is still out on this) have said “Come on, Brandon” while updating passengers during a flight. In fact, he could have said “Let’s Go Braves” in honor of the National League champions Atlanta Braves, but it’s too hard to say.
plot twist: a clear possibility that the pilot was just an Atlanta baseball fan saying “come on Braves” (audio at link)https://t.co/doeHzPbvvI
– Kat Rosenfield (@katrosenfield) November 1, 2021
Never mind. The outrage machine on the left increased to 11, even by the AP reporter, who first recounted what he thought he heard regarding the pilot over the public address system. Colleen Long even demanded comment from said pilot during the flight, who was behind a locked cockpit door for security reasons at the time.
Also in defense of the airline I was asking them to open the rooster pit and it probably sounded crazy.
– Colleen Long (@ ctlong1) October 30, 2021
Two CNN national security analysts also weighed in, including Asha Rangappa, a former FBI agent, who absurdly equated a joke like “Let’s Brandon” with declaring “Long live ISIS.”
say what you want, but strangely encouraging someone to say “long live ISIS” on a plane is very much in vogue for an FBI agent pic.twitter.com/PLACtTiMM3
– Sam Biddle (@samfbiddle) November 1, 2021
Another analyst, Juliette Kayyem, speculated, without a shred of evidence, that the pilot may have anger issues, perhaps for telling a joke, or is a substance abuser.
Yes @AirAir does nothing, all passengers on that flight have the right to lodge a complaint with the @FAANews and they should. Then Southwest will be forced to investigate or defend it. Have fun with that. Do not play in the air. Bright line ruler. https://t.co/L7VlZWJ0SU
– Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) October 30, 2021
Yes, pilot behavior. His words reflect the possibility of anger management or substance abuse. It is worth asking.
– Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) October 30, 2021
I like pilots who are not sympathetic to terrorists.
Southwest has some explaining to do.
– Chris Hahn (@ChristopherHahn) October 31, 2021
The ridiculous backlash prompted Southwest to launch an investigation.
“Southwest is conducting an internal investigation into the recently reported event and will address the situation directly with any Employees involved while continuing to remind all Employees that public expression of personal opinions while on duty is unacceptable,” the airline told the AP. We will not tolerate any divisive behavior as it does not reflect the Southwest hospitality and inclusiveness for which we are known and we strive to toast every day on every flight. “
Here’s how it works: poking fun at the current president, who is fighting mightily, to the point where 71 percent of Americans believe that the country is going astray – and prepare to lose your job. Ask comedian Dave Chappelle about what are considered to be the right jokes and the wrong jokes to make. Fortunately for sanity, Chappelle is fighting the cancellation culture brigade.
– The hill (@thehill) October 10, 2021
We are all old enough to remember when actor Robert DeNiro said something much worse about then-President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe, Youngkin hold final campaign rallies ahead of tight Virginia gubernatorial race Poll: 50 percent of Republicans don’t think their vote is accurately counted overnight Defense and National Security: The Sub-Deal Showdown intensifies MORE on the use of a real F-bomb on national television during an awards show:
– Reuters (@Reuters) June 11, 2018
… Or Madonna saying she was thinking of blowing up the White House shortly after Trump was elected:
– CBS News (@CBSNews) January 21, 2017
… Or former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for making political statements during games and being hailed as a national treasure for doing so:
… again at the center of a turbulent moment with newfound strength, and for the NFL, renewed debate.
On his knees, fiercely debated in the NFL, echoes in protests https://t.co/7pfG8p3McK
– Kurt Streeter (@kurtstreeter) June 5, 2020
… Or the Virginia cyclist who “got famous” in a Trump motorcade before running for public office based on her new celebrity, and actually won the election.
Cyclist who jumped the famous Trump caravan wins Virginia election https://t.co/ZmiG665GbM
– ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) Nov 6, 2019
All in the name of freedom of expression.
But on the left, freedom of speech is a thing only when it is the Right speaks, that is, speaks with which they agree. And that’s quite a bad dish.
“Come on Brandon!” it is a battle cry for the right. Sane people find it funny.
It is not hate speech. It is a harmless political speech.
And the more the hypocritical awakened mob tries to suppress it, the louder and more widespread the chant will become.
Joe Concha is a political and media columnist for The Hill and a contributor to Fox News.