That’s nice…embarrassing the President of the United States while he’s engaged in a non-partisan Christmas-related appearance. How clever. How brave.
What an asshole.
As you can see above, President Biden and the First Lady were set up by (allegedly) a father participating in the annual White House NORAD Santa-tracking call, who ended his conversation with POTUS with the “Let’s Go Brandon,” the code for “Fuck Joe Biden.” After the caller, identified as “Jared from Oregon,” but later revealed to be Jared Schmeck, wished the President and Jill Biden a merry Christmas and added, “…and let’s go Brandon!” Poor clueless Joe responded “Let’s go Brandon, I agree!”
Hilarity and ridicule quickly followed in conservative media- and social medialand.
No President deserves to be treated with that kind of gratuitous disrespect. Ever. That would be true even if this instance did not occur in a season when the Golden Rule and being kind to our fellow human beings needs to be reinforced in our society, not deliberately ignored. It would be true even if Joe Biden were not an obviously age-impaired public servant struggling to do an already difficult job.
Schmeck’s stunt was hateful, cruel, and harmful. Yes, yes, I know: if Trump were President, a similar trick would be getting cheers from the “resistance” on social media and Stephen Colbert, and quickly employed by critics to show that Trump should be declared mentally unfit. That still doesn’t excuse the treatment of Biden. No leader can function without a baseline of loyalty, respect and fairness from the public, and the fact that Trump was never accorded that minimal support doesn’t change the principle, which was stated concisely by the lawyer for the “Caine Mutiny’s” mutineers—just read “President” for “captain”: “You don’t work with the captain because of how he parts his hair…you work with him because he’s got the job, or you’re no good.”
The country has to survive three more years of this poor, diminished mediocrity. Trying to undermine him with cheap tricks is unconscionable.