The mother of nine-year-old autistic child named Brandon has said he came out of his shell after seeing ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ flags at a carnival and mistakenly believing they were for him.
In March, Minnesota-based podcaster and author Sheletta Brundidge, her husband and three youngest children, including 9-year-old son Brandon, who has severe autism, stopped by during their spring break at the ‘Sensory Friendly Day’ at Houston’s Livestock Show and Rodeo, State reported.
Brundidge said that during the trip his son told him that “these people love me here!” They have my flags everywhere. They encourage me!
The mother-of-four was confused but later realized her son had become obsessed with flags mounted on different motorhomes that said, “Let’s go Brandon!” – A national anti-Biden chant embraced by conservatives.
In October, NASCAR driver Brandon Brown, 28, unwittingly triggered the phrase after NBC sportscaster Kelli Stavast confused the crowd by mocking “F*** Joe Biden” for “Let’s Go Brandon !” at a NASCAR event in Alabama.
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In March, Sheletta Brundidge, her three youngest children (pictured) took a ride for ‘sensory friendly day’ at the Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston.
The incident inspired Brundidge to write the children’s book ‘Brandon Spots His Sign’ about how seeing the ‘Let’s Go, Brandon’ signs helped him overcome anxiety
Brandon, (pictured) who was completely unaware of the politics behind the phrase, told his mum that to him ‘Let’s go Brandon’ ‘means having courage and doing your best
Since the phrase was popularly called, the chant has reached other professional and college sporting events dragging conservatives.
Merchandise based on the phrase was also sold as a recently opened “Let’s Go Brandon” store in Massachusetts, along with around 12,000 listings on eBay for singing-related merchandise.
A song was even recorded which was influenced by Bryson Gray’s popular phrase which topped the charts on iTunes.
But despite the actual meaning behind the flags, Brundidge said the slogan gave young Brandon a boost of confidence which helped him deal with his social anxiety and Brundidge even captured his son and two younger siblings , who also have autism, in the back of a golf cart. singing ‘Let’s go, Brandon!’
Brandon, completely oblivious to the politics behind the expression, told his mother that to him “It means having courage and doing your best.”
Sheletta Brundidge said her new children’s book is meant to “show how you can take something that was meant for evil intent or evil and turn it into good.”
Brundidge realized that his son had become obsessed with flags mounted on motor homes, which read, “Let’s Go Brandon!” – a national anti-Biden chant
‘Let’s Go Brandon’ has become a euphemism for ‘f*** Joe Biden’ for conservatives
The incident inspired Brundidge to write the children’s book ‘Brandon Spots His Sign’ about how seeing the ‘Let’s Go, Brandon’ signs helped him overcome anxiety and pushed him to do things like public speaking and playing sports.
Origins of the anti-Biden chant “Let’s Go Brandon!”
‘Let’s Go Brandon’ became a euphemism for ‘f*** Joe Biden’ after an on-air reporter claimed NASCAR fans’ profane chants against the president were actually a chorus of support for Brown after his first victory on October 2 at Talladega.
NBC reporter Kelli Stavast was interviewing runner Brandon Brown when she allegedly misheard the crowd and said they were shouting “Let’s go Brandon!”
Biden’s critics believed the reporter deliberately tried to censor the crowd.
“Let’s go Brandon!” has become shorthand for “F**k Joe Biden” on social media, with many using the hashtag #LetsGoBrandon to criticize Biden.
The proud mother said that after seeing the sign, Brandon was encouraged to join others in social activities.
She said the book is meant to “show how you can take something that was meant for bad intent or evil and turn it into good.”
“He’s just a little boy who saw a sign, who was encouraged, and he’s doing better on his journey to autism,” she added. “…My son is too young to vote, but his story and the impact of the Let’s Go Brandon flag is special to him and it had to be said.
President Biden took the rallying cry in stride, even joking about it at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
“A lot of people say the Republican Party is too extreme, too divisive to be controlled by one person. They say it’s not your father’s Republican party. Ronald Reagan said Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall. Today’s Republicans say “tear down Mickey Mouse’s house”.
“And soon they’ll be storming Cinderella’s castle. You can bet Republicans seem to be supporting a guy. A guy named Brandon. He’s having a really good year. I’m pretty happy for him,’ Biden said .
Last Christmas, an Oregon dad named Jared Schmeck even repeated the phrase to Biden at a Christmas Eve NORAD Santa Tracker event being held virtually for children and their families.
“I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too. Merry Christmas and let’s go, Brandon!” Shmeck said after his kids told Biden what they wanted for Christmas.
“Let’s go Brandon, I agree,” replied the president.