The dad who called President Joe Biden on Christmas Eve and ended the call with the words “Let’s Go Brandon” is considering running for political office.
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Jared Schmeck, a former police officer in Oregon, announced the news during a Tuesday interview with “The Todd Starnes Show.”
“I want to pray about it, see what God has for me,” Schmeck said in response to running for office.
“At the end of the day, I want His will for my life and the direction that it goes. And I strongly believe that standing up is the right thing to do here as long as that message that I’m portraying is glorifying His name. And yeah, I’ll see where it goes,” he added.
Schmeck’s call with Biden made went viral after his, “Let’s Go Brandon,” quip hilariously had the president respond, “Let’s go Brandon. I agree.”
Joe and Jill Biden took calls from the NORAD Tracks Santa program and a dad ended the call by saying, "Merry Christmas, and let's go Brandon."
"Let's go Brandon, I agree," Biden replied. pic.twitter.com/K4q0jIB6ww
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) December 24, 2021
A lot of Americans found the play on “F*** Joe Biden” to be a funny headline. However, liberal activists and Democrats found Schmeck’s joke offensive.
“Don’t waste your time on the pathetic dad who humiliated his family to say F-U to the president on Christmas Eve. He’s irrelevant. Spend your time asking why Republican leaders are celebrating him. This isn’t my parents’ Republican Party. This new crew are indecent to their core,” Dem Rep. Eric Swalwell tweeted out.
Don’t waste your time on the pathetic dad who humiliated his family to say F-U to the president on Christmas Eve. He’s irrelevant. Spend your time asking why Republican leaders are celebrating him. This isn’t my parents’ Republican Party. This new crew are indecent to their core. https://t.co/DQdMR6HnMN
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) December 26, 2021
There were multiple threats against Schmeck after his call with Biden:
Despite receiving threats since making the comment, Schmeck says that he hadn’t intended any ill will toward the president and doesn’t even dislike him – he was simply trying to voice his frustrations in what he perceived as a “joking manner,” he told The Oregonian.
“At the end of the day, I have nothing against Mr. Biden, but I am frustrated because I think he can be doing a better job. I mean no disrespect to him,” Schmeck said. He told the outlet that he did not think of himself as a “Trumper,” instead describing himself as a “free-thinking American and follower of Jesus Christ.”
In addition, he said that he had not expected the opportunity to speak with President Biden directly – he and his family have called the NORAD Santa Tracker hotline every Christmas Eve for years, but he had expected the call to be automated, not live-streamed.
“We just waited on hold and then they answered. And I thought, ‘wow, this is real,’” he said.
Following the call, Schmeck’s wife reportedly posted on Instagram, “My husband may or may not have just told joe and jill Biden ‘let’s go Brandon’ on the phone.”
On Tuesday, an MSNBC panel called Schmeck an insurrectionist.
Nicole Wallace of MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” played a fragment of the Friday call.
Wallace also featured an excerpt from Steve Bannon’s podcast, where Schmeck appeared after the incident and claimed that the 2020 presidential election had been “100% stolen.”
“The asymmetry has always been what advantages the Trump right more than anything else. And the asymmetry of saying ‘F you’ to a sitting president on a call in front of your four kids — don’t look past this,” she said. “This is the slow-motion insurrection, Jason, in full color.”
In response, podcast host Jason Johnson pointed out Schmeck’s charges that he was threatened for exercising his freedom of expression sounded ridiculous.
“There is nothing more entertaining to me than people whose names I have never heard of before saying ‘I am canceled,’ as they are being amplified. That’s the thing. I didn’t know who this Schmeck was five days ago. Now I know who he is, but he is being canceled,” Johnson said.
According to Johnson, the slogan “Let’s Go, Brandon” is a “cry of insurrection” and a mantra belonging to those who want to “violently take over this country and oppress everyone who isn’t like them.”
“Joe Biden can laugh it off or anything else like that — that’s fine. But I hope we have the Justice Department and the FBI and the CIA that investigates where the anger that leads to these kinds of statements comes from,” Johnson suggested.
A few days after the video went viral, he acknowledged that he did not mean disrespect and that he is not a Trumper, but a free-thinker and follower of Christ.
‘At the end of the day, I have nothing against Mr. Biden, but I am frustrated because I think he can be doing a better job,’ Schmeck told the Oregonian.
Weinma Electric employs Schmeck and several other relatives. The company’s homepage describes itself as ‘grounded in Christian values.’
Shortly after the phone call ended, the Oregon man recorded his end of the conversation and posted it to his YouTube channel. It has already received more than 110,000 views.
Children and parents were hosted in South Court Auditorium on Friday and the couple spoke virtually with people.
Schmeck, beaming with pride from Oregon, said ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ after his children told the president what they wanted from Santa Claus.
There were reports in the room that Biden appeared unphased. ‘Let’s Go Brandon, I agree,’ the president said in response.
According to the Oregon father, he calls into the NORAD tracker every year. He was unaware of the live streaming.
I assumed it would be automated. We just waited on hold and then they answered,’ he said. ‘And I thought, ‘wow, this is real.’ ‘
The ‘joke’ was intended to express his frustration with the president’s policies, including vaccine mandates, inflation, and supply chain problems.
Since the president exchanged words with him, he has received ‘vague, but threatening’ phone calls, as well as social media uproar.
‘And now I am being attacked for utilizing my freedom of speech,’ Schmeck said. ‘I understand there is a vulgar meaning to ‘Let’s go Brandon,’ but I’m not that simple-minded, no matter how I feel about him.’
‘He seems likes he’s a cordial guy. There’s no animosity or anything like that. It was merely just an innocent jest to also express my God-given right to express my frustrations in a joking manner… I love him just like I love any other brother or sister.’
In addition, he said he stands by the statements he made.
Winema Electric’s Yelp page appears to have been affected negatively by the viral nature of the incident.
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Many reviews have been left criticizing the company because of Jared’s conversation with President Biden.
One wrote: ‘What kind of company would employ Jared? Even if he is son of the owner, he should be fired immediately. Would never let these people near any electricity.’
‘This company employs Jared Schmeck,’ commented another. ‘A man-boy who used to be a police officer but now works for his mom. Jared is a disrespectful and vulgar father.’
A commenter responded back with a comment that attempted to defend Winema: ‘Seems funny how the negative comments appeared right after one of the employees gave America a fantastic Christmas Eve gift,’ they wrote. ‘No doubt that pestilent cancel crowd acting out again.’
‘My aunt in Portland used this company to install some lighting fixtures in her home,’ they added on the five-star review. ‘She boasted of how great the workers were and what an excellent job they did.’