The Republican code-meme for ‘screw the President’ has recently become “Let’s Go Brandon!” It started October 2 at Talladega Speedway when NASCAR driver Brandon Brown. When he won, and was being interviewed by a reporter from NBC, the crowd was chanting behind him “F- Joe Biden.” The reporter thought they were saying, “Let’s Go Brandon!”
And so “Let’s Go Brandon” has taken on the meaning that the NASCAR crowd intended, and has been used by Florida Representative in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, South Carolina Represenative Jeff Duncan wore a “Let’s Go Brandon’ mask at the Capitol. And it’s been retweeted by Mitch McConnell’s press secretary.
Now that it’s become a thing, a Southwest Airlines pilot made “Let’s Go Brandon” the end of his welcome on board announcement on a Friday morning flight from Houston to Albuquerque. Some passengers reacted with “audible gasps.”
According to Southwest Airlines,
[Southwest] takes pride in providing a welcoming, comfortable, and respectful environment” and…“behavior from any individual that is divisive or offensive is not condoned.
An Associated Press reported happened to be on the flight, and almost got kicked off the aircraft seeking comment from the pilot about the announcement. She happened to be working on a story about the “Let’s Go Brandon” meme and points out that former President Trump, who will merchandise anything from vodka to steaks, now sells,
a $45 T-shirt featuring “Let’s go Brandon” above an American flag. One message to supporters reads, “#FJB or LET’S GO BRANDON? Either way, President Trump wants YOU to have our ICONIC new shirt.”
By the way a passenger recently had American Airlines page “Let’s Go Brandon.”
Someone just paged Let's Go Brandon at Chicago O'Hare. pic.twitter.com/BrUK2TuzJF
— Brick Suit (@Brick_Suit) October 8, 2021
Five years ago a United Airlines pilot announced that everyone had to keep politics off the plane. Passengers cheered. No matter your feelings about silly memes or the President of the United States, there are some places where we should be left alone. Stuck in a metal tube, you can’t escape a pilot’s politics.