The Oregonian reports:
A Central Point father of four who wished President Joe Biden and the first lady a wonderful Christmas and added “Let’s go, Brandon,” at the end of a live streamed Santa tracker call told The Oregonian/OregonLive that he didn’t intend his parting message to be vulgar.
“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,” said Jared Schmeck, 35, who works for an electric company and was previously a Medford police officer for six years until he resigned in July 2018. “I mean no disrespect to him.”
Schmeck said, “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.
“Now I am being attacked for utilizing my freedom of speech,” Schmeck said. He added that he’s been receiving what reporter Maxine Bernstein identified as “vague but threatening phone calls.”
I told you the TikTok kids would find him.
“I am being attacked for utilizing my freedom of speech” for expressing “my frustrations in a joking manner,” complains Jared Schmeck, the #Oregon father of four who told @POTUS: ‘Let’s go Brandon.’ https://t.co/GOPb1OBtYW
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) December 25, 2021
The First Amendment protects the right to be free from censorship by the government.
It does not prevent anyone from being ostracized because they act like a dick. https://t.co/stqwVQKGQN
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) December 25, 2021
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