NASCAR driver Bradon Brown — the one for whom the anti-Biden “Let’s Go Brandon!” chant originated — is speaking out about the phrase.
Brown, 28, wrote an op-ed in Newsweek despite getting advice to keep quiet for his sponsors after an NBC Sports reporter incorrectly said fans were chanting “Let’s Go Brandon” instead of “F– Joe Biden.”
“I am fully aware that the millions of Americans chanting my name know little about me or about my winning the Talladega race that day,” Brown wrote of his Oct. 2 victory. “But I have spent the last few weeks getting to know more about them, and I’d like to share a little more about myself.”
Over the last few months, the chant has been said at thousands of sporting events, including the halls of Congress and in schools across the nation. Brown said he isn’t interested in politics, but has the impression politicians cause more problems than they solve.
“Racing at 200 miles per hour doesn’t give me a lot of time to think about politics. And even if it did, I have always preferred the roar of the engine to the roar of my voice.”
He said he thinks he understands why millions — in addition to his mom and dad — are chanting “Let’s Go Brandon!”
“I understand that millions of people are struggling right now and are frustrated,” he said. “Struggling to get by and struggling to build a solid life for themselves and their families, and wondering why their government only seems to make it worse. People have a right to frustration—even anger.”
Brown previously told the New York Times he is a Republican, but he said he has no interest of leading a political fight or endorsing anyone: “I am certainly not going to tell anyone how to vote.”
But he’s no longer going to be silent about the Biden critics and Trump supporters chanting his name.
“I hear them, even if Washington does not,” Brown said. “I dedicate myself this upcoming season to compete hard on the racetrack and to spotlight issues that are important to me and to millions of Americans across the country.”
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