A cringe-worthy moment occurred during the annual White House Santa tracking call via NORAD. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden were being recorded as a father, identified as Jared from Oregon, began to wish them a Merry Christmas.
“The NORAD call started normally. The father told the president his two-year-old daughter Penelope would be happy with any presents from Santa. The president urged the family’s children to go to bed by 9 PM” reports Deadline.
Jared from Oregon used the rare opportunity to have the president’s ear with the president to say “Let’s go Brandon” which has become widely used to mean “F*** Joe Biden.” Jared has since said the comment was a joke. He also said he has been receiving threatening phone calls as the aftermath of his “prank.”
“Merry Christmas and ‘Let’s go, Brandon,” Jared said in his sign-off.
In an incredibly uncomfortable moment, Biden took a second and it was unclear if he fully understood the man’s dig. “Let’s go Brandon, I agree” Biden eventually said. First lady Jill was visibly uncomfortable.
Since the video went viral, “I thought it would be automated. We just waited on hold and then they answered,” he told the Oregonian. “And I thought, ‘wow, this is real.’”
“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,” Jared said. “He seems like 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.”
Despite saying it was a “joke” Jared “stood 100% behind what I did and what I said.”
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Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
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