Residents of Somerset, Massachusetts, greeted President Joe Biden with chants of “Let’s go Brandon” as he came to the city to give a speech on climate change.
Townspeople were seen waving flags and holding signs as the chant echoed around the president’s moving motorcade. One individual could even be seen saluting the president. A one-fingered salute, that is.
Later in the day, Biden, during his speech, had what Tom Bevan, RealClearPolitics founder called “either the biggest bombshell in presidential history or the biggest gaffe.”
Biden was delivering his speech on climate change near an abandoned oil plant when he began talking about his childhood and upbringing and how Somerset was “not very much unlike where I grew up in a place called Claymont, Delaware, which has more oil refineries than Houston, Texas.”
“I just lived up the road in an apartment complex when we moved to Delaware, and just up the road a little school I went to, Holy Rosary grade school, and because it was a four lane highway that was accessible, my mother drove us and rather than us be able to walk,” Biden said. “And guess what? The first frost, you know what was happening, you’d have to put on your windshield wipers to get literally the oil slick off the window.”
“That’s why I and so damn many other people I grew up [with] have cancer, and I why can’t for the longest time, Delaware had the highest cancer rate in the nation,” Biden continued.
Biden seemingly confessed to having cancer.
This caused quite a stir on social media, particularly on Twitter where discussion is ongoing on whether the gaffe was simply that or an indicator of a greater problem.
The phrase, “Let’s go Brandon” was coined last October at a NASCAR race where the crowd could be heard chanting, “F–k Joe Biden” while an interview was occurring with Brandon Brown.
Brown was being interviewed on NBC after becoming the second NASCAR driver to earn his first national series victory with a win in the Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
As the chants became louder, the host, desperate to mask the language, told Brown that they were yelling, “Let’s go Brandon.”
The phrase became a rallying cry for conservatives, and has served as such since.
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