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Autoplay A caller from Oregon who tagged on "Let’s go, Brandon" when ending his Christmas Eve phone chat with President Biden last week now says he’s being "attacked" for what he claims was a "joke."
"And now I am being attacked for utilizing my freedom of speech," Jared Schmeck, 35, a former Medford police officer , told The Oregonian newspaper Saturday.
Schmeck said he has been receiving vague but threatening phone calls after his call to Biden on Friday was live-streamed and reported in the media. "I am being attacked for utilizing my freedom of speech." — Jared Schmeck, caller to President Biden "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," Schmeck told the news outlet.
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The livestreamed call drew media attention in part because Biden responded, "’Let’s go, Brandon,’ I agree," even though the phrase has been used by the president’s critics to mock him.
But Schmeck, a father of four, claimed Saturday he had no ill feelings toward the president, even though he believes Biden "can be doing a better job." President Biden and first lady Jill Biden speak with the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, via teleconference in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus in Washington, Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. "He seems like he’s a cordial guy," Schmeck said, referring to the president. "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 brother or sister."Schmeck added he "stood 100% behind what I did and what I said," according to the paper."At the end of the day, I have nothing against Mr. Biden," Schmeck said in the same interview with The Oregonian, "but I am frustrated because I think he can be doing a better job. I mean no disrespect to him." "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." — Jared Schmeck, caller to President Biden Despite his criticism of Biden, Schmeck told the newspaper he did not consider himself a "Trumper," but instead a "free-thinking American and follower of Jesus Christ."Schmeck said he and his family were following their tradition Friday of calling in to the NORAD Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve, and didn’t know the call would be livestreamed.A voice on the other end said first lady Jill Biden would be accepting calls but Schmeck said he assumed it would be a recording of the first lady, not a live phone call, according to The Oregonian .Then, when the president and first lady started speaking with the family, Biden was interested to learn that […]