The media doesn’t like Let’s Go Brandon for the same reasons that it allowed every conceivable insult and obscenity directed at Trump, Bush or any Republican president while in office.
It just needs a good reason to ban it.
A CNN panelist claimed that a father of four, who tagged a phone call with President Joe Biden with the phrase “Let’s Go, Brandon,” was not only being impolite but also harboring feelings “about insurrection.”
Why “insurrection”? There’s a much clearer path to a crackdown on it.
Let’s Go, Brandon is an expression of contempt for the guy in the White House. It’s also an acknowledgment that such expressions have to be coded because the media will try to censor them. That’s why it exists. I’ve met plenty of people on the right who wear shirts that don’t beat around the bush and say Biden. Let’s Go Brandon is also an attack on the media which provides cover for Biden and any Democrat.
Or at least any Democrat carrying forward the Left’s agenda. That is to say, not Manchin. At least at the moment.
Any attempts to ban any attack on Trump, no matter how vulgar, would have been met with the same pearl clutching about “democracy” with which the media meets, “Let’s Go Brandon”.
But that’s because the media has a consistent position on political speech. Speech that favors its politics is vital for democracy, while speech that opposes its politics is a critical threat to democracy and must be suppressed.
It actually says this out loud but usually wrapped in an added layer of verbiage.
The secondary effect of the censorship is such that the actual Brandon is having career problems.
NASCAR driver Brandon Brown – who unintentionally sparked the phrase ‘Let’s Go Brandon!’ – says the popularity of the phrase has effectively killed his hopes of signing sponsorship deals.
‘It got extremely difficult for us,’ Brown told Sports Business Journal. ‘If you’re a national corporation, that means you sell to all consumers … and unfortunately, when you get dragged into the political arena, people want you to take a side.
‘I’ve never been put in a position where it’s, “OK, what side are you on? Left or right?” So it’s hard for a brand to want to attach to somebody who might be kind of divisive in their consumer base. If I’m going to divide Coca-Cola, why would they want to talk to me?”
If you were wondering why he was going on the media tour and put out that press release op-ed, it’s because corporations don’t want to offend lefties in even the most distant way by sponsoring a guy who actually had nothing to do with the whole thing beyond being there.
If you want a climate of guilt by association, there it is.