Last week, as the White House participated in a NORAD event that helped children “track” Santa Claus, one caller to the program was able to sneak in a quaint little jab at President Biden.
The caller, named Jared, was prepared with a story that allowed him to drop the ever-so-popular phrase “Let’s Go Brandon” directly to the President’s face. The phrase, which is a euphemism for a much more profane four-syllable epithet, triggered the liberal media however, and “Jared” was soon facing some serious heat from CNN and others.
Mainstream media journalists have since treated the phrase as “vulgar” and “vitriol,” going so far as to compare people who use the phrase to ISIS sympathizers.
The pattern continued after reporters identified the man as Jared Schmeck, a former Oregon police officer who has since insisted that the phrase was made “in a joking manner.”
Some outlets, however, appeared to disagree, with titles like NBC’s “Parent uses right-wing slur during Biden call with NORAD Santa tracker” and ABC’s “Father uses vulgar insult during holiday call with President Joe Biden.”
Slate also referred to the phrase as a “right-wing slur” in describing the situation.
“What has become a traditional White House holiday call with children tracking Santa Claus took an awkward turn this year when one father used the opportunity to insult the president using a slur that has become popular in right-wing circles,” Slate wrote.
CNN was particularly harsh against Schmeck in their reports.
CNN White House correspondent Jeremy Diamond tweeted, “If you think it’s appropriate to tell someone — anyone, really — to go f*** themselves after they gave your kids the time of day on Christmas Eve, it says a lot more about your personal character than anything else. That is all.”
Senior reporter Edward Isaac-Dovere followed up, writing, “Consider the mentality here of the father whose child is excited to talk about Santa Claus and then also gets to talk to the president and First Lady, but he waits out the end of the call to sneak in a cutesy way of flipping off the president on Christmas Eve.”
The moment was not nearly as vitriolic as CNN has made it out to be, with President Biden himself repeating the phrase back to the caller flippantly, despite understanding perfectly what he meant.