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Why Is ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Treated By The Media As Criminal Hate Speech?

Why Is ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Treated By The Media As Criminal Hate Speech?

The anti-Biden slogan is clearly protected by the First Amendment.

Last month, NBC reporter Kelli Stavast interviewed NASCAR driver Brandon Brown following his victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sparks 300 race when fans started chanting “f*CK Joe Biden.” But that’s not what Stavast heard.

And so the “let’s go Brandon” chant—a less vulgar way of signaling one’s opposition to the current president—was born. Fans say it at sports gatherings. Conservatives tweet it at each other. Even Republican politicians are getting in on it. Sen. Ted Cruz (R–Texas) has been known to say it.

So what?

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Well, even though it was entirely normal for Democrats to vigorously insult former President Donald Trump throughout his presidency, some liberal media figures have decided that the comparatively mild “let’s go Brandon” chant is an essentially violent utterance. Asha Rangappa, a commentator for CNN, said it was akin to making a pro-ISIS statement.

She explicitly referenced an incident on a recent Southwest Airlines flight where the pilot reportedly said, “let’s go Brandon,” which triggered a meltdown on Twitter earlier this week. Another CNN analyst, Juliette Kayyem, a Harvard professor, said the passengers on that flight should file complaints with the Federal Aviation Administration.

She explicitly referenced an incident on a recent Southwest Airlines flight where the pilot reportedly said, “let’s go Brandon,” which triggered a meltdown on Twitter earlier this week. Another CNN analyst, Juliette Kayyem, a Harvard professor, said the passengers on that flight should file complaints with the Federal Aviation Administration.

When pressed on this point, she responded that his words “reflect the possibility of anger management or substance abuse.”

Progressive political strategist and commentator Chris Hahn accused the pilot of “sympathizing with terrorist[s].” CNN’s Joe Lockhart attacked Southwest for not immediately firing the pilot. The airline is investigating the incident.

Keep in mind that what touched off this public freakout was an Associated Press story asserting that a pilot had uttered the statement. We don’t have audio footage of it, though I did listen to audio from another incident involving a pilot allegedly saying, “let’s go Brandon,” and guess what? It sounded like he was saying, “let’s go Braves,” as in the sports team. I don’t know if that’s what happened here, but I would bet it was a simple misunderstanding. Even if it weren’t, it would be wrong to treat the utterance of “let’s go Brandon” as a crime or terrorist behavior.

Make no mistake: The chant is a First Amendment–protected speech, even if some would consider it hate speech. Contrary to what many progressive activists naively assume, hate speech is free speech. There is no hate speech exception to the First Amendment because there is no mutually agreed-upon definition of hate speech, and no Supreme Court decisions support such an exception. The Supreme Court has carved out some categories of speech that don’t qualify for protection—threats of imminent violence, for instance—but hate speech isn’t one of them. On the contrary, the right to insult political leaders and government officials is perhaps the most critical and obvious component of the First Amendment.

Ken Dilanian of NBC News said he called to ask the Secret Service whether “let’s go Brandon” emblazoned on an assault rifle represented a security threat to the president, which he thinks “is a reasonable question.”

Yet this madness goes further than this; the major news sites have said the chant, “Let’s go Brandon,” is no different than yelling Sieg Heil. They know they can’t yell racist with this, although they have tried, so now they are trying to say if you support this saying you must be a white supremacist.

That isn’t a reasonable question at all. Here’s a fair question: Why do mainstream media figures think their main job is to police speech that offends Democrats?

Thanks to Reason which aided in putting this article together.

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Notes from the Editor

As stated in this article, hearing this hate speech because Democrats can’t complain that criticism of Biden is somehow racist, so they have to fall back to their typical attack. They claim somehow, this is tied to white supremacy or terrorist ideology; thus, they circle back to the racist claim anyways.

We hear outrage because every move Trump took was claimed to be racist; if you disagreed in any way with Obama, you were labeled a racist, yet they can’t make such a claim now. They have no such claim; their stance is so weak, they are falling back to the only thing they know, claiming racism and terror somehow are tied to this.

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About The Author

Timothy Benton

Student of history, a journalist for the last 2 years. Specialize in Middle East History, more specifically modern history with the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Also, a political commentator has been a lifetime fan of politics.

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