An MSNBC panel that was ostensibly not a satirical comedy skit argued that the FBI and CIA should investigate the prank caller who tricked senile president Joe Biden into insulting himself with a “let’s go Brandon” salutation during a Santa-tracking event on Christmas Eve.
Former senator Claire McCaskill joined one-time nominal Republican Nicolle Wallace and Jason Johnson in dissecting what was referred to as a “slow motion insurrection.”
“So, what you heard there, was an Oregon dad, his four kids,” Wallace said indignantly. “He’s a self-described free-thinking American a follower of Jesus Christ. He called into the NORAD tracking center on Christmas eve. What he said, ‘let’s go Brandon’ means ‘eff Joe Biden’ in very, very, very thinly coded right-wing lexicon.”
“That grown man, Jared Schmeck, later told the Oregonian that the comment was meant in jest before whining for days now about being attacked for utilizing his freedom of speech,” she droned on in a slurred speech. “The story could have ended there, though, right? But he went on Steve Bannon’s broadcast today, podcast, whatever he has. There he was, Jared Schmeck, wearing his MAGA hat.”
“Tell us, does this sound like someone who was saying something in jest?” she asked.
“Donald Trump is my president and still should be president right now,” he said. “The election was 100% stolen. So, I just want to make that clear. Let’s go Brandon is more than just ‘eff Joe Biden.’ Let’s go Brandon — it encompasses the entirety of our frustration with Joe Biden, the administration, the leftist mob, the cancel culture, the mainstream media. They are the ones who made this ‘a thing.’ And we are able, as conservatives, we are able to find humor in this. But there is terrible things going on.”
“I don’t want where to start,” Wallace whined. “Let me tell you why this matters. The asymmetry has always been what advantages the Trump right more than anything else ask. The asymmetry of saying f*** you to a sitting president on a call in front of your four kids – don’t look past this. Don’t look at this as a story about giving air time to a MAGA guy who goes on Steve Bannon’s podcast and says I won’t joking. Not only did I say eff you, Mr. President, I said more than that. This is the slow motion insurrection, Jason, in full color.”
“Yeah, Nicolle,” Jason Johnson responded. “Here’s the thing. There is nothing more entertaining to me than people’s whose names I have never heard of four days ago saying ‘I am canceled’ as they are being amplified. Right? That’s the thing.”
“He wants to complain about cancel culture. Dude, I didn’t know who this Schmeck schmuck was,” he continued. “I didn’t know who this guy was five days ago. Right? Now I know who he is but ‘he is being canceled.’ He is going to have T-shirts and turn up on Turning Point next week giving speeches with Kyle Rittenhouse. That’s the hypocrisy of it all.”
“But the more dangerous thing you are pointing to is the fact that all of these people are basically just insurrectionists in training now,” he added.
This is an unhinged smear. First of all, the FBI has not been able to find any evidence that January 6 represented a centrally organized attempt to overturn the 2020 election by force. No one has been charged with “insurrection.” In a sense, this is arguing that Jared Schmeck and his supporters are training to become violent criminals… over a joke made at the dopey president’s expense.
“If you wanted to say – look, presidents hear insulting things all the time,” he went on. “Larry Wilmore made a highly inappropriate joke right next to Barack Obama. Right? People can say rude things to the president. That’s not the issue.”
“But when these people are speaking, they are not joking,” he continued. “MAGA isn’t about taxes. You know. ‘Let’s go Brandon’ isn’t about what you feel about supply chain issues and gas. It is the cry of insurrectionists. It is the cry of people who want to violently take over this country and oppress anyone who is not like them. And that’s what makes this dangerous.”
What is ‘dangerous’ is lying to the deranged left-wing base that actually believes a word of these fact-free lies. Before January 6 became a Capitol riot — like the hundreds of BLM & Antifa riots throughout 2020 — far-right extremist groups planned to attack the capitol while the actual MAGA supporters were 20 minutes away listening to the former president’s speech.
These are basic facts that don’t fit the left’s desperate narrative to smear anyone who doesn’t think like them. Also, contesting elections is a constitutionally protected political action that was used by the Democrats themselves three times in the twenty years prior to the election.
“And to the degree that Joe Biden can laugh it off or anything else like that, that’s fine,” he continued. “But I hope we have a Justice Department and an FBI and a CIA that investigates where the anger that leads to these kinds of statements comes through. Because these people already attacked us with guns. Do you think they are going to come back with something less aggressive next time if they feel like they can speak this way to the president? I don’t think so.”
Let’s not dwell on the fact that no one in the Capitol riot itself was proven to have been armed with a gun and that the only people who were killed during the event were the rioters themselves.
No, these people don’t care about facts at all. The only thing that matters to them is smearing those who disagree with them. It’s little wonder why nobody takes MSNBC seriously.
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