The talent involved in both following an order and royally ticking off the person who gave it is something that we typically associate with the rabble-rousers in our midst. However, events of the recent months involving COVID-19 and the Biden administration have been enough to bring out the rabble-rouser in the mildest of term permits.
South Carolina Republican Jeff Duncan is probably somewhere between the two extremes, but he came to the House of Representatives loaded for bear earlier in the week, and Democrats are not happy about it.
So what, one might ask, could infuriate a Democrat about a mask being worn by a Republican in the lower house of Congress? Well, I’m glad you asked. As it turns out, the mask mandate does not rule out masks that have writing on them, so Duncan took this opportunity to wear a mask that said, “Let’s Go Brandon” to work on Monday, and a few of his co-workers didn’t find it amusing.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks and this is your very first email to open or article to read since returning to civilization, I’ll explain that “Let’s Go, Brandon,” has become the less expletive-ridden rallying cry of Republicans who see the Biden administration’s work in the White House as being a threat to the American way of life.
It’s a derivative of the more aggressive, “F*** Joe Biden,” Which was actually being chanted at a NASCAR race in early October when a reporter claimed that they were saying “Let’s Go, Brandon,” in an awkward attempt to cover for the chant of the disenfranchised Americans at the race.
So, with all that explained, fast forward to Monday morning, and POLITICO tweeted that the South Carolina representative was seen by reporter Olivia Beavers wearing the liberally offensive mask on Capitol Hill:
“Spotted at House votes: GOP Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC wearing a mask with a phrase that Republicans are using in place of F*** Joe Biden,” tweeted POLITICO, and Duncan later posted a mask emoji after it started to be widely reported that he was wearing the anti-Biden apparel.
Duncan quickly got in trouble with some politicians from his home state, particularly Oconee Democratic Party chairwoman Jody Gaulin who was, according to The Daily Wire, “fuming mad” at the Republican.
Gaulin told the Seneca Journal, “Not only does Jeff Duncan not deliver for the people of the third district—I cannot think of a thing he has truly done—he now sports a vulgar slogan on his mask and walks off the floor! The hypocrisy of the Faith and Freedom BBQ is exposed!” the Democrat spat about her fellow SC politician.
One of the plethoras of reasons that Duncan might have chosen this medium to get his message out is because of the continued mask orders around Capitol Hill. Gone are the days of freedom of face display in the lower house of Congress, and Republicans are not delighted about it. The constant frustration with continued mandates, despite a lack of supporting science that they actually help the issue, has been a matter of contention among many in the minority party.
However frustrating that piece of information might be, however, is no match for the hilarity that will no doubt ensue when you hear the White House’s stance on the chant, “Let’s Go, Brandon.”
Get this, the White House claims they don’t know anything about it.
“Administration officials sought to downplay the phenomenon, and at least one claimed to be unfamiliar with the ‘Let’s go Brandon’ chant or its cruder cousin, though they are now chanted everywhere from football stadiums to concert arenas to local bars,” The Washington Post reported Saturday.
And not only that, White House spokesman Andrew Bates claimed, “I had never heard of that chant until you explained it to me.”
So, apparently, it’s those guys that have been living under a rock. Who knew.