Ever since that fateful day when NBC reporter Kelli Stavast lied on air about the “F*** Joe Biden” chants being bellowed about her, the winner and interviewee Brandon Brown has been worried. Worried because he has sponsors to maintain. If he doesn’t keep or gain new sponsors to replace those that drop him, he can’t afford to race. If he can’t race, he certainly can’t win another Xfinity Series or any other series.
The Republican had never really bothered to talk about politics and did his best to stick with what he knew. Driving.
I would imagine that Brown is constantly asked his opinion of the FJB chants as well as the “Let’s Go Brandon” chants that have taken the former’s place. Does he hate it? Does it offend him? Is he proud to be part of a movement? Will he endorse future candidates? Those kind of questions do get annoying, and as a sport’s fan, I don’t really care about any of their opinions for the most part. I mostly wish they’d keep it to themselves.
It’s human nature, though. If we’re being fair, we like people who are likeminded. It creates a sense of security that if someone shares the same values with you, you won’t have to be surprised by a nasty skeleton in their closet. I also write these pieces in an effort to show conservatives that there are athletes out there that think like us on some topics. It’s why we write articles about Enes Freedom calling out Lebron James for his hypocrisy.
NASCAR driver Brandon Brown addresses anti-Biden 'Let's go Brandon' chanthttps://t.co/6GLShxNWY3
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 20, 2021
Sometimes, athletes are so busy trying to please their sponsors they do something like Brandon Brown did. They do some research and then they write an op-ed for Newsweek.
Brown’s article isn’t terrible, and it’s not inconceivable that a NASCAR driver really just wants to focus on his job. Losing focus while driving a vehicle 200 mph isn’t exactly a good idea. Personally, I’d be more than a little angry if I discovered my loved one was thinking about politics or stressing about rising inflation while he was whipping himself around a track with dozens of other vehicles racing at terrifying speeds.
When he isn’t racing, Brandon Brown has stated he’s going to do his best to speak out on issues facing all Americans. He’s going to be a lot more open to expressing his frustrations with rising gas and food prices. He’s going to do what he can to help the frustrations we face, but he’s going to do it without telling people who to vote for or how he chooses to vote.
In the piece he states:
“I have no interest in leading some political fight. I race cars. I am not going to endorse anyone, and I am certainly not going to tell anyone how to vote.
But I’m also no longer going to be silent about the situation I find myself in, and why millions of Americans are chanting my name. I hear them, even if Washington does not.
“…But, when I have the opportunity and the time, I am not going to hesitate to speak about issues I am passionate about, or the problems we face together as Americans.
“How you vote is none of my business. Instead, I will use what free time I have to highlight the struggle we all feel and share, as Americans.
“To my fans, to NASCAR fans and to everyone who has chanted my name: I dedicate myself this upcoming season to compete hard on the racetrack and to spotlight issues that are important to me and to millions of Americans across the country.
“Let’s Go America.”
While the sentiment is appreciated, I don’t think this will be the end of the “Let’s Go Brandon” chants.
Below is the interview that changed Brandon Brown’s social media presence. The chanting begins at about 58 seconds in.