The “Let’s Go Brandon” craze has captured the imagination of Americans who oppose Joe Biden, those who support him, and those who have a little fun making fun of the government. During a flight last Friday, a pilot for Southwest Airlines used the viral catchphrase over his plane’s onboard intercom system.
During a flight from Houston to Albuquerque, the unidentified pilot gave a brief weather report of the flight conditions, thanked the passengers for flying with Southwest, and then said, “welcome home and Let’s Go, Brandon.”
Southwest issued a statement that said the carrier takes pride in “providing a welcoming, comfortable, and respectful environment.” The statement added that any divisive or offensive behavior is “not condoned.”
“Let’s Go Brandon” was born from an on-air statement by a sports reporter interviewing NASCAR racer Brandon Brown at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. As the crowd at the track was chanting “(expletive) Joe Biden” during the interview, the reporter misunderstood what the crowd was happily yelling as “Let’s Go Brandon.”
Since the birth of the catchphrase, several songs have been commercially recorded and have appeared on the Apple Music popularity charts. Bryson Gray’s recording of the rap tune “Let’s Go Brandon” hit number one on the Apple chart. Two other recordings about the phrase have appeared in the top 10.
As President Donald Trump and Melania Trump attended Game Four of the World Series between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros in Atlanta on Sunday, the crowd serenaded the couple with rowdy chants of “Let’s Go Brandon.” Trump appeared to let a smile slip as the crowd enjoyed themselves.
WOW – Here’s Donald Trump enjoying a “Let’s Go Brandon” chant at the World Series last night pic.twitter.com/gcDnXPI1PH
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 31, 2021
Southwest said that it does not condone employees expressing political opinions while serving customers in a further statement over the weekend. The airline said that any single staffer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of the company or its entire group of employees. The statement added that the airline was conducting an internal investigation into the “Let’s Go Brandon” event and reminded its employees that public expressions of personal opinions while on the job would not be tolerated.