Wednesday, December 8, 2021

NASCAR Condemns ‘Let’s Go, Brandon’ Conservative Rally Cry

AVONDALE, Ariz. (NWN) – NASCAR denounces its association with “Let’s Go, Brandon” Political cries across the country are being used as an insult to President Joe Biden. NASCAR President Steve Phelps said Friday that the top motorsports chain in the United States does not want to engage in “left or right” politics.

Phelps also said that NASCAR will take action against any illegal use of its trademark on a business claiming the slogan. retired baseball star Lenny Dykstra posted a picture on Twitter This week a man has breakfast at a New Jersey hotel wearing a “Let’s Go, Brandon” shirt emblazoned with NASCAR’s trademark colored stripes.

“We’ll chase down whatever (the logo we’re using) and get that stuff,” Phelps said. “It’s not OK. It’s not OK that you’re using our trademark illegally, whether we agree with this position or not.”

Brandon Brown won his first career NASCAR race in Alabama in October, and the Talladega Superspeedway crowd chanted “F—Joe Biden” at the Xfinity Series race during Brown’s interview. It was unclear whether NBC Sports reporter Kelly Stavast, who was wearing a headset, could hear what the crowd was saying during the interview, and she incorrectly told Brown that fans were cheering “Come on, Brandon”. .

The phrase has become a rallying cry for critics of Biden, and “Let’s go, Brandon” is now conservative code for the original obscene chant.

“It’s an unfortunate situation and I feel for Brandon, I feel for Kelly,” Phelps said. “I think unfortunately it speaks volumes about where we are as a country. We don’t want to associate ourselves with left or right politics.”

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It’s a reversal in NASCAR’s long history to allow political candidates to use their races as the campaign kicks off. President Donald Trump was the honorary starter at the Daytona 500 in 2020 and the sold-out February crowd made NASCAR’s Super Bowl feel like a campaign rally until his plane took off at Florida Speedway following his command to start the engines Filled.

Drivers and their families posed for selfies with Trump before the race, and early 2016 Cup champion Chase Elliott was among a handful of drivers who attended a Georgia rally in support of Trump, along with then-NASCAR President Brian France Was. Several people in the group spoke on stage, including NASCAR’s most popular driver.

NASCAR took an aggressive stance on social justice issues during a nationwide racial count following the death of George Floyd in 2020. NASCAR banned the display of the Confederate flag at its events at the request of its only black full-time driver, Bubba Wallace. Wallace wore an “I can’t breathe” shirt on Pitt Road and ran a race with the Black Lives Matter paint scheme.

Phelps said NASCAR respects the office of the president.

“Do we like the fact that it started with NASCAR and then is gaining ground elsewhere? No, we’re not happy with that,” Phelps said.

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