Jared Schmeck, an Oregon resident and former police officer who went viral in a video last week when he called President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden while ‘tracking Santa’ at NORAD to say “Let’s Go, Brandon,” is considering his next career.
That would be ‘elected politician.’
Schmeck told “The Todd Starnes Show” regarding a potential future run for office, “I want to pray about it, see what God has for me.”
“At the end of the day, I want His will for my life and the direction that it goes,” he said.
“And I strongly believe that standing up is the right thing to do here as long as that message that I’m portraying is glorifying His name. And yeah, I’ll see where it goes,” he added.
Schmeck’s phone call with Biden on December 24 made viral headlines after his, “Let’s Go, Brandon,” shout-out led the president to respond, “Let’s go Brandon. I agree.”
Joe and Jill Biden took calls from the NORAD Tracks Santa program and a dad ended the call by saying, “Merry Christmas, and let’s go Brandon.”
“Let’s go Brandon, I agree,” Biden replied. pic.twitter.com/K4q0jIB6ww
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) December 24, 2021
Many Americans found the play on the original “F*** Joe Biden” phrase to be a funny headline, but liberal activists and Democrats criticized Schmeck’s joke.
“Don’t waste your time on the pathetic dad who humiliated his family to say F-U to the president on Christmas Eve. He’s irrelevant.” California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell tweeted.
“Spend your time asking why Republican leaders are celebrating him. This isn’t my parents’ Republican Party. This new crew are indecent to their core,” he added.
Don’t waste your time on the pathetic dad who humiliated his family to say F-U to the president on Christmas Eve. He’s irrelevant. Spend your time asking why Republican leaders are celebrating him. This isn’t my parents’ Republican Party. This new crew are indecent to their core. https://t.co/DQdMR6HnMN
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) December 26, 2021
Previously, The Daily Wire reported multiple threats against Schmeck after the call:
Schmeck told The Oregonian/Oregon Live that he has received threats since making the comment, but says that he meant no ill will against the president and doesn’t even dislike him — he only meant to voice his frustrations in what he perceived as a “joking manner.”
“At the end of the day, I have nothing against Mr. Biden, but I am frustrated because I think he can be doing a better job. I mean no disrespect to him,” Schmeck said. He told the outlet that he did not think of himself as a “Trumper,” instead describing himself as a “free-thinking American and follower of Jesus Christ.”
He also said that the opportunity to speak to President Biden directly was unexpected — he and his family have called the NORAD Santa Tracker hotline every Christmas Eve for years, and he had expected the call to be automated and had not expected it to be livestreamed.
“We just waited on hold and then they answered. And I thought, ‘wow, this is real,’” he said.
Immediately after the call, Schmeck’s wife reportedly outed him on Instagram, saying, “My husband may or may not have just told joe and jill Biden ‘let’s go Brandon’ on the phone.”