Jared Schmeck, a former police officer from Medford, Oregon, has gained notoriety after uttering “Let’s go Brandon” during a NORAD Santa tracker call with President Joe Biden on Christmas Eve. In a statement to The Oregonian, Schmeck claimed the incident was a joke and that he is being criticized for exercising his freedom of speech. The video of the conversation, which was livestreamed by the White House, was shared on YouTube by Schmeck and his wife, showing him making the anti-Biden remark while sitting with his son.
Let’s go Brandon” is a code phrase used by some Republicans as a stand-in for “f*** Joe Biden.” The phrase was popularized in October 2021, when an NBC sports reporter made a mistake and said a crowd was chanting the first name of a successful NASCAR driver, when in reality they were shouting “f*** Joe Biden.” Although the White House has not responded to the incident, Schmeck has faced criticism from some Democrats and received support from Republicans and Trump supporters on social media.
Jared Schmeck, a 35-year-old man from Oregon, who was previously a Medford police officer and now works for his father’s electrical company in Central Point, explained to The Oregonian that he meant no offense to President Biden, but feels frustrated with the job he’s doing and thinks he could do better. Schmeck, a father of four, considers himself a “free-thinking American and a follower of Jesus Christ.
Schmeck told The Oregonian that while he understands the vulgar connotation of “Let’s go Brandon,” he is not that limited in his thinking and holds no ill will towards President Biden. He described the President as a cordial individual and expressed that his use of the phrase during a NORAD Santa tracker call on Christmas Eve was simply a harmless joke meant to convey his frustration in a lighthearted manner. Schmeck stands firm in his beliefs and fully supports his actions and words.
1. Before ending the call with the infamous “Let’s go Brandon” phrase, Biden had a conversation with Jared Schmeck, an Oregon father, about the gifts his kids wanted for Christmas. Biden replied, “I agree, Let’s go Brandon” to the statement.
On Christmas Eve, as part of a longstanding tradition, President Biden and First Lady Biden participated in the NORAD Santa Tracker program by answering calls from children and their families. During one of the calls, they spoke with Jared Schmeck and his family, who had been patched through to the White House by NORAD. In the call, Schmeck jokingly said “Let’s go Brandon” at the end, not realizing that the conversation was being streamed live. The video of the call has since gone viral on YouTube, with over 300,000 views, and the White House also posted their own footage of the conversation.
Jared and Amanda Schmeck’s call with President and First Lady Biden was made public after they shared details of the conversation on social media. In a now-deleted Instagram post, Amanda wrote about her husband’s interaction with the Bidens, saying “let’s go Brandon”. Jared told The Oregonian that he didn’t expect to actually talk to the President and First Lady and thought it would be an automated response. He mentioned that he is a yearly caller of the NORAD Santa Tracker and didn’t intentionally hang up on Biden, but the call had already disconnected on the President’s end by the time he was asked about his location.
2. Schmeck stated to The Oregonian that he’s not aligned with Trump, but he wore a “Make America Great Again” hat while appearing on Steve Bannon’s podcast, who was a former adviser to Trump. He also declared on the podcast that Donald Trump is his president and claimed that the election was completely stolen
According to The Oregonian, Schmeck stated that he is not a supporter of Donald Trump, however, on December 27, he appeared on Steve Bannon’s podcast and wore a “Make America Great Again” hat, which is associated with Trump’s campaign. In his podcast appearance, Schmeck expressed his support for the former president, referring to his statement during the call with the Bidens as a joke but a serious matter. He emphasized that he is a Christian and puts his faith first, but also acknowledged his support for Donald Trump as his president and belief that the election was stolen.
Schmeck stated that “Let’s go Brandon” represents not only his dissatisfaction with President Biden but also encompasses a wider frustration with the current administration, cancel culture, mainstream media, and leftist mob. He also highlighted issues like the withdrawal from Afghanistan, supply chain disruptions, inflation, abortion, border crisis, and federal vaccine mandates as his grievances with Biden and Democrats. He further mentioned that he has appeared on conservative shows hosted by David Harris Jr. and David Medina, and will be appearing on Newsmax with Greg Kelly the same night. Schmeck expressed his gratitude for the support from his followers on his Instagram page and encouraged them to keep up the fight.
3.Jared Schmeck stepped down from his role as a police officer in the Medford Police Department in Oregon in 2018 after serving for 6 years. He declined to give a reason for his resignation and it has not been made public
According to his LinkedIn profile, Jared Schmeck was once a police officer with the Medford Police Department in Oregon. However, according to The Oregonian, he is no longer with the department. The newspaper reported that Schmeck served as a police officer for six years before resigning from the department in 2018, but did not provide further details or specify the reason for his departure.
According to The Oregonian, Schmeck worked as a police officer for the Medford Police Department in Oregon for six years before resigning in 2018. However, when asked about the reason for his resignation, Schmeck declined to provide an explanation. No public reports have been made that disclose the reason for Schmeck’s departure from the police department. His tenure as a police officer in Medford began in April 2012 and ended in July 2018.
Additionally, the Medford Police Department in Oregon has remained silent regarding the unexpected fame of their former officer, Jared Schmeck. They have not made any statement or responded to the numerous social media inquiries regarding the viral video. Meanwhile, the Medford Police Department in Massachusetts did acknowledge the confusion, issuing a tweet reminding people that their account is not monitored 24/7 and to call 911 in case of an emergency.
4. Jared Schmeck is employed at Winema Electric, a company located in Klamath Falls, Oregon, that is founded on Christian principles and is owned by his father, Bill Schmeck. The company received financial aid from the Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Jared Schmeck is employed at Winema Electric, a company based in Klamath Falls, Oregon, that is owned by his father, William “Bill” Schmeck. The company’s website states that it operates under Christian values. Schmeck received his associate’s degree in electrical science from Mazama High School in 2004 and served as an electrical apprentice with Winema Electric before becoming a police officer. Information about this can be found on his now-deleted social media accounts.
Winema Electric, the company where Schmeck works, has had its website password-protected due to the recent attention surrounding their employee. On their website, the company states that they are “grounded in Christian values” and aim to exceed expectations in the electrical industry by providing a superior level of service.
According to the company’s website, Winema Electric aims to establish a work environment based on Christian values and create long-lasting relationships with employees, customers, and the community. The company’s goal is to provide a high standard of service, foster a positive and safe work environment, and inspire everyone to do the right thing in accordance with Christian principles.
Jared Schmeck is employed by Winema Electric as an office administrator and safety coordinator, according to the company’s website. The firm, which is located in Klamath Falls, Oregon, is owned by his father William “Bill” Schmeck and also employs his mother Cindy Schmeck. Bill Schmeck is the president of the company and boasts 30 years of experience as an electrician, as well as being a Navy veteran.
According to ProPublica’s database, Winema Electric received $439,923 in Paycheck Protection Program funds from the Small Business Administration as part of the COVID-19 relief efforts, with the funds being approved in April 2020 and later fully forgiven by the government. The company employs a total of 24 individuals.
5. Jared Schmeck and his wife Amanda have been married since 2008
Jared Schmeck and Amanda Sales Schmeck tied the knot at Eastman Gardens in Grants Pass, Oregon, in 2018, as per their social media accounts and a wedding announcement. During the call with President Biden, it was mentioned that the Schmecks have two sons, Grant and Hunter, and two daughters, Penelope and Piper. The Schmecks’ YouTube channel, where Jared posted the video with Biden, was established in 2018 and features their family’s adventures in collecting and playing different trading card games, including Pokémon, Digimon, and Cardfight! Vanguard. The channel’s about section reads, “We open and play the Pokémon TCG, Digimon, Cardfight! Vanguard and a bunch of other card games!!”
Following the nationwide attention and scrutiny, both positive and negative, Schmeck and his wife have taken down or made private much of their social media presence. Amanda Schmeck has removed her Instagram page, while both of them have deleted their Facebook pages. Schmeck also deleted his LinkedIn profile, and other family members have also made similar changes to their online presence. However, Schmeck has since created a new Instagram account, @therealjaredschmeck, to showcase his appearances in right-wing media.
Additionally, the incident involving Schmeck is not the first time that a President’s NORAD duty has attracted attention on social media. In 2018, former President Donald Trump received criticism after he enquired about a 7-year-old’s belief in Santa Claus during a phone call as part of the NORAD duty.
NPR reports that during a 2018 NORAD call, former President Donald Trump had a conversation with a 7-year-old girl and asked her if she still believed in Santa Claus. He then questioned her school performance and Christmas plans. The tradition of taking NORAD calls has been in place since 1955, as per the same source.