Protester shouting ‘Let’s go Brandon’ interrupts Pelosi event

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Protester shouting ‘Let’s go Brandon’ interrupts Pelosi event

A protester shouting the viral anti-Biden phrase “Let’s go Brandon!” interrupted remarks by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday touting the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure spending law in her hometown of San Francisco.

Video of the incident showed Pelosi (D-Calif.) attempting to make introductions at a press conference with San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.) when an off-camera voice was heard shouting, “Let’s go Brandon,” and chanting “U-S-A!” three times. 

While several people turned to look in the direction of the heckler — including Pelosi, who briefly paused her remarks — the speaker did not acknowledge the chanting. 

The phrase “Let’s go Brandon” is used by the president’s critics as a sly substitute for “F— Joe Biden.” 

It first gained traction in October when an NBC reporter interviewing NASCAR driver Brandon Brown misheard a “F–k Joe Biden” chant from the crowd as “Let’s go Brandon.”

Republicans quickly took up the phrase and began chanting it at major events, including college football games, tongue-in-cheek rallies, and have even used it for branding

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Pelosi was speaking in her hometown of San Francisco when she was interrupted by the heckler.
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Pelosi’s appearance came one day after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) killed the president’s sweeping social spending plan known as the Build Back Better Act — and blamed overbearing White House staff for its demise. 

However, Pelosi said Monday she was hopeful that Democrats could still vote on the bill early next year. 

“This will happen. It must happen,” she told reporters. “And we will do it as soon as we can. There are conversations that are ongoing, but we cannot walk away from this commitment.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s speech
Pelosi did not acknowledge the chanting during her speech.
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“We will not let this opportunity pass,” she later added. “And I have confidence that Senator Manchin cares about our country and that, at some point very soon, we can take up the legislation. I’m not deterred at all.”

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