Joe Biden greeted with 'let's go, Brandon' chants, Trump flags during Kentucky visit
President Joe Biden was in Kentucky to inspect tornado damage in the state
While inspecting tornado damage in Kentucky on Wednesday, December 15, President Joe Biden was greeted with "Let's go, Brandon!" jeers. After stepping out of his motorcade in Mayfield, Biden was welcomed with a Trump flag and someone screamed twice, "Let's go, Brandon!"
The jeers served as a reminder that Kentucky is a fiercely red state, but Biden ignored them and offered government assistance to deal with the consequences of the storm. During his speech, the president emphasized that scores of others remain unaccounted for, in addition to the 74 persons confirmed dead in Kentucky and 14 more in other states.
He went on to say that for the first 30 days, the federal government will bear 100% of the recovery costs. In the aftermath of the tornado, the president also mentioned how people are suffering "mentally and emotionally." "On the battlefield in Afghanistan and Iraq, people talk about post-traumatic stress," Biden added. "Well, guess what there's a lot of post-traumatic stress that comes from lying in your house and all of a sudden the roof gets blown off and you wonder whether your kids are around. The shock of losing a home or business, the grief of losing someone. It's happening just before the holiday season. We're going to make sure you have all the help you need," he promised.
I’m in Kentucky today to meet with local leaders and to survey the damage from the tornadoes and extreme weather. It will take all of us, working together, to recover and begin rebuilding — and we are committed to providing whatever support is needed for however long it takes.— President Biden (@POTUS) December 15, 2021
When the president arrived at Fort Campbell, he chatted with Governor Andy Beshear before receiving a storm briefing at a Mayfield airport. The president, who was joined by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, advised state and municipal officials not to be afraid to seek the federal government's help.
Biden was given an aerial tour of the devastation in Mayfield, followed by a ground inspection of the wreckage. Later, he was expected to inspect the devastation in Dawson Springs. "I’m in Kentucky today to meet local leaders and to survey the damage from the tornadoes and extreme weather," Biden tweeted earlier. "It will take all of us, working together, to recover and begin rebuilding — and we are committed to providing whatever support is needed for however long it takes."
In October, the anti-Biden phrase 'let's go, Brandon' became viral after an NBC reporter at a NASCAR Xfinity Series race claimed that spectators in the grandstand were yelling "Let's Go Brandon" after driver Brandon Brown won when they were actually saying "F**k Joe Biden." It's now become a huge anti-Biden rallying cry, with chants heard at concerts, athletic events even churches.