GOP Congressman Wears 'Let's Go Brandon' Mask in House Chamber

South Carolina congressman Jeff Duncan wore a mask featuring the new conservative meme "Let's Go Brandon" on the House floor, with the slogan adopted by Donald Trump supporters in replacement of the "f**k Joe Biden" chant.

Duncan, who has been a frequent critic of mask mandates throughout the pandemic, was seen wearing the mask in the nation's capital on Monday.

Punchbowl News founder Jake Sherman tweeted that Duncan had walked off the floor wearing a "Let's Go Brandon" mask. Duncan replied to the tweet from his official account with an emoji of a face wearing a mask.

Politico's Olivia Beavers later posted a photo of Duncan wearing the mask in question.


— Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) October 25, 2021

Spotted at House votes: GOP Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC wearing a mask with a phrase that Republicans are using in place of F*** Joe Biden.

— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) October 26, 2021

In a statement to Newsweek about why he wore the mask, Duncan said: "The American people are furious.

"We're tired of open borders, with record-high numbers of illegals entering our country and record-low numbers of immigration arrests. We're tired of having inflation eat away at our savings and make the necessities of life even more expensive. We're tired of government edicts like vaccine mandates trampling over our civil liberties by forcing people to either take a shot or lose their livelihood. We're tired of a President who leaves Americans behind enemy lines in Afghanistan.

"The whole 'Let's Go Brandon' trend acknowledges the mainstream media's constant shilling for an Administration that is responsible for all of these things—and only in 10 months. Americans are fed up, and we're making our voices heard."

Speaking to The Seneca Journal, Oconee Democratic Party chairwoman Jody Gaulin condemned Duncan's actions. "Not only does Jeff Duncan not deliver for the people of the third district—I cannot think of a thing he has truly done—he now sports a vulgar slogan on his mask and walks off the floor," Gaulin said.

"The hypocrisy of the Faith and Freedom BBQ is exposed!"

The "Let's go Brandon" phrase is being used by conservatives as a thinly veiled attack on the president and is linked to the "f**k Joe Biden" chants that have been heard at sports grounds and other public events for several weeks.

The slogan originates from when NBC Sports reporter Kelli Stavast claimed during a live broadcast that the NASCAR crowd were chanting "let's go Brandon" in response to Brandon Brown's victory at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, and not the offensive chant attacking Biden.

Since then a number of right-wing figures have used "Let's Go Brandon" as a way to mock the president without using expletive language.

On October 21, Florida congressman Bill Posey ended his speech on the House floor with "let's go Brandon" after speaking out against Biden's "Build Back Better" bill.

Trump's Save America PAC group sold T-shirts with a picture of Biden with "Let's Go Brandon" accompanying it on its website, and a "Let's Go Brandon" song by Loza Alexander, which mixes footage of the original NASCAR interview, has now been viewed more nearly 3.5 million times on YouTube.

Another "Let's Go Brandon" song by rapper Bryson Gray climbed to the top of the charts on iTunes but was removed by YouTube for spreading "medical misinformation" due to lyrics falsely claiming the COVID-19 pandemic was a hoax.

Jeff Duncan mask
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) speaks to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on January 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Duncan was seen wearing a "Let's go Brandon" mask on the House floor on Monday. Scott Olson/Getty Images

UPDATE 10/27/21 4:04 a.m. ET: This article was updated to include comment form Duncan.

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