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WATCH: “Lets Go Brandon” Christmas Call Results In Natural Consequences, Jared Schmeck Complains He’s Being Persecuted

WATCH: “Lets Go Brandon” Christmas Call Results In Natural Consequences, Jared Schmeck Complains He’s Being Persecuted

The freedom of speech is enshrined in the United States Constitution, and offers strong protection against government persecution for political speech. It ensures that a journalist can honestly report on the actions of a president, and not be imprisoned for it. It ensures that a challenging candidate can speak candidly about an incumbent. It also protects the right of any citizen to openly criticize the government, even vulgarly or inappropriately, without facing prosecution.

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 24: U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden participate in an event to call NORAD and track the path of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Building on December 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. The president and first lady also called to speak to Americans and thank military families. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

However, the First Amendment does not, contrary to a seemingly-common misunderstanding, protect one from social consequences of speech. A Christmas Eve prankster is finding this out as his call with President Joe Biden results in resercussions.

Jared Schmeck says he didn’t expect to speak to the president when he and his kids called NORAD’s Santa tracker, but when he was connected to Biden, he engaged in a brief cordial conversation before declaring, “Let’s go Brandon!” on the live broadcast. He then posted it on his own YouTube channel.

Now he’s being publicly criticized for the call, which is viewed as particularly inappropriate since “Let’s go Brandon” is MAGA code for “F*** Joe Biden,” and was on a broadcast aimed at children.

According to OregonLive, Schmeck says he’s not a “Trumper” and that he just thinks Biden could be doing a better job, but since posting the video on his YouTube channel, he says he’s been facing backlash. In fact, his family’s business, which he joined after resigning as a police officer in 2018, may be feeling the heat too. A screenshot below shows the company website has been set to ‘private.’

[Screenshot via Winema Electric]

Social media pages connected to the company are also appearing as unavailable or private.

Schmeck has indicated he’s feeling attacked for exercising his free speech — but he’s not getting a lot of sympathy.

Schreck’s stunt has also called a lot of public attention to his exit of the police force, which he hasn’t stated a reason for, and has internet sleuths on the hunt for any scandal or secret surrounding the decision.

Schreck described some phone calls as “vague but threatening,” and of course neither harassment nor threats are protected speech, or acceptable behavior. However, the reviews on his family business, the Twitter trending, and the broad backlash all are — they’re as protected as his own “Let’s Go Biden.”

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