Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) made her own political fashion statement that trolled Democrats’ catastrophic Election Day loss and also ridiculed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) infamous “Tax The Rich” dress, donning a red dress emblazoned with the phrase “Let’s Go, Brandon,” a popular clean chant version as a snub to President Biden.
Boebert sported the showy red dress in an event held by former President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago Thursday. In a tweet, Boebart shared a photo of her wardrobe as she posed with her back to the camera with Trump. The Colorado congresswoman version adorned in white lettering that ran down her back showcasing the now-notoriously anti-Biden slogan.
“It’s not a phrase, it’s a movement! #LGB,” Boebert captioned the tweet post sharing the picture with her and Trump.
The red “Let’s Go Brandon” dress was designed by Andre Soriano, the man behind Joy Villa’s infamous “Make America Great Again” gown the singer wore to the 2017 Grammys.
The tweet from Boebert came two days after Republicans made several upsets across the nation from Tuesday’s Election Day win. In Virginia, Republicans snatched up all three statewide offices — governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general and flipped the Commonwealth House of Delegates from Democrats in a state Biden had won by ten points just around the same time last year. The results of the Republican winning was the biggest upset of the night, with over rural counties turning out in full force. Republicans won over 70 percent of 45 counties and surpassed 80 percent in 15 of those counties, outpacing Trump’s 2020 performance and reduced Biden’s gains in communities just outside Washington and Richmond.
In perhaps an even bigger stunner occurred in New Jersey with the Republican almost edging a win against the Democratic incumbent, another state the president won largerly last year by 16 points. In a local race in the Garden State, the results has become one of the most political upsets in campaign history when a little known Republican truck driver toppled the “most feared political kingpin” Democrat for the race of New Jersey State Senate. The Republican spent only $157 on his campaign, mostly on Dunkin Donuts and defeated the longest serving Senate President by about 2,100 votes out of some 64,000 cast, according to unofficial results.
Meanwhile, across the country the red wave continued with balllot initiatives to local judicial elections showing voters rejecting “Defund the Police” efforts. From New York with Republican winning two highly anticipate District Attorneys in Nassau and Suffolk counties to Minneapolis with voters overwhelming voting against eliminating the police department in their city and replacing them with Public Safety. In the most high-profile race in Seattle, a Republican defeated a police abolitionist progressive for the race of City Attorney in one of the most liberal city in America.
The outcomes combined by the numerous unexpected wins was widely seen as a referendum of Biden’s ten month dismal presidency and offered Democrats a stark warning heading into next year midterm.
“It’s not just a phrase, it’s a movement, right? And people are sick and tired of this administration and all the destructive things they’ve done, especially to our economy, and the way that they express that right now is with ‘Let’s go, Brandon,'” Boebert’s communication director Ben Stout said in a statement.
“The meeting with President Trump went phenomenal. The dress made President Trump smile. He loved it. Congresswoman Boebert has been a leader of the Make America Great Again movement and a leader for pushing President Trump’s agenda forward in Congress. And so the meeting went phenomenally well,” Stout added. “They discussed how destructive the Biden administration has been and the importance of putting President Trump’s policies in place so that we can get America back on track.”
The political fashion statement Boebart made with her own dress with the placement of the slogan was an apparent diss to mock the dress that Ocasio-Cortez wore to the Met Gala in September. The firebrand progressive attended the $35,000-a-person high-profile event filled with famous rich celebrities and wore a white, strapless gown designed by Brother Velliesa. In the back, “Tax the Rich” was printed in red lettering.
Ocasio-Cortez was quickly slammed after sharing pictures of her dress on social media with some calling the progressive a fraud. She defended her attendance to the elite gala, claiming “New York elected officials are routinely invited” as it is part of her “responbilities” to attend.
The backstory of the viral catchphrase “Let’s Go Brandon” directly translates to “F–K Joe Biden.” It originated back on October 2 during the NASCAR Talladega Super speedway when NBC Sports reporter Kelli Stavast was interviewing race car driver Brandon Brown who’d just scored his first Xfinity Series with his first-place finish. As the interview was conducted live on air, NASCAR fans in the grandstand were chanting in unison “F**K Joe Biden.” Stevast apparently oblivious said the fans were chanting “Let’s Go, Brandon,” in honor of Brown’s win. But it was not exactly what the crowd were chanting as anyone watching the clip could clearly hear the three-word exhortation towards Biden.
The exact interview clip and audio quickly spread like wildfire across social media and the catchphrase has gone on to become a code phrase repurposed in all sorts of ways. The phrase also attributes to the media bias by distorting the truth when it comes to covering the Biden’s presidency and downplaying the dismal approval and performance numbers following a slew of crises created under his watch.
Since then, Conservatives are adding the slogan using the hashtag #LetsGoBrandon to their post when criticizing Biden, crowds in all kinds of settings from sports fans to protest are chanting or holding posters with the phrase, to even being featured on billboards on highways all across the country.
Merchandise of all kinds, from shirts, hoodies, red caps, coffee mugs, and even masks embellished with the anti-Biden slogan are being sold by conservative news sites to a multitude of vendors such as Amazon and Etsy. Even former President Trump has joined in on the trend, with his campaign team selling “Let’s Go Brandon” limited-edition T-shirts as well as selling the original derogatory slogan, but abbreviated “#FJB” emblazoned with Biden’s face and a similar design to the NASCAR logo tees in return for any campaign donation of $45 or more.
The code phrase lampooning Biden has also made it into the halls of Congress. Florida Rep. Bill Posey ended his House floor speech on Oct. 21 saying, “Let’s Go Brandon!” after blasting Biden’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better plan agenda.
South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan was seen wearing a “Let’s Go Brandon” face mask at the Capitol last month
Biden’s first term has also taken a bad rap with the phrase inspiring into a hit rap song by rapper Loza Alexander. The song was first featured as an anthem on TikTok before becoming a hit track. The song composed in the aftermath of the NBC-NASCAR debacle rising #1 on the iTunes hip-hop charts and #2 on the overall iTunes Top 10 chart within days of its release until late October. For the week of November 6, Alexander’s song reached number 38 on Billboard Hot 100.
Another rap version with the same title was released a week after Alexander’s song by rapper Bryson Gray, an avowed Trump supporter featuring Tyson James and Chandler Crump. The song from Gray also topped the charts with his version being one spot ahead of Alexander’s original extended version of the song and pushing British superstar Adele’s comeback song after 6 years “Easy On Me” to third place.
Since both versions began breaking records and rising to song charts quicker than big-name liberal superstars, tech companies are now banning the song from being shared on their platform. The track from Gray was banned on both YouTube for violating community guidelines for what they claimed the song was spreading “harmful false information” about COVID since it features the line: “Pandemic ain’t real, they just planned it,” and “Biden said the jab stop the spread, it was lies.”
Meanwhile, Alexander’s song is still available on YouTube, garnishing almost 5 million views but TikTok has threatened to remove the viral video, informing the rapper that his content was in violation of “harassment and bullying.”
Boebert has continued being a vocal critic of her Democratic colleagues, especially towards Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow Squad members over their progressive efforts to push Biden’s economic and domestic agenda.