TED Cruz appeared to take a coded shot at President Joe Biden on Sunday after sharing a video of him chanting "Let's Go Brandon" at a baseball game.
The Texas Republican Senator shared the clip on Twitter yesterday evening, in which he is seen standing next to a Houston Astros fan, who says: "Let's Go, Brandon. Say it. Say it!"
Cruz laughs and pauses to gather himself. He then raises a finger towards the camera and obliges the fan's request.
The video was originally posted to TikTok but Cruz later retweeted the clip on Twitter with a shrugging emoji.
The chant "Let's Go Brandon" is a meme used to lampoon President Biden which has gone viral in the conservative corners of social media over the last few weeks.
It originates from an interview that NBC sports reporter Kelli Stavast shared with NASCAR driver Brandon Brown following his victory at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway on October 9.
During the interview, the crowd could be heard chanting "F**k Joe Biden" in the background, which Stavast seemingly misheard as "Let's go Brandon!"
"Brandon, you also told me — as you can hear the chants from the crowd, ‘Let’s go, Brandon’ — Brandon, you told me you were gonna kinda hang back those first two stages and just watch and learn," Stavast told Brown during the interview. "What did you learn that helped you in those closing laps?"
The interview quickly went viral on social media, with some users speculating the reporter was intentionally trying to cover up what the crowd was chanting.
From that point onwards, the chant became a calling card for opponents of Biden during sporting events, as the president's approval rating continues to dip in recent months.
The phrase has also found its way onto merchandise that's being sold online.
At a recent Georgia-Auburn college football game, one person rented a plane to fly a banner with the "Let's go Brandon!' phrase written on it above the stadium.
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Donald Trump Jr. even shared a meme featuring Biden and the Russian leader Vladimir Putin with his 5.2 million Instagram followers. "Name's Joe but my friends call me Brandon," it said.
Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren similarly tweeted: "Inflation, shortages, mandates and illegals, Let's go Brandon!!!!"
An anti-Biden rap song inspired by the chant has also worked its way to the iTunes hip-hop chart.
Rapper Loza Alexander's track "Let's Go Brandon" was ranked at No.2 on the iTunes Top Songs list and No. 1 on its Top Hip-Hop/Rap Songs list as of Monday afternoon.
The track includes the lyrics “Don’t nobody like his a**, huh? / Tried to cover up, but tell the people, go Brandon / But we know what they sayin’, though | You can hear the chant in every post.”
“LOZA TRAIN TAKING OVER THE WORLD!!!!” Alexander tweeted Friday as his song was going viral.
Previous releases by Alexander also lean heavily toward a Republican audience.
His 2021 album, “M*GA Man,” features songs titled “Voter Fraud/Fraud” and “Wake Up America” along with explicit tracks directed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris.
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