“This whole Talladega race win was supposed to be a celebration, and then it was supposed to be something that I was able to use to move up, and I really wanted to capitalize on that,” Brown told Smith.
Brown also said that he had “zero desire to be involved in politics.”
A spokesman for Brown’s racing team had also reached out to Smith when they realised that waiting for the “storm” to cease wasn’t working and said that “[Brown’s] silence on the matter seemed to be a political statement.”
People on social media had a lot to say as Brown’s LGBCoin deal seemed to have turned this into a positive moment for him.
“Why did he lie and say he hated that the phrase was associated with his name and that he was having a hard time getting sponsors as a result?” someone wrote.
“I want to see who your other sponsors are so I can boycott them,” another added.
A third wrote: “I’m old enough to remember when @brandonbrown_68 made a huge media tour saying he didn’t want to be associated with LGB....quite the turn of events here. To each their own, and folks have the right to say whatever they want...but don’t say one thing and do another.”
While seemingly attempting to take a dunk on Let’s Go Brandon fans, former CBS anchor Dan Rather tweeted out his own take on the chant.
“#LetsGoBrandonReallyMeans “You can’t handle the truth,” he wrote.
This didn’t go over too well as people called him out on his past.
Rather stepped down from his anchor role at CBS after airing a report that allegedly showcased forged documents that questioned President Bush’s service while in the National Guard.
Check out some other responses below.
@brandonbrown_68 That’s embarrassing. I’m embarrassed for you. @NASCAR should be ashamed.
The Let’s Go Brandon chant occurred after NBC reporter Kelli Stavast assumed that the crowd was chanting “Let’s go Brandon!” in support of Brown’s win at the Nascar race at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway. However, the crowd was actually shouting, “F*** Joe Biden.”