An Oregon man who trolled President Joe Biden on Christmas Eve by saying "Let's go Brandon" at the end of a NORAD Santa tracker call is open to a run for office one day.

Jared Schmeck, a father of four in Central Point, Oregon, said he would pray on it when asked Tuesday if he has any political ambitions on the Todd Starnes Show.

“I want to get through this. I want to pray about it, see what God has for me,” he said, according to a clip published by Mediaite. “At the end of the day, I want His will for my life and the direction that it goes ... And I strongly believe that standing up is the right thing to do here as long as that message that I’m portraying is glorifying His name. And yeah, I’ll see where it goes once I get out of this tornado.”


Host Todd Starnes noted that if Schmeck does run for political office, he'd likely "be invited to a certain place in Florida," alluding to former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

"I would be honored," Schmeck replied.

Schmeck became a viral sensation when he and his family called into the NORAD Santa tracker, which he says they do every Christmas Eve, and they ended up on the phone with the president and first lady Jill Biden.

At the end of an otherwise polite conversation, Schmeck wished the first family a merry Christmas before saying, "Let's go Brandon," which has become a popular phrase to criticize or mock Biden in conservative circles. The president did not appear phased by what he heard. "Let's go Brandon, I agree," Biden replied. Biden then asked if he was calling from Oregon, but the call ended.

The Oregonian/OregonLive, which interviewed Schmeck on Christmas, reported he is a 35-year-old working for an electric company and a former Medford police officer who resigned in July 2018 after six years. The news site noted Schmeck declined to say why he left the force.

Although that report said Schmeck claimed he is not a "Trumper" but a "free-thinking American and follower of Jesus Christ," Schmeck told Trump ally Steve Bannon on Monday some media reports falsely claim he does not support Trump.


“Donald Trump is my president, and he should still be president right now. The election was 100% stolen. So, I just want to make that clear," he said.

Schmeck said he did not actually expect to get on the phone with the Bidens, but once he did, he wanted to voice his "disapproval" with the president and his administration. He cited issues such as the Afghanistan withdrawal, abortion policies, and the economy as underlying frustrations.

Schmeck also told Bannon he is receiving messages of support but also "threats" on his phone.

The "Let's go Brandon" phrase originated on Oct. 2 from an interview between an NBC News sports reporter and Brandon Brown, a NASCAR driver. NASCAR fans behind the reporter chanted, "F*** Joe Biden," but the reporter said they were saying, "Let's go Brandon."

Among those to publicly criticize Schmeck for making the comment was Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat.

"I refuse to believe we are this indecent as people. Not on Christmas Eve. And not to a person who lost his wife and daughter at Christmastime. We are better than this. Be kind and #MerryChristmas," Swalwell tweeted.