The man at the center of the slogan "Let's go Brandon" isn't happy with how it's being used.

Brandon Brown, the NASCAR driver who inadvertently inspired the Right's favorite chant, is not fond of how political it has become.

"I have zero desire to be involved in politics," Brown told New York Times columnist Ben Smith on Sunday.


Brown got swept up in Republican politics on Oct. 2, when he raced to a major victory at the Talladega Superspeedway. As he was celebrating his victory, there was an audible chant on NBC's stream of people yelling, "F*** Joe Biden!" The reporter interviewing him either misheard the chant or attempted to cover it up by saying they were chanting, "Let's go Brandon!"

That moment would create a slogan used today by many politically conservative voters.

Brown says he never heard the chant, instead basking in his win. It was not until later that Brown realized how political his name had become and how that could affect his career.

"I don't want ["Let's go Brandon"] to just be the substitute for a cuss-word," Brown said, only to reconsider his position. "I mean, if it's making it more polite, then, by God, I guess, go ahead."

When asked by Smith if cussing at Biden was justifiable, the driver was apprehensive. "The issue is, I don't know enough about politics to really form a true opinion, so I really focus on racing."

In an opinion piece published Monday in Newsweek, Brown wrote that he's spent time "trying to understand why millions of people are chanting my name."

"I understand that millions of people are struggling right now and are frustrated," Brown wrote. "Struggling to get by and struggling to build a solid life for themselves and their families, and wondering why their government only seems to make it worse. People have a right to frustration — even anger."


However, Brown stated explicitly that he has no interest in "leading some political fight" or endorsing candidates. Instead, he said that he would "compete hard on the racetrack and ... spotlight issues that are important to me and to millions of Americans across the country." He also encouraged fans to try a new chant: "Let's go America."