The president of NASCAR has finally broken his silence on the “Let’s Go Brandon” chants.
The chants, which originated at a NASCAR race last month, have spread throughout the country.
At times, they have even replaced the “F*** Joe Biden” chants, which it is code for.
Instead of appreciating a more lighthearted chant from fans, NASCAR president Steve Phelps is angry about it.
Phelps has openly denounced the chants, and even vowed to take legal action against unauthorized use of the NASCAR logo in association with the chants.
Phelps said of the new trend: “I think, unfortunately, it speaks to the state of where we are as a country. We do not want to associate ourselves with politics, the left or the right.”
In regards to the NASCAR logo, he also said: “It’s not OK that you’re using our trademarks illegally, regardless of whether we agree with what the position is.”
Here's more on the NASCAR president's stance on the "Let's go Brandon" chants from Fox News:
"It’s an unfortunate situation and I feel for Brandon, I feel for Kelli," Steve Phelps, NASCAR's president, said Friday in comments that were confirmed by NASCAR to Fox News. "I think, unfortunately, it speaks to the state of where we are as a country. We do not want to associate ourselves with politics, the left or the right."
Additionally, Phelps said that NASCAR will crack down on social media users who use its logo to promote the trend.
"We will pursue whoever (is using logos) and get that stuff," Phelps said. "That’s not OK. It’s not OK that you’re using our trademarks illegally, regardless of whether we agree with what the position is."
Phelps said he will crack down on social media use of NASCAR's logo in affiliation with the chants.
What that actually means remains to be seen.
MSNBC has more:
NASCAR denounced its association with the “Let’s go, Brandon” political cry being used across the country as an insult directed at President Joe Biden. Steve Phelps, NASCAR’s president, said Friday the top motorsports series in the United States does not want to be associated with politics "on the left or the right."
Phelps also said NASCAR will pursue action against any illegal use of its trademarks on merchandise boasting the slogan. Retired baseball star Lenny Dykstra posted a photo on Twitter this week of a man eating breakfast at a New Jersey hotel wearing a black "Let’s go, Brandon" shirt alongside NASCAR's trademarked color bars.
Something tells me that this isn't going to go the way that Phelps or NASCAR intends...
If Phelps is trying to put a hauIt to the chant before it spreads, I think it's already too late...
Maybe they think they have 15 days to slow the spread?