Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (AP) —Brandon Brown inadvertently raised the chant used to insult President Joe Biden with his first career victory at NASCAR, after “Let’s Go, Brandon. I wanted a way to change the story behind the message.
Brown found a new message thanks to the family of an eight-year-old child with autism.
Brandon Brandigi of Cottage Grove, Minnesota went on a spring vacation trip to Houston in March and saw a sign with the slogan “Let’s go, Brandon.” Brandigi believed that the sign was intended to encourage him. As a result, he began trying activities he had never tried before, such as learning to swim and removing training wheels from his bicycle.
His mother, Sherettablandage, used the story to write a children’s book entitled “Brandon Finds His Sign.”Brown had the cover of Brandigi’s book on his Camaro hood for him Xfinity series race Saturday in Road America.
“Achieving this was like a milestone for us,” Brown said. “This is positive. This is good. It doesn’t have to be hatred or division.”
This division began after Brown gained his first career at NASCAR last October.
Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway spectators chanted “F — Joe Biden” in a post-race interview with the winner. NBC Sports reporter Kelli Stavast mistakenly told Brown that fans were chanting “Let’s go, Brandon.”
From that point on, “Let’s go, Brandon” became the cry of a rally of Biden critics, with signs everywhere to convey that message. Brown unintentionally found himself in the midst of a fire storm surrounding these chants.
“I wanted to be able to do that positively. I was able to get my name back and it didn’t become that divisive and scary. Race,” Brown said.
There, the Brundigge family set foot.
Sherettablandage is the mother of four children, three of whom have autism. She is writing a book for children Focus on each of them. She said Brandon often dealt with social unrest.
It changed after she saw all the “Let’s go, Brandon” signs and thought people were rooting for him. He suddenly took a whole new attitude and wasn’t too shy to try new things.
“He literally wanted me to raise a flag in front of my house.’Let’s Go Brandon’, recalled Xereta Brandige.” I’m right. “That wouldn’t happen. We do not put these flags in front of the house. “
Brown learned about this book from his mother and invited the Brandiges to Road America.They met in person for the first time this weekend, and The two Brandons have become fast friends.
“I feel like I have twin brothers, but I’m older than me,” said Brandon Brandigi.
Brundidges distributed a copy of “Brandon Spots His Sign” in Road America. The cover design of this book adorned Brown’s car, but he was knocked out of the race on Saturday after being involved in multiple car accidents, being inspected and released from the Infield Care Center.
Finally, someone found a way to unite the “Let’s go, Brandon” chanting rather than split it.
“We apologize for what you have experienced over the past year,” Xereta Brandige told Brown on Saturday. “I know it’s terrible, but I’m very happy that it happened because this kid didn’t have this breakthrough (otherwise). He still You would be afraid to ride a bike without training wheels. He literally walks to the kids and distributes this book. He wouldn’t (previously) do it. “
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