San Francisco firefighter wearing ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ T-shirt violated uniform policy
A San Francisco firefighter seen wearing a T-shirt while on duty with the conservative catchphrase “Let’s Go Brandon” written on it violated department policy, a spokesman said.
The city employee was captured in a photo posted to Twitter on Saturday in a dark blue T-shirt that resembled the San Francisco Fire Department’s official shirts, but had the message posted on the back. The photo shows him standing next to two other firefighters across the street from a firetruck.
“The San Francisco Fire Department was made aware via social media of an employee wearing a non SFFD tee-shirt while on duty,” said SFFD spokesman Jonathan Baxter in a statement. “This violates the Department’s uniform policy and does not reflect the views and opinions of the San Francisco Fire Department.”
A memo describing no-fly rules went to L.A. County Sheriff’s Department employees. Someone tacked on a new ending.
Baxter said the department took immediate action and would follow internal and city policies to manage the situation.
The catchphrase on the T-shirt is a meme used by conservatives to insult President Biden. The cryptic jeer originated after Brandon Brown won a NASCAR race in Alabama in October 2021, when fans were chanting “F— Joe Biden,” but a television journalist said they might be chanting, “Let’s Go Brandon.”
Since then, numerous Republican members of Congress have used the phrase.
“The fact is we have a uniform policy,” said Daniel Gracia, president of San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798. “You’re supposed to wear your department-issued department-certified equipment.”
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