SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco Fire Department firefighter is facing disciplinary action after a tweet on Saturday showed him wearing a “Let’s Go Brandon” T-shirt on official department business, according to KPIX-5.
The tweet, which tagged San Francisco Mayor London Breed, San Francisco District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and the SFFD public information officer, had photos of the firefighter, along with two others, at Noe and 18th streets, asking: “[I]s this the new official uniform of the SFFD?”
Less than an hour later, the SFFD PIO responded on Twitter, “This is not the official uniform of the SFFD. This will be handled immediately. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.”
This is not the official uniform of the SFFD. This will be handled immediately. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. https://t.co/lCRl5ywjyE
— SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT MEDIA (@SFFDPIO) September 24, 2022
The “Let’s Go Brandon” slogan has become a conservative rally cry that is code for “F—k Joe Biden.” The phrase originated after NASCAR driver Brandon Brown won his first race in October 2021. During an interview with Brown, a TV reporter mistakenly thought that chants of “F—k Joe Biden” were “Let’s Go, Brandon.”
“The Department of Human Relations process will be followed related to this incident,” Lt. Baxter, the SFFD public information officer, told KPIX-5. He added that the firefighter, who has yet to be identified, should have been wearing “a uniform shirt or department-approved and issued t-shirt,” and not a shirt with a clear political slogan.
The exact nature of the disciplinary action is unknown at this time.
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