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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke October 28, 2021

No, the ADL didn’t classify this anti-Biden slogan as hate speech

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  • This image isn’t authentic. 
  • The ADL doesn’t consider "Let’s go Brandon" hate speech.

The Anti-Defamation League keeps a database of hate symbols frequently used by white supremacist groups, among other hate groups. 

An image being shared on social media looks like a newer entry in the league’s so-called Hate on Display database, classifying the anti-Biden saying "Let’s go Brandon" as a hate slogan. 

"The phrase ‘Let’s go Brandon’ is a far-right extremist dog whistle that became popular among supporters of Donald Trump and his overly anti-democratic views, particularly among adherents of the MAGA movement who believes in the debunked 2020 election fraud conspiracy theory," the grammatically problematic entry says.

But it’s not real.

This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

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"Let’s go Brandon" emerged as a saying after an NBC reporter interviewing NASCAR driver Brandon Brown said the crowd could be heard chanting, "Let’s go, Brandon!" The NASCAR fans were actually booing the president with an expletive. 

We’ve debunked previous false claims that both Canada and Facebook were banning the phrase — they’re not. 

It’s also not in the ADL’s database.

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Facebook post, Oct. 26, 2021

Anti-Defamation League Hate on Display database, visited Oct. 28, 2021


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