Fact Check: The Canadian Government Did NOT Ban The Phrase 'Let's Go Brandon'

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: The Canadian Government Did NOT Ban The Phrase 'Let's Go Brandon' Fake Email

Did the Canadian government ban its employees from using the phrase "Let's Go Brandon"? No, that's not true: The document seen online is not from the Canadian government agency mentioned in the document; it is a fake email that someone created. A spokesperson from the agency, Shared Services Canada, told Lead Stories that this document was not issued by them and does not reflect their departmental policy.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) where it was posted on October 18, 2021. It read:

JUST IN: The Canadian government threatens to fire any government employee who uses "Let's Go Brandon" in communications. 😳😂

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Oct 20 14:30:31 2021 UTC)

The phrase "Let's Go Brandon" began to spread among people as an anti-President Biden slogan after a NASCAR journalist did a post-race interview with NASCAR driver Brandon Brown. The crowd randomly started shouting "F*** Joe Biden," but the journalist stated the chant was "Let's Go Brandon." In this YouTube video, viewers can hear the "F*** Joe Biden" chant starts at about 0:55 seconds, and the journalist says the phrase "Let's go, Brandon" at 1:08.

Lead Stories emailed Shared Services Canada about this claim and got a response on October 19, 2021. They told us that:

We can confirm this message was not issued by Shared Services Canada and it does not reflect departmental policy.

Shared Services Canada gives digital services to organizations within the Canadian government.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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