President Joe Biden got a new moniker Thursday after announcing his plans to pardon all previous federal offenses for simple marijuana possession.
The nickname, known as “Thanks to Brandon,” began to spread via Twitter when Biden urged governors across the country to issue similar pardons as well.
Biden’s nickname saga is now in its third iteration. It started last year after a news anchor mistakenly assumed a crowd at a NASCAR race were chanting “Let’s Go Brandon” when they were actually saying “Fuck Joe Biden.” Let’s Go Brandon quickly became a way for conservatives to semi-covertly belittle Biden.
Some time later, the term “Dark Brandon” emerged and was used primarily to criticize Biden as well. But Dark Brandon was later co-opted by liberals and used to praise the Supreme Commander. Biden thanked Brandon with his announcement on marijuana, which will also see the Justice Department review how marijuana ranks under federal drug laws.
“And just like that, Dark Brandon became thanks to Brandon,” wrote one Twitter user.
Unsurprisingly, countless memes soon followed. Images of Biden smoking and even biting into chunks of marijuana circulated widely on Twitter.
“The Dank Brandon Memes: They’ve Begun,” wrote one user.
Many images showed Biden with red and green eyes glowing, a meme format often used by conservatives to portray right-wing figures as heroic.
The moniker quickly became a top trending on Twitter, prompting an even greater influx of memes.
“Guys Thanks Brandon is about to pass some serious legislation,” said another Twitter user.
In a statement on the matter, Biden argued that the administration’s current approach to marijuana “makes no sense.”
“We classify marijuana on the same level as heroin — and more seriously than fentanyl,” the president tweeted. “That makes no sense.”
The White House says the pardons will affect more than 6,500 people and thousands more in Washington, DC
“There are thousands of people who have been convicted of possession of marijuana who may be denied work, housing or educational opportunities as a result,” Biden added. “My pardon will relieve them of that burden.”
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*Initial publication: October 6, 2022 at 4:39 pm CDT
Mikael Thalen is a Seattle-based tech and security reporter covering social media, data breaches, hackers and more.
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