On Friday, when a Southwest Airlines pilot allegedly concluded an address to passengers with the words “Let’s go, Brandon,” a CNN analyst declared the pilot’s comments to that of an ISIS terrorist.
According to Colleen Long of the Associated Press, the event occurred aboard a flight from Houston to Albuquerque on Friday morning. Following that, a video emerged of an unnamed pilot stating the anti-Biden statement as he greeted the passengers on the aircraft.
“Thanks for coming out and flying Southwest Airlines. Welcome aboard,” he said. “And remember,” he said softly, “Let’s go Brandon.”
TFW you’re trying to go on vacation and then the pilot says the very thing you’re working on over the loud speaker and you have to try to get him comment but then almost get removed from plane. https://t.co/xZI5FtLzJB
— Colleen Long (@ctlong1) October 30, 2021
CNN analyst Asha Rangappa immediately made a connection to the violent ISIS terrorist group in response to the pilot’s alleged social media statement.“As an experiment, I’d love for an [sic] @SouthwestAir pilot to say ‘Long live ISIS’ before taking off,” she tweeted. “My guess is that 1) the plane would be immediately grounded; 2) the pilot fired; and 3) a statement issued by the airline within a matter of hours”
As an experiment, I’d love for an @SouthwestAir pilot to say “Long live ISIS” before taking off. My guess is that 1) the plane would be immediately grounded; 2) the pilot fired; and 3) a statement issued by the airline within a matter of hours
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) October 31, 2021
Rangappa, who is also a senior lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a former FBI agent, provided another example of legacy media critics arbitrarily comparing conservatives to terrorists, a trend that has spread from pro-life leaders to concerned parents at school board meetings.
Others hurled terrorist accusations at the airline, which relaxed its COVID-19 vaccine mandate after being forced to cancel more than 1,800 flights. Lindy Li, whom Vanity Fair describes as a “Biden operative,” tweeted Saturday that the airline’s “CEO opposes Biden’s vaccine mandate & won’t fire anyone who defies it, thus condoning bioterrorism.” Li, who also called the pilot “mentally impaired,” recently appeared on CNN to denounce the “heinous” Texas pro-life law that protects unborn children with a fetal heartbeat from being aborted.
A Southwest pilot said let’s go Brandon (F Biden) over the intercom but another reason to never fly @SouthwestAir?
Its CEO opposes Biden’s vaccine mandate & won’t fire anyone who defies it, thus condoning bioterrorism
I refuse to be trapped in a plane with unvaxxed crew members
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) October 31, 2021
“Southwest pilot screams out ‘Let’s go Brandon’ over the intercom,” tweeted Turn Texas Black falsely. “RT if you won’t book with Southwest Airlines unless this pilot is fired.”