Tokyo's between my toes
Join Date: Jan 2004
Car: 2001 Wintergreen Outback 5MT
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It's a known thing, almost a They All Do That. Snoop around your electrical connections and look for things like corroded terminals, including grounding connections on the body.
The brakes should just draw enough power to activate the brake lights, it wouldn't matter how hard you apply them. Make sure those lights are working OK and there's no goofy incorrect connection like an incorrectly-installed bulb, which can sometimes happen.
Political signatures don't belong on a car board.