UPDATE: While Sen. Heitkamp didn’t initially respond to inquiries, days after this column was published he did call in to a talk radio show I was appearing on and insisted he hadn’t been driving the truck. He also noted the truck doesn’t belong to him. The column originally said it wasn’t clear who owned the truck. This column has been updated to reflect this new information.
MINOT, N.D. — The “let’s go Brandon” chants that have been making headlines are, as I’m sure you know, a code for a profane epithet aimed at President Joe Biden.
Sen. Jason Heitkamp, a Republican from District 26, isn’t talking in code on a pickup truck he’s been seen in.
One of Heitkamp’s fellow lawmakers, and fellow Republicans, sent me a picture of the pickup parked at the state Capitol for the just-concluded special session. The message conveyed on the truck is not a subtle one.
It says “F— Biden,” across the tailgate. In smaller print, it also says, “and f— you for voting for him.”