Profane Anti-Trump Sticker Stirs Up Texas Community

by Abel Hampton November 17, 2017, 0:24
Profane Anti-Trump Sticker Stirs Up Texas Community

The owner of a truck boasting a huge middle finger to the commander-in-chief is breaking the law, a Texas sheriff has alleged.

Photos of the truck went viral when they were posted to Facebook on Wednesday by Fort Bend County, Texas Sheriff Troy Nehls, who wrote that he had received numerous calls about the decal, which reads in bold, capitalized letters: "F*ck Trump and f*ck you for voting for him". The truck is often seen along FM 359, a state highway near Richmond, Nehls wrote.

In a move that has sparked controversy about freedom of speech, authorities in Texas announced they are looking for the owner of a pickup truck who has been driving around with a "F-k Trump" decal on the rear window.

In the post that has now been deleted, Nehls posted a photo of the sticker with the obscene words blacked out and a message that he wanted to "discuss" the sticker.

She said there was "no particular reason" they chose to stick the message on the back of the truck. "It's been on there for such a long time and we have so much positive out of it - more positive that outweighs the negative", Karen Fonseca said. "No Sheriff Nehls, you can't prosecute speech just because it contains words you don't like", ACLU said.

Sheriff Troy E. Nehls, Constitutional Law 101: You can't ban speech just because it has "f@ck" in it.Hey truck owner, feel free to contact the ACLU of Texas.

"It makes people happy, they smile, they stop you, they want to shake your hand", said Fonseca.

"Unless [Nehls] can show me where it says that in the law book, it's not coming down until the weather takes it down or I replace it with something else", he told local station KHOU. "But I think now it would be a good time to have meaningful dialogue with that person and express the concerns out there regarding the language on the truck".

The post has thousands of comments and shares.

"Many families have called that have seen that truck on our county roadways and are very offended by the language on the truck", Nehls fumed later, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"It's not to cause hate or animosity", the 46-year-old Fonseca told the Houston Chronicle.

District Attorney John Healey disputed Nehls' suggestion that disorderly conduct charges were appropriate in this case, as did free speech advocates.

Others said they didn't want their children forced to see profanity on the road.

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