Texas driver's anti-Trump sticker causes stir

Karen Fonseca

The owner of the truck, who KPRC 2 identified as Karen Forsenca, said the sticker would stay up as it has for almost a year, according to the local news station.

"F-k Trump and f-k you for voting for him", reads the sticker on the back of a GMC Sierra broadcast via Facebook by Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls. The Facebook post has since been deleted after receiving nearly 20,000 comments and more than 10,000 shares, but no license plate number was visible in the photo.

The sheriff southwest of Houston put out a call for information, saying that a prosecutor had already told him that she could bring disorderly conduct charges.

Fonseca says the decal, which she had custom made 11 months ago for $25, speaks for many.

Karen Fonseca says she's been repeatedly stopped by law officers, but that they have no grounds to issue a citation.

On Twitter, users debated the fate of the sticker.

Nehls - a Republican who is considering a congressional bid, according to the Chronicle - did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "No Sheriff Nehls, you can't prosecute speech just because it contains words you don't like", ACLU said.

Texas driver's anti-Trump sticker causes stir

So.... pretty sure the truck's owner knows his message is being seen.

Texas penal code describes disorderly conduct as "intentionally or knowingly [using] abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language in a public place, and the language by its very utterance tends to incite an immediate breach of peace". "They smile. They stop you", Fonseca told ABC affiliate KTRK.

The Texas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union offered to help Fonseca - and provided Nehls with a "Constitutional Law 101" lesson: "You can't ban speech just because it has [expletive] in it".

"I drive it all the time on a daily basis", Forsenca said, adding that she shares the truck with her husband.

There are many different opinions about not only the decal but about freedom of speech.

"Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey told Eyewitness News that he was never consulted about any charges on the owner of the truck prior to Nehls" social media post and that he questions whether the language posted on the truck meets legal requirements for "disorderly conduct" as specified by the sheriff. Some supported his message, while others defended free speech or said the sheriff's department should focus on other high-profile crime in the community.

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