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Texas sheriff says obscene Trump sticker could lead to prosecution

17 November 2017, 01:12 | Simon Arnold

Driver speaks after 'F*** TRUMP' truck sticker photo goes viral

Houston-area sheriff goes after driver with 'offensive' anti-Trump decal

A photo posted on social media showing a truck sticker with an expletive directed toward President Donald Trump is going viral and prompting local law enforcement to search for the driver.

Fonseca told the Houston Chronicle that they had the sign made after Trump was sworn into office.

Speaking to the Houston Chronicle, Karen Fonseca, the owner of the hotly debated truck, said the decal is "not to cause hate or animosity". During the press conference, Nehls said he had no regrets about the controversial Facebook post.

Fonseca said that she has no plans to remove the sticker, even though people sometimes shake their head at it and officers have pulled her over before realizing they had no concrete reasons for writing her a ticket. The ACLU tweeted about the issue, encouraging the truck's owners to contact its Texas branch for assistance.

Houston-area sheriff goes after driver with 'offensive' anti-Trump decal

"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", Nehls said.

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

In response to the critics, Nehls posted the disorderly conduct law.

Despite the supposed traffic jam of calls to the sheriff's office, there have been no reports of people so incensed by the truck's message that they resorted to violence that may actually require police attention.

"Anybody traveling down the road that is behind that truck may have voted for Trump [and] that is where we might see a breach of the peace", the sheriff explained. "Now you have a breach of the peace", he told KTRK.

"We are aware Troy is interested in abandoning his responsibilities as Sheriff weeks after being elected to serve Fort Bend", Olson campaign spokesperson Chris Homan responded.

Both Healey and Nehls are Republicans, the Chronicle reported. A day later, the driver said the sticker would not be coming down.

It's not uncommon for bumper stickers to bluntly convey political viewpoints, from messages such as "Impeach Clinton" during Bill Clinton's presidency to "Hail to the Thief" after George W. Bush's 2000 election win over Al Gore.

The sheriff said his concern was that the language on the sticker could cause a risky confrontation.

Profanity is sometimes, but not always, protected under the First Amendment's right to free speech.

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