Texas driver's anti-Trump sticker causes stir

Nov 17, 2017, 01:10
Texas driver's anti-Trump sticker causes stir

Nehls posted a photo to Facebook of a truck with an anti-Trump sticker.

"I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359", the Facebook post read Wednesday.

The owner of the truck was soon revealed to be Karen Forsenca, a mother of 12 (!) who adamantly refuses to alter her vehicle.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Sheriff Nehls appeared to back down from the idea of pressing charges, acknowledging his support for freedom of speech.

KTRK tracked down the driver of the pickup who said the put the graphic on her window 11 months ago - that her family is expressing their First Amendment rights.

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"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. "They're like, 'We wish that we could do this and we had enough guts to do it, and you're doing it, '" Fonseca said. "I haven't seen anyone bat an eyelash at those, but you care about this?"

"It's not to cause hate or animosity", she told the Chronicle.

"Interesting... your cop cars have "in god we trust" smeared all over them - can I file a disorderly conduct against you?" another critic wrote.

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 [f--] in it".

Couple defending profanity filled anti-Trump sticker.

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"It's hard to believe that a simple sticker could cause so much arousal", Fonseca said Thursday before her arrest. But Fonseca, whose husband owns the truck, told a local ABC affiliate that the sticker has certainly attracted significant amounts of attention. "Hey truck owner, feel free to contact the ACLU of Texas".

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

He also posted a picture in the comments of legal code concerning disorderly conduct, apparently attempting to justify his attempt to suppress free speech by suggesting the truck driver was instigating a breach of the peace.

"According to the case, the Supreme Court overturned a conviction for the crime of disturbing the peace for wearing a jacket in the courtroom that displayed the phrase "F*** the draft".

"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.

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