Woman refuses to remove crude anti-Trump message from pickup
- Author: Tracy Klein Nov 17, 2017,
Nov 17, 2017, 1:11
A Texas sheriff is getting angry feedback from free speech advocates after he wrote a Facebook post, which has since been deleted, threatening charges against a driver for a profane anti-Trump sticker on the window of her truck.
"I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359", the post read. "If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you", he said.
Fonseca says the decal, which she had custom made 11 months ago for $25, speaks for many.
The county sheriff says he received complaints about the sticker and it may be illegal.
In the end, the only way the decal is coming down is if the weather washes it away, says Fonseca's husband, Mike. She said it is not intended "to cause hate or animosity".
Another commenter, Linzi Bee, wrote, "I've seen this truck, and I would (be) pleased if the owner of this vehicle was prosecuted for disorderly conduct".
Others said the language used in the sticker was just as graphic as previous statements from President Donald Trump, alluding to 2005 tape, where Trump spoke to former NBC TV personality Billy Bush. "Now you have a breach of the peace", he told KTRK.
At the news conference, Nehls said he is hoping to remedy the situation by talking to the truck owner and getting the driver to modify the decal.
"The objective of the post was to find the owner/driver of the truck and have a conversation with them in order to prevent a potential altercation between the truck driver and those offended by the message". But she said that having children doesn't make you lose your freedom of speech.
Healey, the district attorney, told the Chronicle that his office was not contacted before Nehls posted the photo to Facebook. She receives some negative reactions, particularly among older white men, but most people stop to laugh, tell her stories or ask where to buy it, Fonseca said.
Profanity is sometimes, but not always, protected under the First Amendment's right to free speech.
KPRC legal analyst Brian Wice explained Sheriff Nehls was wrong about the law and that the 1971 case of Cohen v. California settled the issue before the United States Supreme Court. Making "an offensive gesture or display in a public place" is also prohibited if "the gesture or display tends to incite an immediate breach of peace".