'F--- Trump' truck sticker now has companion targeting sheriff

Frederick Owens
November 21, 2017

On Monday, Reynolds called for Nehls to apologize to Fonseca, accusing the sheriff of using the decals as a statement for his own political ambitions.

State Rep. Ron Reynolds held a press conference at the Fort Bend County Justice Center to discuss the unfair actions taken against Fonseca.

CBS News affiliate KHOU-TV reports Karen Fonseca made headlines after Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls threatened to arrest her for displaying the anti-Trump sticker.

The sheriff published a post about the "F-Trump" sticker on Facebook. "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", Nehls told reporters.

Karen Fonseca, who was arrested last week on an outstanding fraud warrant, had been seen in the Houston area driving a pickup truck displaying an expletive-laden message opposing President Trump and his supporters. She continued, "We had been thinking about it and decided, you know, Troy didn't think twice when he went ahead and put the Facebook post up and exposed me and my family", referring to Sheriff Nehls' post which he later removed due to threats.

'F--- Trump' truck sticker now has companion targeting sheriff

Fonseca says a new sticker was made following her arrest.

Nehls said Wednesday that the message could cause offense and raised the possibility of a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. Nehls' Facebook post set off a defense of Fonseca's right to free expression, leading the ACLU of Texas to tweet at Nehls: "you can't prosecute speech just because it has the word f*ck in it". Then, over the weekend, Fonseca struck back in her own way, adding another decal to her white GMC Sierra: "FUCK TROY NEHLS AND FUCK YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM".

Following her release from prison, Fonseca posted a photo on Facebook on Sunday of the new message on her truck. "I'm nearly certain it does have to do with [the decal]", Fonseca said to KHOU. "We should stand together and always stand behind what [we] believe", Fronseca said.

The sheriff later backed down after District Attorney John Healey said he didn't think it would have been a prosecutable case.

The comment sparked outrage and backlash, with the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas issuing its own warning, reminding Nehls' about the First Amendment. Fonseca also spoke with her children behind her.

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