"Fuck Trump" Bumper Sticker Breaks Law, Says Republican Sheriff

Frederick Owens
November 17, 2017

A profane anti-Trump sticker is drawing outrage from a Texas community and its sheriff, who wants a couple to change the sticker on their truck so it doesn't contain obscenities.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office removed a Facebook post involving the F-Trump sticker photo that went viral after the driver was identified. 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. "Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification".

KTRK-TV reported that Karen Fonseca said the truck belongs to her husband but she often drives it.

Even with the negative backlash, Sheriff Nehls says he does not regret the post, but did seem to back away from considering the disorderly conduct charges.

On Twitter, users debated the fate of the sticker.

Along with almost 20,000 comments, the sheriff's post was shared more than 10,000 in less than 24 hours. "The words would have to "tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace, '" Healey told ABC13". It reads, in part, "Uses 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". But she said that having children doesn't make you lose your freedom of speech. Nehls said he supports freedom of speech but anxious that profane messages could incite others and lead to confrontations that would disturb the peace he's pledged to keep.

Speaking about the message, Fonseca, 46, told the Houston Chronicle: "It's not to cause hate or animosity".

Mike Fonseca said the sticker would remain on his truck.

The American Civil Liberties Union posted on Facebook that "you can't prosecute speech just because it contains words you don't like".

"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.

"A lot of females say I wish I had the balls to do that", she said.

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

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