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Texas Sheriff Tracks Down Driver With Explicit Trump Sticker On Vehicle

It’s downright impossible to get away from political chatter these days. That goes without saying on social media, but it’s also true all over the airwaves, in places of employment, and even on the nation’s highways.

Yes, there’s plenty of folks that express themselves via a message on their vehicle, but most of them are of the innocuous support variety. However, one driver in the state of Texas took things to a whole other level, and images of what she had to say quickly went viral.

As The Daily Beast shares, Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls, a Republican with his sights set on putting in a bid for Congress, was none too pleased with the image as it gathered steam.

"F--- TRUMP AND F--- YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM," the note on the driver’s truck read.

He made it clear that he wanted the driver found, and he asked for the public’s help.

"I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359," Nehls shared on social media. "If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you."

His post created quite a stir online, but he stuck to his guns.

"Many families have called that have seen that truck on our county roadways and are very offended by the language on the truck," Nehls added. "I think they're walking a fine line."

It got to the point that an additional statement was offered up to try to keep the pot from boiling over.

"The Sheriff made the post on his Personal page. 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,” the statement noted.

It continued: “Since the owner of the truck has been identified, the Sheriff took down the post. Due to the hate messages he has been receiving towards his wife and children, the Sheriff will not be commenting on the matter further."

As that statement indicates, the driver was eventually tracked down. Karen Fonseca wound up getting arrested for an outstanding warrant on a fraud charge, but she received plenty of offers of support.

"Constitutional Law 101: You can't ban speech just because it has 'f@ck' in it," read a post from the ACLU of Texas. "Hey truck owner, feel free to contact the ACLU of Texas."

According to Texas state law, "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" can be punishable, and "an offensive gesture or display in a public place" is also prohibited.

Based on that, Nehls certainly has a point, but many observers were dismayed that the woman’s free speech rights were somehow being violated. It’s unclear if she’ll also be facing charges for her expression of angst against Trump.

Source: The Daily Beast
Photos: Chron, Sheriff Troy E. Nehls/Facebook, IFCAR/Wikimedia, The White House

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