Karen Fonseca, a hero in Fort Bend, Texas, was arrested Thursday after a local sheriff threatened to charge her with disorderly conduct for a "Fuck Trump" decal on the back of her truck—or, to be precise, "FUCK TRUMP AND FUCK YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM."
While this bumper sticker would likely sell out in Seattle, in Texas, it can apparently put you under the radar of law enforcement. The saga started Wednesday, when Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehl posted a photo of the truck on his Facebook page and threatened to charge the driver with disorderly conduct unless they could "come to an agreement regarding a modification to it."
It seems an agreement could not be reached. On Thursday, Fonseca was arrested on an outstanding fraud warrant issued from a nearby town. CNN reports:
Karen Cook Fonseca, who owns the truck with her husband, told CNN she put the decal up about 11 months ago. She said there was "no particular reason" they decided to stick the message on the back of the truck.
"We wanted our statement out there. That's our opinion on him," she said.
The decal has gone viral several times, she said, and she gets plenty of feedback on the road. 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.
"A lot of females say I wish I had the balls to do that," she said.
Fonseca was released on a $1,500 bail Thursday evening, and after the story went viral, Neh's Facebook post has been removed.
“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,” said the sheriff’s office in a statement. “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.”
The ACLU, however, has commented: