After making headlines with her anti-Trump truck decal last week, Karen Fonseca found herself sitting in jail. But, not for the reason you might think.
Fonseca traveled around Houston in her white pick-up truck, proudly displaying her dislike of President Trump. She claims she is not trying to cause problems with the divisive message, “It’s not to cause hate or animosity,” Fonseca, 46, told the Houston Chronicle.
Fort Bend County Sheriff, Troy Nehls, caused more controversy over the decal on social media. He posted a photo of the profane sticker on his Facebook page last Wednesday, threatening to charge Fonseca with disorderly conduct. He said he has received thousands of complaints from the community.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas responded to Nehls’ post, with a picture of case law dealing with free speech. “@SheriffTNehls, you can’t prosecute speech just because it has the word “f*ck” in it. (And the owner of the truck should feel free to contact @ACLUTx),” they wrote.
Of course, the mere suggestion that the anti-Trump message was inappropriate, also had Trump-haters outraged. Nehls subsequently took down the post, after receiving death threats against his wife and family. Because, you know, violence is their answer for dealing with anything they don’t like.
Afterwards, Fonseca taunted police over their inability to arrest her for the obscenity-laced decal. “There’s no law against freedom of speech, nothing in the law book here in Texas,” she told KHOU-TV in Houston. “I’ve been stopped numerous times, but they can’t write me a ticket.”
Unfortunately for her, the Constitution doesn’t protect criminal activity.
According to records, police took Fonseca in to custody around 2 p.m. last Thursday. As it turns out, she had an outstanding warrant. The warrant, issued by the Rosenberg Police Department for fraud, dates back to August. Not surprisingly, Fonseca is denying that the charges are legitimate.
She has been suggesting that her arrest is a conspiracy and that authorities are trying to punish her for bashing President Trump. “People abuse the badge, and in my opinion, money talks,’ she said. “When you’re in politics, people know how to work the system.”
Her husband and owner of the truck, Mike Fonseca, posted the $1500 bond and she was released the same-day. The sheriff’s department is declining to discuss specific details about the fraud investigation. The family says they have no intentions of removing the decal any time soon.