2017's rejected license plates so far are political, crass

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2017's rejected license plates so far are political, crass

Every so often, we check with the Department of Motor Vehicles to see what Texans are asking to put on their personalized license plates.

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Not surprisingly, Texans are creative. Especially when trying to get profanity on a plate.

What is surprising is the rejection of some plates that would seem to be political expression.

Two plates in particular caught our eye: one that read "NO TRUMP" and another that read "NSTY-WM", the latter referring to Donald Trump's quip about Hillary Clinton being a "nasty woman" in the presidential debate.

Another, "REDSKIN" seems to weigh into the debate over the name of an NFL team.
The U.S. Trademark office ruled in 2014 that the Washington Redskins' name is disparaging to Native Americans. The team lost its trademark protection as part of the decision.

With Texas' rejection, it would seem to agree the name falls in the realm of offensive - at least to the degree that the state won't permit it on a license plate.

A request for comment wasn't immediately returned over the weekend.

Texas officials rejected roughly 300 license plates in the first two months of 2017.


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