Seen on the Beltway

The 1st Amendment on four wheels.

This scene greeted me as I was merging on to I-495 yesterday afternoon. It’s quite the collection of sentiments. The combination of wishes for the murder of Hillary Clinton and Kamala “Horizontal” Harris and the CHOOSE LIFE personalized tag was the chef’s kiss.

The driver, you will be shocked to learn, was an elderly white man with a faux camouflage ball cap.

FILED UNDER: Donald Trump, First Amendment, Society
James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

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  1. Impressive.

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  2. Kathy says:

    I didn’t know any states allowed obscenities on vanity licence plates.

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  3. Jen says:

    These are the vehicle I give wide berth to–avoid on the roads, park as far away in the lot as possible.

    Reminds me of the “van-ifesto” type loons.

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  4. CSK says:

    Don’t mess with Texas? In Virginia?

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  5. sam says:

    I dunno. Trum-peepee has a nice ring to it.

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  6. SC_Birdflyte says:

    At least this azzhole gave intelligent folks enough warning of who he is to enable them to steer away from him.

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  7. CSK says:

    @Jen:
    When my brother and sister-in-law moved to New Hampshire, I threatened (jokingly) to put three bumper stickers on their car:

    “Warning: I don’t break for liberals.”
    “They’ll take my gun from me when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers.”
    “New Hampshire is the center of the universe.”

    Do you still see those?

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  8. JohnMcC says:

    Is it of editorial interest that he’s driving a Pontiac? A car no longer made.

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  9. Gustopher says:

    Is TRUMPP a reference to the pee tape? Anyway, he seems nice.

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  10. Michael Reynolds says:

    Huh. I’d have thought @keef would have a nicer car.

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  11. HarvardLaw92 says:

    LOL, my first thought at the headline was “what happens that makes people go so off the deep-end crazy when they get old?”. The last sentence was sweet validation 😀

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  12. Neil J Hudelson says:

    @JohnMcC:

    Perhaps restoring the Pontiac brand is all that’s needed for MAGA.

    So much wasted time and money on a wall when all we needed were fuel-efficient yet a lil’ sporty Sunfires.

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  13. mattbernius says:

    I also love the “Don’t mess with Jesus” sticker. Because everyone knows Jesus was the type to throw down at a moments notice… then again there is that entire incident where he whooped some capitalist… I mean money changer bootie in the temple. Somehow I don’t think that’s what this guy was thinking about.

    Also up there was the in no way racist “Americans are Dreamers too.” Which also explains the “All Lives Matter” sticker as well.

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  14. mattbernius says:

    Completely off-topic question: James, does your car have a Windshield Heads Up Display (HUD)? It looks like there is one in the picture (or some type of map overlay). And if so, how do you like it?

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  15. mattbernius says:

    Ok @Michael Reynolds, you magnificent basterd, you win this thread.

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  16. Stormy Dragon says:

    Theory: there’s a lead-politics hypothesis that parallels the lead-crime hypothesis.

    The biggest driver of our politics right now is actually that everyone born before 1975 (boomers and older gen-x) is suffering brain damage from chronic lead exposure because of leaded gasoline. People born 1975-1996 (younger gen-x and millenials) are progressively less damaged as it was phased out. People born after 1996 (gen-z) are the only mentally normal humans in the US.

    Lead exposure causes anger control issues, impulse control issues, and paranoia. Who does that sound like?

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  17. Scott F. says:

    What I like the best is that the owner thought the label “Infidels for Trump” was so pithy he had to put on his bumper twice.

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  18. Jen says:

    @CSK: I have not seen any of those recently, although a nearby town does have “Epping, Center of the Universe” banners up in its downtown area.

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  19. Scott says:

    @Stormy Dragon: Hey, hey, watch it there! And no, I didn’t bang my head on the dashboard standing on the front seat, either.

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  20. steve says:

    mattbernius– I have an HUD on my newer car. Love it. Really miss it when I drive wife’s car.

    Steve

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  21. CSK says:

    @Jen:
    The explanation for Epping being the center of the universe is funny. I’d have thought it had something to do with the New England Dragway.

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  22. Jc says:

    Lol, seen some good ones myself in the DMV. So many crazies out there. Imagine all the scraping off of old ones he had to do when Obama left office. Hilarious that he had a choose life plate with Trump, when I am sure the Donald paid for some abortions during his life (speculation of course…). Usually the Tea Party VA plate accompany these bumper sticker nut jobs. Would love to see his Facebook feed from the “innerwebs”

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  23. inhumans99 says:

    When I was in my Dad’s new car he showed off the HUD, it is neat but I have to imagine it takes a bit of getting used to, at least that is what I said. Very neat technology to have in a car.

    Also, you have to love it when someone loudly declares that they wish certain folks were dead or killed (wish Hillary was OJ’s wife) yet declare they are pro-life. Le sigh.

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  24. CSK says:

    @inhumans99:
    He also wishes Kamala Harris had married O.J.

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  25. Mu Yixiao says:

    @CSK:

    The fun part is: According to astronomy it is the center of the (observable) universe. As, of course, is everywhere else. 😀

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  26. CSK says:

    @Mu Yixiao:
    It seem to be Epping’s official slogan now.

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  27. JohnSF says:

    “Infidels for Trump”

    And Trump definitely for infidelity.
    In every possible way.

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  28. Stormy Dragon says:

    @Scott F.:

    There’s also the “Latinas for Trump” sticker capturing an increasingly common practice of white Republicans pretending to be minorities.

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  29. Sleeping Dog says:

    The most bumper stickers I’ve seen this side of an old Subaru.

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  30. James Joyner says:

    @mattbernius:

    does your car have a Windshield Heads Up Display (HUD)

    Yes. Mazda CX-9. It displays the speed limit and the speed traveled and, if using the vehicle’s annoying-to-operate nav, posts directions as well. It’s pretty useful.

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  31. Thomm says:

    @mattbernius: Word to the wise…most of those systems do not play well with polarized sunglasses.

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  32. dazedandconfused says:

    It’s a sad comment on my emotional maturity, but my thought was those two small strips of un-stickered bumper on each side could fit slightly trimmed down old Hillary campaign bumper-stickers, and wondered for how long they’d go unnoticed in the clutter.

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  33. mattbernius says:

    @James Joyner:
    Thanks. It’s cool to see one in action. I’m glad to see it’s pretty subtle (I like the use of a slightly more opaque white to relay the most important nav information). Bummer to here it only works with the internal nav system, though I understand why that is probably the case.

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  34. Michael Reynolds says:

    @mattbernius: @James Joyner:
    James has target lock.

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  35. James Joyner says:

    @Thomm: My experience as well. Alas, I’m at the stage where I have prescription glasses that mimic sunglasses so it’s fine.

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  36. Justin Hobbs says:

    I’m mid gen-x and center left and my older brother is early gen-x and a bit to the right of me. That being said, he’s never liked Trump. Saw him as a lower Manhattan con-artist from the get go.

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  37. wr says:

    @Jc: “Hilarious that he had a choose life plate with Trump, when I am sure the Donald paid for some abortions during his life”

    Really? Maybe promised to pay…

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  38. Matt says:

    There are several cars, trucks, and at least one van plastered with a similar variety of stickers.

    Including a car that had “fuck your feelings” blocking most of the back window. I had a good chuckle when I saw that car again and noticed the lettering had been removed from the back window…

    While the age of the drivers runs across the spectrum every single one of them is a lilly white person and male…….

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  39. Mimai says:

    **trigger warning – unpopular sentiment expressed below**

    Bumper stickers that read “I wish Kamela Horizontal Harris had married O.J.” and “I wish Hillary had married O.J.” don’t seem all that different from blog comments that wish for the death of others.

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  40. Kurtz says:

    @Michael Reynolds:

    James has target lock.

    You’re on fire today.

    I wonder if Merlin or Sundown is his RIO.

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  41. Mimai says:

    @Kurtz: Glad to see you around. Hope things are ok (better).

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  42. Scott O says:

    @Jen: I was in Epping a lot in the 80’s. Knew a guy that lived there. Great parties in the woods. About 2 miles off of 101. Now I live on 101 in Oregon.

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