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'Covfefe' Banned from Georgia Vanity License Plates

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017 07:55 PM

Covfefe, the misspelled word in a tweet sent out by President Donald Trump in late May, is banned from Georgia vanity license plates, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Trump’s tweet, which has since been deleted, read: “Despite the negative press covfefe.”

Within an hour of its release to his 31 million followers, ‘covfefe’ had become Twitter’s No. 1 trending hashtag worldwide. The word inspired merchandise – someone started selling ‘covfefe’ T-shirts – but Georgia banned seven variations of the word on license plates.

Along with “H0TBODY,” “2SXC4U,” “BUTT,” “KKK” and “PERVERT” on the list of 8,000-plus banned plate combinations, “C0VFEFE,” “C0VFEF3,” “C0VFEVE,” “C0VF3FE,” “C0VF3F3,” “C0VVEFE” and “C0VVEFE” are now included, according to the AJC.

Georgia’s State Department of Revenue didn’t respond by press time to questions from the AJC as to why the plates were banned, but state law instructs the DOR to scrap vanity plate combinations that are “obscene according to current community standards.”

Bruce Brown, an Atlanta lawyer with experience in First Amendment law, told the AJC the banning of the word was unconstitutional.

“Given the word ‘covfefe’ has a political meaning, the state can’t ban it because there are no provisions for rejecting political speech in their statute, and I’d say it is unconstitutional because rejecting ‘covfefe’ without rejecting all political speech means their decision is not viewpoint-neutral,” said Brown.

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Covfefe, the misspelled word in a tweet sent out by President Donald Trump in late May, is banned from Georgia vanity license plates, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.Trump's tweet, which has since been deleted, read: "Despite the negative press covfefe."Within an...
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