Jan 10, 2022 - Politics

Rejected Texas plates show disdain for Biden

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On Jan. 6, 2021, the date of the insurrection in Washington, D.C., the Texas DMV got vanity plate requests for 1776*NOW, DAMN PA and vulgarity directed at Joe Biden.

For the record: Pennsylvania was a swing state that went narrowly for Biden.

  • NO2JOE was submitted Jan. 7.

Those are among the 6,714 the DMV rejected during the first nine months of 2021 — the latest information available — that Axios Austin obtained through an open records request.

Why it matters: The plates are a real-time window into how the events playing out at the U.S. Capitol were cheered from Texas.

By the numbers: The vast majority of the rejected plates were crude and prurient.

But some speak to the politics of our moment.

  • At least one person requested a NO VAX plate.
  • Another requested an OILSUX plate; others requested NON-EPA and EPA LOLZ.

Others appeared more harmless.

One rejected plate was, simply, GOOBER.

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