A Virginia man has lost an appeal to keep his personalized license plate because it appears to contain an obscene message about President Trump, according to WTOP.
WTOP on Tuesday reported that Donald Butler has the personalized plates reading “FTRU MPK” on his Lexus SUV.
Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) commissioner on Tuesday issued a four-page ruling detailing the argument over the message’s meaning.
“You asserted that the ‘F’ and ‘K’ when read together meant ‘flunk,’ the grade that you as a former teacher gave Donald Trump as President of the United States,” Richard Holcomb wrote of Butler, a former lawyer and teacher.
“The character combination reasonably could be perceived by members of the general public to be profane, obscene, or vulgar,” he added.
“There is no information to indicate a political bias on the part of the anonymous citizens or the Committee members. I hereby affirm DMV’s cancellation of the license plates ‘FTRU MPK.’”
Some Twitter users commented upon the Virginia DMZ’s ruling, while others shared images of Butler’s license plate.
Butler told WTOP in an email that he disagreed with the Virginia DMZ’s move, arguing its committee members had misinterpreted his license plate’s message.
“I think the decision is wrong because my choice of message should not be rejected because a select group of people want to ascribe an evil and profane meaning to the lettering,” he said.
“It was quite likely that the complainers as well as the members of the Committee (found) it offensive personally.”
Butler initially received a letter from Virginia’s DMZ in May, ordering him to turn over the tags because they violated state guidelines.
The former teacher then argued his case during an informal conference in August at Virginia’s DMZ headquarters.
Butler has previously said that he would appeal the organization’s ruling to a circuit court judge.