“Please avoid political statements on state-issued plates (‘Don’t Tread on Me’). That’s why we have bumper stickers,” one post on the DMV comments page read.
“The don’t tread on me flag has had its historical significance usurped by a movement with some extremist elements,” another said. ” I would hope that the state of Texas doesn’t lend its imprimatur to this particular plate.”
Still, backlash in Texas hasn’t stopped other states from following suit.
On Oct. 14, Virginia House Delegate John M. O’Bannon III submitted a proposal to bring “Don’t Tread on Me” plates to Virginia. Unlike revenue-sharing plates, which raise money for a specific organization, O’Bannon says any money raised by these plates will go straight to the Virginia DMV.