SD Lawmaker Under Fire Over 'All Lives Splatter' Meme
Rep. Lynne DiSanto says she thought it was encouraging traffic safety
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 20, 2017 10:30 AM CDT
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In this 2016 file photo, South Dakota Republican state Rep. Lynne DiSanto testifies in a state House committee at the Capitol in Pierre, SD.   (James Nord)

(Newser) – A Republican South Dakota legislator under fire for a Facebook post has apologized for a "lack of judgment." State Rep. Lynne DiSanto of Box Elder shared a meme Sept. 7 depicting stick-figure protesters being hit by an SUV. It was posted less than a month after a driver hit counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a woman. DiSanto told the Rapid City Journal she should have taken that into consideration, and doesn't condone protesters being hit by vehicles. The Journal reports the image, which was taken down Tuesday, bore three phrases: "All Lives Splatter," "Nobody cares about your protest" and "Keep your (expletive) out of the road."

DiSanto tacked on her own comment: "I think this is a movement we can all support. #alllivessplatter." She tells the Journal that she's "sorry if people took offense to it," because in her view, it wasn't offensive. "I perceived it differently. I perceived it as encouraging people to stay out of the street." Keller Williams Realty Black Hills, the real estate company that apparently employed DiSanto, posted on Facebook she's no longer with the firm. House Majority Leader Lee Qualm tells the AP the incident won't affect DiSanto's position as House majority whip.

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