South Dakota state Rep. Lynne DiSanto is out of a real estate job after she posted a meme on social media that declared, “All Lives Splatter,” prompting backlash.
Ms. DiSanto, who is the GOP’s majority whip in the state House, has apologized for a now-deleted comment on Facebook that read, “I think this is a movement we can all support. #alllivessplatter.”
Below her Sept. 7 comment was a drawing depicting a car running down protesters and the words, “All Lives Splatter / Nobody cares about your protest / Keep your ass out of the road.”
The post generated a flurry of comments before Ms. DiSanto deleted it Tuesday afternoon, nearly two weeks after it was posted, the Rapid City Journal reported. She told the paper that she failed to recognize how the post could be considered offensive following the car-ramming death of Heather Heyer during protests last month in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“I am sorry if people took offense to it and perceived my message in any way insinuating support or condoning people being hit by cars,” Ms. DiSanto said. “I perceived it differently. I perceived it as encouraging people to stay out of the street.”
“That was a lack of judgment on my part to not take that into consideration, the highly charged political environment that we’re in,” she added.
The apology came shortly after Keller Williams Realty Black Hills, where Ms. DiSanto was previously listed as a realtor, announced that it had severed ties with the lawmaker, the Rapid City Journal reported.
“Due to recent events, Lynne Disanto is no longer associated with Keller Williams Realty Black Hills,” the company said on its Facebook page.
The South Dakota Democratic Party previously issued a news release saying Ms. DiSanto’s Facebook post was “beneath the dignity of the office” she holds.
House Majority Leader Lee Qualm, a Republican, agreed that posting the meme was an error in judgment.
“Obviously I think she wishes she had not put it out there, but she was quick to pull it down and it seems like one of those things you do without putting much thought into it,” he told the Argus Leader.
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