South Dakota lawmaker apologizes for Facebook post

Lester Mason
September 20, 2017

She added the hashtag "alllivessplatter" - a play on the slogan "All Lives Matter", which arose in response to the Black Lives Matter movement - to make the post appear with other similar posts on Facebook.

However, our numerous messages to Disanto asking for comment have not been returned.

Comments from friends and constituents on the post were initially supportive of the image.

Not long after the post was deleted, the real estate firm where she works posted on Facebook that DiSanto was no longer associated with the company, "due to recent events", Rapid City Journal reported. "I perceived it as encouraging people to stay out of the street". A spokesman for the South Dakota Republican Party didn't immediately respond to a call requesting comment Tuesday afternoon.

House Majority Leader Lee Qualm says the move was an error in judgment. South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Sam Parkinson calls the image "offensive".

The post contained a picture of a auto mowing down protesters and read, "Nobody cares about your protest, keep your ass out of the road".

We wanted to know if the post was related to the August violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a protester was hit and killed by a vehicle.

DiSanto also apologized, but only to people who took offense to her post.

South Dakota lawmakers earlier this year passed a bill increasing the penalties for those who trespass in restricted zones. The new law allows the governor, along with local sheriffs and the commissioner of school and public lands, to prohibit groups of more than 20 people from congregating on state-controlled land.

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