‘All Lives Splatter’: GOP Leader Incites Terrorist Attacks on Protesters – Issues Weak Apology
South Dakota Republican Whip Lynne DiSanto Posts Meme Depicting Vehicle Running Over Protesters
After the domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville by a white supremacist, most rational people on both sides of the political spectrum in the United States condemned the act. However, some prominent Republicans, particularly a certain one in the White House, had trouble distinguishing who the bad people were in this situation. But condemnation of the violent attack carried out by driving a vehicle into a group of peaceful protesters was nearly universal. Apparently, South Dakota’s Republican House Majority Whip, Lynne DiSanto, didn’t get this memo.
Earlier this month, the Republican shared a meme to her Facebook page clearly advocating for the exact type of violence seen in the Charlottesville attack that killed Heather Heyer. The meme shows a vehicle running over protesters with the following message:
All lives splatter
Nobody cares about your protest
Keep your ass out of the road
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DiSanto posted her own message with the meme:
I think this is a movement we can all support. #alllivessplatter
Lynne Hix-DiSanto, the Republican House Representative of South Dakota representing District 35, thought this would be funny to post. pic.twitter.com/oV6ZC9OrhE
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) September 20, 2017
The Republican leader appears to have lost her job over the incident. Keller Williams Realty Black Hills posted a statement on their Facebook page saying she is no longer associated with the firm. DiSanto was also scheduled to speak at an event for the nonprofit group Working Against Violence Inc at the end of this month. The invitation has since been rescinded.
As if the meme wasn’t bad enough, the apology was just as awful. She told the Rapid City Journal:
“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,” DiSanto said. “I perceived it differently. I perceived it as encouraging people to stay out of the street.”
Lynne DiSanto downplaying the meme and its obvious connotations echoes the position taken by white supremacists after the terror attack in Charlottesville. One website – self-proclaimed as “The World’s Most Genocidal Republican Website” – struggled to find a domain after posting a derogatory story about Heather Heyer. White supremacist Chris Cantwell also called the attack “worth it” and “points for us” before later surrendering to police for other violence from that weekend.
The fallout from this is certainly far from over for Republican Lynne DiSanto. And considering her terrible apology/non-apology, losing her position in the legislature seems like a realistic and justified next step in this situation.