A South Dakota state lawmaker shared a meme to Facebook showing a car driving through a line of protesters with the caption “all lives splatter” Sept. 7 before deleting it Tuesday and apologizing.
Republican state Rep. Lynne DiSanto posted the meme, saying, “I think this is a movement we can all support #AllLivesSplatter.” She later apologized and claimed she had just been encouraging protesters to stay out of the road, after thousands of people criticized her post online and two local businesses cut ties with her, the Argus Leader reported.
South Dakota GOP lawmaker Rep. Lynne DiSanto of Box Elder, SD shared this ugly, heartless meme on FB encouraging the murder of protesters. pic.twitter.com/WkVpfVGIZG
— Ruth H. Hopkins (@RuthHHopkins) September 19, 2017
“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.”
Many saw her post as encouraging the sort of terrorist attacks promulgated by radical Islamists, who have repeatedly driven vehicles into crowds across the globe. A white supremacist performed a similar attack in July against a group of protesters in Charlottesville, killing one.
An August truck attack in Barcelona was the latest in a long string of Islamist vehicle attacks all over Europe.
One of the first instances occurred Jerusalem in 2015 when a Palestinian man drove his car straight into a crowded bus stop. In Nice, France in 2016, a Islamic terrorist drove a truck through a crowded boardwalk during Bastille Day celebrations, killing nearly 100 people.
Another Islamic radical drove a truck through a crowded Christmas market in Berlin last year, killing 12. ISIS has repeatedly encouraged using speeding vehicles to commit acts of terror, and inspired at least three major attacks in the last half of 2016.
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