Lynne Hix-DiSanto has received a lot of backlash after posting a offensive “ALL LIVES SPLATTER” meme to her personal Facebook
Hix-DiSanto has since removed the post and claims she did not realize what it meant
Keller Williams Realty Black Hills announced on Tuesday that they no longer had any association with Hix-DiSanto
Earlier in the month the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office got in trouble for posting the same meme to their emergency management Facebook page
South Dakota State Representative Lynne Hix-DiSanto is facing substantial backlash after posting a meme to her personal Facebook page geared towards running protesters over.
Hix-DiSanto posted a meme that shows a vehicle hitting three stick figures. The meme reads, “ALL LIVES SPLATTER,” “NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOUR PROTEST,” and “KEEP YOUR ASS OUT OF THE ROAD.” Above the meme, Hix-DiSanto wrote, “I think this is a movement we can all support.” She then added the hashtag, “#alllivessplatter.”
The post was made on September 7 but did not catch the public eye until Tuesday. By mid-afternoon on Tuesday, Hix-DiSanto had removed the post from her Facebook and changed her settings to private. She later tried to explain her reasoning behind the post to 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. I perceived it differently. I perceived it as encouraging people to stay out of the street.
Keller Williams Realty Black Hills
It turns out people were not buying DiSanto’s claim. On Wednesday, Keller Williams Realty Black Hills announced on their Facebook page that DiSanto is no longer associated with the firm. DiSanto’s occupation is listed as a “realtor” according to her legislative biography.
The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement in regards to DiSanto’s behavior on social media.
The right to peaceably assemble is fundamental to our democracy — so fundamental, in fact, it is included in the First Amendment to our Constitution. Whether one supports the cause of protesters or not, sharing an image promoting running them over is offensive and beneath the dignity of the office Rep. DiSanto holds. Even though she removed the image from her Facebook page, she still owes the people of South Dakota an apology.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office
DiSanto’s post is not the first time that the “ALL LIVES SPLATTER” meme has caused outrage. Earlier this month the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office in Washington State had to issue an apology for sharing out the same meme to their emergency management Facebook page.
Of all days, an unknown employee decided to share the offensive meme on September 11. The meme was shared from the “Libtards; you gotta love ’em!” page with the caption, “I don’t wish harm on anyone … but protesters don’t belong in the road!”
Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett claimed the post was sent to an employee’s personal account, then mistakingly shared to the emergency management page. The department later posted an apology saying that the meme “does not reflect the views of the Sheriff’s Office.”
For some, the meme is a terrifying reminder of the domestic terrorist act we witnessed in Charlottesville that claimed the life of Heather Heyer and injured 19 others. It is understandable why so many people would not want to see this kind of message coming from people in a position of power.