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South Dakota lawmaker apologizes for Facebook post

September 20, 2017

FILE - In this an. 28, 2016 file photo, South Dakota Republican state Rep. Lynne DiSanto testifies in a state House committee at the Capitol in Pierre, S.D. DiSanto has apologized for a Facebook post where she shared a meme Sept. 7, 2017, depicting protesters being hit by a vehicle. It was posted less than a month after a driver rammed through counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., killing a woman. (AP Photo/James Nord, File)

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Republican South Dakota legislator under fire for a Facebook post has apologized for a “lack of judgment.”

Rep. Lynne DiSanto of Box Elder shared a meme Sept. 7 depicting protesters being hit by a vehicle. It was posted less than a month after a driver hit counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a woman.

DiSanto told the Rapid City Journal she should have taken that into consideration, and doesn’t condone protesters being hit by vehicles.

DiSanto is a Realtor. David Kahler with Keller Williams Realty Black Hills told The Associated Press that the Rapid City-based firm was disassociating itself with DiSanto.

House Majority Leader Lee Qualm tells The Associated Press that the incident won’t affect DiSanto’s position as House majority whip.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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