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Public Officials Feel Backlash Of Social Media Posts

Sandlin

An Indiana state senator is apologizing for an "offensive" message about women who attended the Women's March on Washington, but says he doesn't know how it was posted to his Facebook account.

The meme says, "In one day, Trump got more fat women out walking, than Michelle Obama did in 8 years," and appears to include a photo of women participating in Saturday's march. It has since been deleted.



Republican Sen. Jack Sandlin says the post does not represent his views toward women and that it is "unclear" how the post appeared on his Facebook page.

He refused to answer additional questions from The Associated Press on Monday. His press secretary, Matt Werner, confirmed the content of the message that appeared on the account but declined to comment further.

Other public officials across the U.S. are facing consequences for social media postings, including another in Indiana. Posts by the two Indiana lawmakers deemed offensive led Republican statehouse leaders to offer social media tutorials.

A Park Ridge, Illinois, school board member resigned after using a derogative term for female anatomy to describe marchers.

President Donald Trump made twitter rants and opposition to "political correctness" a key to his appeal. But experts say most people, and even politicians, can't get away with similar antics.

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