Indiana state senator Jack Sandlin claims he didn’t share a fat-shaming meme referencing Michelle Obama about the Women’s March on Saturday.
Sandlin apprently shared the meme on Facebook, which was first posted by Mike’s Corner, a right-wing Facebook page that frequently shares misogynist and racist imagery to its 180,000 followers.
The meme references the significant size of the Women’s March on Saturday and targets former first lady Michelle Obama’s achievements through her “Let’s Move!” campaign. It went up on Mike’s Corner on that same day and it’s been shared over 360,000 times.
— Janice (@dragonheisey) January 23, 2017
Sandlin seems to have shared the photo on Sunday without adding any commentary, according to a screenshot captured and posted on Twitter. Facebook and Twitter users have been criticizing Sandlin in comments on his social media handles.
So, Indiana's own state Senator Jack Sandlin found this appropriate to share on his FB page today. His office number is 317-232-9414. pic.twitter.com/0hxhReMTXZ
— ????????Michele???????? (@ShellyBksf) January 23, 2017
Hoosier friends & family who went out and marched this weekend: Please let Senator Jack Sandlin know you don't appreciate this: pic.twitter.com/i0Ty2EzxIR
— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) January 23, 2017
I saw this and I can't even laugh. It's a post by IN st senator Jack Sandlin. Keep it up, Trump supporters. You're going to make 2018 easy. pic.twitter.com/ipZDp8StZm
— Steph (@onlymrshamilton) January 23, 2017
— Julie Silver (@JulieAnnSilver) January 23, 2017
Sandlin later tried to explain what happened, writing another post on his Facebook page that has since been deleted. According to screenshots, Sandlin wrote, “Apparently there is an offensive post on Facebook that’s attributed to me about women in Washington marching. Not sure how that ended up on my Facebook wall but that certainly does not reflect my opinion of women. People who know me will know that’s not my view.”
“I don’t believe that I put it there,” Sandlin told IndyStar. “There’s always an outside chance that I could have hit something. I know others that have had stuff show up on their Facebook wall as well,” he added.
The Republican state senator is a former police officer and Army veteran who currently runs a private investigating firm. He has pro-life views and is currently member of the NRA.