In response to Keller Williams’ booting of Lynne DiSanto from its realty roster, Pat Powers continues to feebly excuse the radical right-wing Representative’s posting of an offensive “All Lives Splatter” post-Charlottesville meme on Facebook:
As I noted earlier, it’s not something I would have posted on social media. (The last things I posted were that I bought Shania Twain tickets, a picture of Thune Staffer Ben Ready, and a meme over the unending Garth Brooks posts we’re now being subjected to).
But even moreso in light of this action, if Facebook memes are the things we get outraged about, we’ve apparently run out of real things to be outraged over [Pat Powers, “State Rep. Lynne DiSanto’s Employer Parts Ways with Her over Meme Controversy.,” Dakota War College, 2017.09.19].
Powers forgets how quickly he runs out of things to be outraged over and rakes his political targets over the coals for their social media postings:
Last month, when I responded to a citizen who called me a liar by posting on Facebook a quote from Dr. Frank O. Bowman’s Impeachable Offenses blog on Donald Trump’s persistent lying, Powers worked up his predictable outrage at me (though notice he focused on attacking me personally, not challenging the main thesis that his party’s White House occupant really is an inveterate liar).
Last April, Powers immediately pounced on newly declared Democratic U.S. House candidate Chris Martian for posting swear words online. When Martian called Rep. Kristi Noem a “shameless lying moronic piece of s***” on Twitter last May, Powers said the posting showed “the kind of decorum and spirit of compromise he hopes to bring to Washington.”
In 2014, after realizing Annette Bosworth was not useful to his political purposes, Powers found Bosworth’s online postings worth reprinting to erode what little reputation she might have had left.
This month he whined and moaned about Shantel Krebs’s apparent decision to block him from her Facebook page. For thinking online postings aren’t worth getting worked up over, Powers sure cries if he’s not able to access those postings to take easy potshots at candidates he doesn’t like.
Once again, Pat Powers needs to pick a lane. The easier lane would be to acknowledge that our words matter, online and off, and that the folks (including her former employer, Keller Williams) who are upset with Rep. DiSanto’s casual endorsement of violence against protesters are at least as justified in calling DiSanto to task as Powers is in spotlighting the social media activities of other public figures.