On Sunday, Senator Sandlin, a Republican who represents the 36th District in Johnson County Indiana, posted an image that read "In one day Trump got more fat women out walking than Michelle Obama did in 8 years"— directly referencing Michelle Obama's campaign to fight obesity. The image was shared from Mike's Corner, a Facebook group that often shares anti-liberal, anti-leftist memes.
Jack Sandlin has since deleted the post, but not before screenshots of it have been widely shared all over the internet.
The rookie Senator tried to do some damage control by claiming that he either didn't share the post himself, or that he "accidently clicked something" that made the image appear on his page. According to Indiana news source IndyStar, Sandlin
apologized made a bunch of excuses about it on his Facebook by writing "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."
People (but mostly women) are taking action against the Senator by encouraging people to call his office with complaints and, of course, thoroughly dragging him on Twitter.
As of Monday morning, Sandlin deleted the explanation and protected his tweets. In an interview with IndyStar, Jack Sandlin spoke about the fat-phobic meme. "I don't believe that I put it there. 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 claims he was traveling most of the day Sunday after attending Donald Trump's inauguration in Washington D.C.