Herschel Walker cancels Georgia Senate fundraiser with woman who displayed swastika
Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker canceled a fundraiser with 'conservative film producer' who until Wednesday used swastika images as her Twitter profile picture.
The Republicans campaign said in a statement that the event at Bettina Sofia Viviano-Langlais Texas home has been canceled and that he rejects hatred and bigotry. The event was canceled hours after the campaign claimed the symbol wasnt a swastika.
After The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on the fundraiser hosted by Viviano-Langlais, who had previously mentioned a set of syringes arranged in a tassel as her Twitter profile picture, the candidate had been blasted. The Nazi symbol, which she removed shortly after the story was published, is being used by Texas opponents of vaccination mandates.
Walkers campaign spokeswoman early Wednesday stated that the symbol is clearly an anti-mandatory vaccination graphic. Walker, in a statement released hours later, denied her use of the symbol and stated that he opposes antisemitism and bigotry in all forms.
The campaign stated, Despite the fact that the apparent purpose behind the graphic was to condemn government vaccine mandates, the symbol used is offensive and does not reflect the views of Herschel Walker or his campaign."
Democrats and other critics expressed their shock at the swastika and the campaigns initial reaction. The Jewish Democratic Council of America called the proud display of swastikas absolutely vile and the Jewish Democrats Salon called it beyond unacceptable.
A swastika is a, the group added.
State Democrats also criticised the campaign for not immediately distancing itself from Viviano-Langlais Nazi symbolism.
Dan Gottlieb of the Democratic Party of Georgia said, "Herschel Walker defended a swastika, and canceling hed o neade tees doesn't change the fact that il failed to condemn 'a hateful, antisemitic symbol."
Viviano-Langlais promoted the event at her home in the exurbs of Dallas with an invite posted on Twitter that stated it would cost attendees $500 to attend the reception, and another $5,800 for VIP treatment.
Viviano-Langlais has for years, on her social media page, equated vaccine mandates to fascist views. She also hosted a Texas is Now Open mask-burning bonfire party at their home in March. Several former Trump campaign staffers were called as speakers for the night.
She stated in a post Wednesday that she removed the symbol because of the lefts desire to silence free speech and that it wasnt intended to be antisemitic.
It was a picture showing what happens when fascists demand that people insert foreign material into their bodies they dont want, she said.
(Staff writer Patricia Murphy contributed to this piece for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.)
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