Trump-approved candidate reluctantly cancels event with supporter if Twitter Bio contains a swastika made of syringes

One of the recurring features of the Trump era was to Donald Trump or one of his acolytes to say or do something in front of countless witnesses and then insist that it never happened, i.e. piss on the legs of the public and tell them it’s raining. A short, by no means crucial list of this phenomenon would include the 45th president swearing he never called the late Senator John McCain a loser, despite tweeting a clip of himself calling McCain a loser taber; to claim that the coronavirus would “miraculously” disappear in April and then say he never put a date on it; and literally tell rally-goers to “knock the dirt out of” protesters before insisting that he “no way, form or fashion [had] ever promoted or encouraged violence. “While former politicians made careers by twisting the truth, Trump & Co. decided. to renounce such customs and outright lie to the faces of the people, which is ironic given the number of followers who say they have voted for him because he allegedly told them the truth.

Anyway, we bring this up because before Trump’s rise, a candidate for office would not actually think they could get away with claiming that an image that is, of course, a swastika was anything but a swastika. But today they not only did that, but acted deeply offended that someone would suggest otherwise. According to the Daily Beast:

Former NFL player Herschel Walker, who is running as a Republican for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, canceled a weekend fundraiser Wednesday after one of the hosts used a swastika consisting of syringes as his Twitter profile picture. Walker’s team had originally defended the woman, the film and television producer Bettina Viviano-Langlais, when a Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist pointed out the picture. “This is clearly an anti-mandatory vaccination graphic,” a spokesman for Walker said. “Herschel is unequivocally against anti-Semitism and cheating of all kinds.”

The “clear” here is really the funniest part of the statement when it “clear” is the image in question of the Nazi insignia, albeit a bizarre one composed of syringes.

Democrats and other groups who think anti-Semitism is actually a bad thing reacted with horror to the image and Walker’s response, with the Jewish Democratic Council in America saying the proud display was “absolutely disgusting.” The Jewish Democratic Women’s Salon called it “beyond unacceptable” and added that a “swastika is a swastika.”

Walker is one of four Republicans hoping to challenge the senator Raphael Warnock next year; he was enthusiastically approved by Trump last month. According to CNN, a Texas woman told police in 2002 that Walker had threatened and persecuted her and that at least two other women, including Walker’s ex-wife and ex-boyfriend, had accused him of making threats and told authorities he said he would shoot them in the face. In other words, you can see why Trump likes the guy. Walker’s campaign refused to respond to the 2002 allegations, citing his previous struggles with mental health. In a statement, a spokesman for Walker said: “It is sad that many in politics and the media praised Herschel for his transparency for over ten years ago now making false statements, stereotypes, attacking and trying to sensationalize his past just because he is a Republican Senate candidate. โ€

Hours after defending the spray cross, Walker canceled the collection with Viviano-Langlais, where his campaign said: “Despite the fact that the intention behind the graphic was to condemn the government’s vaccine mandates, the symbol used is very offensive and does not reflect the values โ€‹โ€‹of Herschel Walker or his campaign.” In a video posted Wednesday, Viviano-Langlais claimed she was forced to remove the symbol “because of the left’s need to curb free speech” and said she had no intention of being anti-Semitic. “It was a picture that shows what happens when fascists demand that people put foreign material in their body they don’t want,” she said.

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Trump is telling his supporters that they should not vote in the next two elections

https://twitter.com/samstein/status/1448387821908205570

This would, of course, be an excellent result for the country and democracy in general and actually has a small shot of actually happening. Last year, Trump advocates told supporters they should not vote in the Georgia runoffs, calling them “another election,” and Democrats gained control of the Senate.

The January 6 committee says it does not take shit or catch

Investigators investigating the events surrounding the Capitol attack have a message for Trump officials who are thinking of obstructing justice:

The House committee, which is investigating the January 6 attack, plans to intensify its efforts to force Trump officials to cooperate with its investigation, and on Wednesday it issued a subpoena to a former Justice Department official who is considered the key to the investigation. The former president’s efforts to overturn election results. The committee said it is seeking records and testimony from Jeffrey Clark, a Trump Justice Department official who tried to use the department’s resources to support former President Donald Trump’s false allegations of massive vote-rigging in the 2020 election.

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