Senate hopeful Herschel Walker cancels Collin County event over Swastika-NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Georgia Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker has canceled a fundraiser in North Texas because an organizer showed a swastika made from syringes in her social media profile to protest mandatory COVID-19 vaccination.

The Walker campaign said Wednesday it had canceled the event, which was scheduled for Saturday in suburban Dallas at the home of Bettina Sofia Viviano-Langlais.

“Herschel is a strong friend of Israel and the Jewish community and is against hatred and ingenuity in all its forms,” ​​said campaign spokeswoman Mallory Blount. “Despite the apparent intention behind the graphic was to condemn the government’s vaccination mandates, the symbol used is very offensive and does not reflect the values ​​of Herschel Walker or his campaign.”

The campaign had previously denied that the symbol was a swastika.

“Herschel Walker defended a swastika, and the cancellation of a collection does not change the fact that he did not condemn a hateful, anti-Semitic symbol.” This was stated by a spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia, Dan Gottlieb, in a statement.

Former President Donald Trump called on the football giant and his longtime friend to join the race for the Republican nomination against Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock in 2022. Walker is running against three other Republicans, including Georgia State Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.

The fundraiser required a $ 500 donation to enter and $ 5,800 for a private VIP reception. The Walker campaign said Monday it had raised $ 3.7 million in the quarter ending Sept. 30.

Viviano-Langlais has been a filmmaker and outspoken opponent of mandatory mask and vaccines. Published accounts indicate that Viviano-Langlais hosted a “Texas is Now Open” mask burning in her house in Parker, Texas, in conjunction with the GOP-crooked Dallas Jewish Conservatives in March, after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott repealed the state’s mask mandate

The syringe cross has appeared in protests against vaccine mandates in other parts of the United States and the world. Jewish groups have condemned the symbol.

Allison Padilla-Goodman, vice president of the Southern Division of the Anti-Defamation League, said comparing vaccines to Nazism has become “a common and unpleasant tool for political gain.”

“Those who link the atrocities committed by the Nazis to today’s public health policy must withdraw their shameless comparisons, take responsibility and cease their exploitation of Jewish suffering as a political tactic,” Padilla-Goodman said in a statement. “We are pleased to see that the collection was canceled and the host’s behavior was condemned as offensive.”


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