Atlanta (AP) – Georgia Republican. US Senate Candidate Herschel Walker has canceled a fundraiser in Texas because an administrator was showing a syringe made of syringes in his social media profile to protest the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination.
The Walker campaign said Wednesday it had canceled the event, which was scheduled for Saturday at the home of Bettina Sofia Vivano-Langlis in suburban Dallas.
Campaign spokeswoman Mallory Blount said Herschel is a strong friend of Israel and the Jewish community and opposes all forms of hatred and bigotry. “Despite the fact that the apparent purpose behind the graphic was to denounce the official vaccine mandate, the symbol used is very aggressive and does not reflect the values of Herschel Walker or his campaign.”
The campaign had earlier denied that the symbol was a swastika.
“Herschel Walker defended Sostika, and canceling the fundraiser does not change the fact that he failed to condemn the hateful, anti-Semitic symbol.” Georgia Democratic Party spokesman Dan Gottlieb said in a statement.
Former President Donald Trump has urged football’s great and longtime friend to run for the Republican nomination in 2022 against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. Walker is competing against three other Republicans, including Gary Blake, Georgia’s state agriculture commissioner.
The fundraiser needed $ 500 for admission and ، 5,800 for a VIP private reception. The Walker campaign said Monday it raised 3. 3.7 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30.
Viviano-Langlais is a film producer and has been a staunch opponent of essential masks and vaccines. Published accounts show that Viviano-Langlais hosted the “Texas Is Open” mask burning at her home in Parker, Texas, in March with GOP-leaning Dallas Jewish Conservatives and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. After lifting the state’s mask mandate
Syringe swastika has appeared in protests against the vaccine mandate in the United States and other parts of the world. Jewish groups have condemned the symbol.
Allison Pedilla Goodman, vice president of the anti-defamation league’s southern division, said comparing vaccines to Nazism had become “a common and dangerous tool for political gain.”
“Those who link the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis to modern public health policies must reclaim their shameless comparisons, accept responsibility and end Jewish suffering,” Pedella Goodman said in a statement. Stop exploiting India as a political ploy. ” “We were pleased to see that the fundraiser was canceled, and the host’s behavior was described as aggressive.”