A Texas fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker was rejected after it emerged the host’s Twitter profile photo featured a swastika made of syringes.
The event scheduled at the home of Texas filmmaker Bettina Sofia Viviano-Langlais, a Republican donor, is now canceled, Walker’s campaign said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that the candidate, who is running for election in Georgia, “s’ opposes hatred and sectarianism towards All Forms. “
Walker’s campaign initially defended Viviano-Langlais’ use of the Nazi symbol, saying in a statement hours earlier that it was “a clear anti-mandatory vaccination graphic,” according to The Atlanta Journal. -Constitution, which first reported to the GOP donor. profile picture Wednesday morning.
The swastika is used by some opponents of vaccination warrants in Texas and across the country.
Viviano-Langlais allegedly deleted the image from his profile shortly after the publication of the Journal-Constitution article.
“Herschel is a great friend of Israel and the Jewish community and opposes hatred and bigotry in all its forms,” Walker’s spokesman Mallory Blount told the Washington Post.
“Despite the fact that the apparent intention behind the graphic was to condemn government vaccine mandates, the symbol used is very offensive and does not reflect the values of Herschel Walker or his campaign.”
Viviano-Langlais replied to the tweet embedded above, identifying himself as the person who posted the image.
“Because of the left’s need to silence free speech, I suppressed it. It’s crazy to think this photo was anti-Semetic, ”she wrote. “Desperate actually. It was a photo showing what happens when the fascists demand that people insert foreign bodies into their bodies that they don’t want.
Tickets for the fundraiser started at $ 500 per person, according to the Journal-Constitution, citing an invitation Viviano-Langlais published and which has since been withdrawn. VIP access, including a photo with Walker, costs $ 5,800.
Earlier this year, the filmmaker and her husband Jim Langlais hosted a “Texas is Now Open” party where attendees burned their masks in a bonfire.
Walker, a former NFL star whose candidacy is endorsed by former President Donald Trump, is a frontrunner for the GOP nomination in the 2022 Georgia Senate race to challenge Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), who was elected in the second round. elections earlier this year.
His campaign got off to a good start despite allegations of domestic violence and a history of disturbing and unpredictable behavior detailed in a July Associated Press report.