Georgia Republican Senate hopeful Herschel Walker suspended the Texas fundraiser Wednesday after an event organizer showed a group of protesters planned to create a swastika in his Twitter photo to protest protests.
The fundraiser was scheduled for Saturday in the Dallas suburb of filmmaker Bettina Sofia Viviano-Langlais.
“Herschel is a strong ally of Israel and the Jewish community and opposes racism and xenophobia,” campaign spokesman Mallory Blount said. “Despite the fact that the purpose of this image was to defy a state defense order, the symbol used is offensive and does not reflect the character of Herschel Walker or his campaign.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which first noted the image, reported that Walker campaign initially described it as a “clear anti-binding drug.”
After the Constitution was published, the Viviano-Langlais posed for a photo entitled “God Bless Texas.”
“Herschel Walker defended the swastika,” a spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia, Dan Gotttlieb, said in a statement.
The syringe swastika image has become apparent during protests against patents in parts of the United States and around the world. Earlier this year, Attorney Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Apologized after comparing masks with anti-Semitic drugs and anti-Semitic laws imposed by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.
“Those who link the Nazi atrocities with modern public health laws should control their shameless imagery, take responsibility, and abandon their use of Jewish suffering as a political process,” Allison Padilla-Goodman, deputy president of the Southern Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement. “We are pleased to see that the payment process has been canceled, and the recipient’s behavior has been denounced as offensive.”
Fundraiser for Walker, who is hoping to challenge Democrat Raphael Warnock in next year’s election, needed $ 500 million to cover $ 5,800 for VIP admission in secret. The Walker Campaign announced Monday that it has raised $ 3.7 million in the third quarter of this year.
Walker, a former Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Georgia Bulldogs, was backed by former President Donald Trump – who encouraged him to enter the race earlier this year. Walker faced three other Republican primary leaders, including Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.