ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker has called off a fundraiser in Texas because an organizer was displaying a swastika made of syringes in her social media profile.
The event had been scheduled for Saturday in suburban Dallas at the home of Bettina Sofia Viviano-Langlais, who was using the symbol to protest mandatory COVID-19 vaccination.
Spokesperson Mallory Blount says Walker is a “strong friend of Israel and the Jewish community” and says the symbol is offensive.
In a statement, Dan Gottlieb, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia, said the cancellation doesn’t change Walker’s failure to condemn the host’s use of the anti-Semitic symbol.
Earlier Wednesday, Blount denied it was a swastika.
Former President Donald Trump urged the football great to enter the race for the Republican nomination against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in 2022.