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Herschel Walker, a hopeful from the U.S. Senate’s Republican Party of Georgia, stopped fundraising in Texas on Wednesday after the event organization posted a group of syringes made to create a swastika in its Twitter profile as a protest against vaccines.

The fundraiser was scheduled to take place on Saturday at the home of Dallas suburban film producer Bettina Sofia Viviano-Langlais.

“Herschel is a strong friend of the Israeli and Jewish community and against all hatred and bigotry,” said campaign spokeswoman Mallori Blount. “While the graph is intended to denigrate vaccine authority, the symbol used is very insulting and does not reflect the values ​​of Herschel Walker or his campaign.”

The Atlanta Constitution, which first recorded the image, reported The Walker campaign initially described it as a “chart against forced vaccination”.

After the magazine-Constitution published its story, the picture on Viviano-Langlais’s profile was changed to “God bless Texas”.

“Herschel Walker defended the swastika,” said Dan Gotttlieb, a spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia.

The image of the swastika syringe has appeared in other parts of the United States and around the world in protests against vaccines. Earlier this year, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) Apologized after comparing the powers of masks and vaccines with anti-Jewish laws enacted by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.

“Those who link the atrocities committed by the Nazis to modern health policy must renounce shameless comparisons, take responsibility and stop using the suffering of the Jews as a political tactic,” the vice president said. presidents Allison Padilla-Goodman. The League Against Slander, the statement said. “We are pleased that the fundraising has been canceled and that the landlord’s actions have been recognized as insulting.”

According to Walker, the profile picture is “very insulting and does not reflect the values ​​of Herschel Walker or his campaign.”

Walker, who hopes to run against Democrat Rafael Varnock in next year’s general election, needed $ 500 in charitable donations and $ 5,800 for a VIP personal reception. Walker said Monday that the campaign raised $ 3.7 million in the third quarter of this year.

Walker, the former winner of the Heisman Trophy for the University of Georgia Bulldogs, has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump – who encouraged him to take part in the race earlier this year. Walker will face three more Republicans in the main election, including Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.

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