Herschel Walker's campaign downplays imagery before canceling fundraiser with host who had swastika on her Twitter page

Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker and former President Donald Trump at a rally in September. (Peter Zay / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker canceled a fundraiser on Wednesday after her host was exposed on her Twitter profile for using a swastika made from hypodermic needles.
The former running back of the NFL and the University of Georgia is running in Georgia as Republican for the Senate seat of Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) In the 2022 mid-term election. He is supported by former President Donald Trump.
Walker was scheduled to attend a fundraiser in Texas this weekend hosted by conservative filmmaker Bettina Sofia Viviano-Langlais. Early Wednesday, Patricia Murphy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeted a screenshot of Viviano-Langlais' Twitter profile with an image of a swastika made from hypodermic needles.
According to the journal constitution, a Walker spokeswoman initially downplayed the Nazi images in Viviano-Langlais' profile.
"This is clearly a graph against mandatory vaccination," said the spokeswoman. "Herschel is clearly against anti-Semitism and bigotry of all kinds."
According to the Journal Constitution, the images are being used by some opponents of COVID-19 vaccines in Texas. The image was replaced with a photo of a Texan flag reading "God Bless Texas" on Viviano-Langlais' Twitter profile shortly after the Journal constitution reported it.
On Wednesday afternoon, Walker canceled the fundraiser with an updated statement from his campaign.
"The previously planned event was canceled," said spokeswoman Mallory Blount on The Hill. “Herschel is a strong friend of Israel and the Jewish community and opposes hatred and bigotry of all kinds. Despite the fact that the graphic was obviously intended to condemn government vaccine mandates, the symbol used is very offensive and does not reflect Herschel's values Walker or his campaign. "
A Twitter fundraiser invitation that was $ 500 to enter and $ 5,800 for VIP status and a photo with Walker has been deleted. Walker's campaign announced earlier this week that he raised $ 3.7 million to defeat Warnock, who swapped one of two former Georgia Senate seats for the Democrats alongside Jon Ossoff in 2020.
Georgia Democratic Party spokesman Dan Gottlieb condemned Walker's association with Viviano-Langlais and the initial response of his campaign.
"Herschel Walker defended a swastika, and canceling a fundraiser doesn't change the fact that he didn't condemn a hateful, anti-Semitic symbol," Gottlieb told The Hill.
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American football player, running back, Heisman Trophy winner, College Football Hall of Fame member

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