Georgia Republican Senator calls off fundriser event over image of swastika made of syringes
Georgia Republican Sen. Herschel Walker rescinded a Texas fundraiser after a swastika-styled logo was displayed on an event organizer’s Twitter.
Walker had to call off the event scheduled on Saturday at the suburban Dallas after Patricia Murphy, a political columnist placed a logo of a group of syringes arranged to form a swastika in her Twitter to protest against vaccine mandate.
Walker’s campaigned described the image as “clearly an anti-mandatory vaccination graphic.”
Also in the Jolt this am, one of the hosts for a weekend fundraiser for @HerschelWalker this weekend appears to have a swastika as her profile pic. We have reached out for a response from the Walker camp. pic.twitter.com/MynCVfvn93— Patricia Murphy (@politicalinsidr) October 13, 2021
“Herschel is a strong friend of Israel and the Jewish community and opposes hatred and bigotry of all forms,” campaign spokesperson Mallory Blount said. “Despite the fact that the apparent intent 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.”
However, Murphy was not the only one to use the reference to Nazism to oppose the new mandates.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) compared mask mandate to anti-Jewish laws by Nazi German during the Holocaust earlier this year and apologizing later.
“Those linking the atrocities committed by the Nazis to modern day public health policies must retract their shameless comparisons, take responsibility, and cease their exploitation of Jewish suffering as a political tactic,” Allison Padilla-Goodman, vice president of the southern division of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement. “We’re glad to see the fundraiser was canceled, and the behaviors of the host were denounced as offensive.”