On Thursday, former organizer of GOP candidate Herschel Walker, Bettina Viviano-Langlais spoke exclusively to the Daily Mail and expressed her disappointment on losing the Walker’s campaign. Earlier on Wednesday, his campaign called her profile picture an anti-mandatory vaccination graphic but later Wednesday denounced her after facing backlash from many including prominent Jewish groups.
Film producer Bettina Sofia Viviano-Langlais had planned an event in her home in suburban Texas, on Saturday. The event expected donors to give $500 as entry fee and $5,800 for a VIP private reception. Herschel Walker, who is the Georgia Senate hopeful and has been endorsed by Donald Trump, was to attend the event.
However, Viviano-Langlais posted a profile picture on Twitter that caused widespread outrage and anguish. The image was of syringes in the shape of a swastika. The Swastika had been appropriated by the Nazis. It is an ancient Hindu symbol.
Viviano-Langlais told the Daily Mail that her biggest disappointment was that one more Conservative had decided “to succumb to the outrage mob, cancel culture and cancel the event.”
She said that she chose the symbol as an artistic protest against what she termed as violation of human rights. She said that the nation was being held hostage by the vaccine mandate and mentioned Southwest Airlines as an example.
However, critics were horrified by the swastika as well as the initial reaction of the Herschel campaign. Early Wednesday the Walker campaign said that the film producer’s profile picture on Twitter was “clearly an anti-mandatory vaccination graphic.”
However, late Wednesday, campaign spokesperson Mallory Blount said on Twitter that Herschel was a strong friend of Israel and the Jewish community and opposed hate and bigotry of all forms. It said that although the intent behind the graphic was to condemn government vaccine mandates, the symbol used was “very offensive” and did not reflect the “values of Herschel Walker or his campaign.”
Viviano-Langlais changed her profile picture after the fundraiser was cancelled but defended herself on social media called her critics “paid liberal bots” and a few other comments that might also be called rude or a crass use of language.
Credit Image Twitter : Syringe swastika featured on social media profile of a Texas fundraiser organizer for Georgia Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker