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Herschel Walker’s Campaign Says Swastika Profile Pic Wasn’t Intended To Support Bigotry

Herschel Walker’s Campaign Says Swastika Profile Pic Wasn’t Intended To Support Bigotry

Herschel Walker’s campaign for one of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats has released a statement in response to a profile picture used by a fundraiser host, saying that the swastika-like design was only intended to express sentiments against vaccination, and not to endorse antisemitism or bigotry.

PERRY, GA – SEPTEMBER 25: Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks at a rally featuring former US President Donald Trump on September 25, 2021 in Perry, Georgia. Georgia Secretary of State candidate Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) and Georgia Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate State Sen. Burt Jones (R-GA) also appeared as guests at the rally. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Bettina Viviano, an entertainment industry business owner, is one of the hosts for an event coming up this weekend, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. It’s a $500-per-attendee fundraiser for Herschel Walker, with the option to chip in another $5,800 for a photo op with the Senate candidate.

However, journalist Patricia Murphy raised a separate concern about Viviano — her profile photo, which appeared to be a swastika made out of hypodermic needles.

Walker’s campaign responded, calling the logo “clearly an anti-mandatory vaccination graphic” and disavoing any connection to antisemitism or bigotry of any kind.

Viviano has since changed the profile pic — though an archived copy shows the swastika image, the current profile photo is of a “God Blessed Texas” flag sign.

[Screenshot via Bettina Viviano/Twitter]

However, she hasn’t deleted several tweets in which her account responds to news stories or other posts using this image — such as the tweet below, responding to a Newsweek article with the needle swastika, alongside a “F*** Joe Biden” flag image and other antivax propaganda.

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Walker has the endorsement of former president Donald Trump, though the Associated Press reports that events raised in his past, including allegations that he repeatedly threatened the life of his ex-wife, could be detrimental to his efforts.

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