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Delaware U.S. Senate candidate mired in controversy

NewsDelaware U.S. Senate candidate mired in controversy

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A former drug runner for Mexican cartels who battled her own opioid addiction before ultimately overcoming it through a faith-based program, Lauren Witzke’s platform is inspired by her life experience.

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Editor’s Note: The Review has reached out to Lauren Witzke for U.S. Senate for comment on this article.

On Sept. 18, three days after being voted the Republican nominee and within hours after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, a post was made on U.S. Senate candidate Lauren Witzke’s campaign Facebook page that claimed Ginsburg had an obsession with abortion and included a meme of three Black children dancing with the caption, “Black babies when Ruth Vader Ginsburg dies.”

The backlash was immediate, with Witzke’s campaign citing reactions as strong as threats and attempts to dox Witzke and her family. In response, the campaign’s account initially deleted the photo and retained the message but ultimately deleted the entire post. Following the incident, Republican Delaware Senator representing District seven, Anthony Delcollo called on Witzke to suspend her campaign.

“This confirms what I have already come to believe; the candidate in question is unfit to lead,” Delcollo wrote in a Facebook post. “I call upon candidate Witzke to suspend her campaign immediately. I also ask that the Delaware Republican Party revoke their support for this candidate. Delaware deserves better.”

This was neither the first instance of controversy to emerge from Witzke’s campaign, nor would it be the last.

From the start, Witzke’s campaign has been an unconventional one. A former drug runner for Mexican cartels who battled her own opioid addiction before ultimately overcoming it through a faith-based program, Witzke’s platform is inspired by her life experience.

Namely, she wants to establish a 10-year moratorium on immigration, a “one-in, one-out” policy that would more closely control the number of new United States residents gaining citizenship from outside countries. Other aspects of her “America First” platform include re-diverting welfare funding into an incentive program to get married and have children and a constitutional amendment to ban abortion.

Witzke is also an outspoken supporter of the Second Amendment, and has expressed opposition to most gun control legislation, a view that was called into question after a hostile encounter between attendees at one of her rallies and a group of counter-protesters.

On Sept. 24, an attendee at a Witzke rally outside the Delaware Republican Party Headquarters pulled a gun on a group of people protesting the GOP U.S. Senate candidate. Witzke quickly denounced the act on Facebook, and the man was later indicted on two felony charges.

“Firearms should only ever be used to defend life and property,” Witzke wrote. “I denounce this behavior completely, and will support law enforcement as they work to resolve the situation.”

Witzke was not so quick to denounce the right-wing group “Proud Boys,” labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group, who also made appearances at her rallies carrying firearms. The day after President Trump did not officially condemn them at the first 2020 presidential debate, Witzke took to Twitter to defend and thank the group for providing her with free security.

The Delaware Republican Party continues to back Lauren Witzke as their candidate. She will face incumbent Democrat Senator Chris Coons in the upcoming general election on Nov. 3.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. What is your definition of “right wing”, and what makes the Proud Boys “right wing”? — also: what makes the SPLC an authority on when a group is a “hate group”? — having seen them referenced quite a bit, it seems to me the SPLC is the organization dishing out most of the “hate”.

    You know, intelligent readers do ask themselves these questions, so an intelligent author (are you one?) should answer them, preferably in the article — else it appears what’s expected from the reader is a kind of mind reading, or alternatively mindless acceptance of the usual regurgitated pejorative appellations found here (“right wing”, “hate group”, blah blah, etc etc) — and you wouldn’t want that, would you?

      • The opposite adjectives are nothing you’d want to be…Pro Alien Invader, Pro Government (Any Government?), Dependent, Anti-Self Protection..

        I guess being Right wing is an American thing.

  2. Witzke was not so quick to denounce the right-wing group “Proud Boys,” labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group”…Ok. Enough read… Typical lefty white-hating activist-scribbler.

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