Media Matters reports:
Lauren Witzke, the Republican-backed Senate candidate running in Delaware, recently praised the neo-fascist Proud Boys for providing “free security” for her and her supporters at a rally. Witzke’s support for the group is the latest instance of her promoting and endorsing far-right extremism. The Delaware Republican Party and chair Jane Brady did not respond to a request for comment about Witzke’s support for the Proud Boys and whether the Delaware GOP has a position on the group.
Witzke is a supporter of QAnon, the violence-linked conspiracy theory that started on message boards and has been labeled a potential domestic terror threat by the FBI. Witzke has frequently promoted VDare, a white nationalist website that also pushes anti-Semitism. She recently twice thanked VDare founder and editor Peter Brimelow — who is also a white nationalist — for, according to him, donating the maximum allowed amount to her campaign.
Witzke, who has been arrested for heroin and meth possession, says she used to smuggle drugs for Mexican cartels.
The Proud Boys showed up to one of my rallies to provide free security for me when #BLM and ANTIFA were protesting my candidacy.
I am grateful to them for volunteering their time to keep myself and my supporters safe!
— Lauren Witzke (@LaurenWitzkeDE) September 30, 2020