QAnon/GOP Senate Nominee Praises Proud Boys

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.