Lauren Witzke was born in 1989. She is challenging Senator Chris Coons in the race for Delaware’s Senate seat.
Lauren Witzke is a political activist and public speaker. She graduated from Goldey Beacom Business College in business management. She has been active in conservative causes, including working at CPAC, and worked as a field operator in Iowa for Donald Trump’s campaign. Witzke is a former Teen Challenge program director.
Witzke worked for a pharmaceutical company in Wilmingon. She has openly stated that she became addicted to opioids and has made battling opioid epidemic one of the highlights of her Senate campaign. Witzke is running for public office for the first time.
The Republican primary in Delaware took place on September 15, 2020. Messner won the primary with 56.9% of the vote.
Below is Lauren Witzke’s record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.
Witzke has expressed support in the past for the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon – which the Federal Bureau of Investigation has deemed a potential domestic terror threat. Witzke has directly expressed support for the conspiracy theory. In 2019, she tweeted twice #WW1WGA and posted on Instagram the hashtag #Qarmy, references to QAnon slogans. She also posted a picture of herself wearing a shirt that said “We Are Q” and “WWG1WGA”. In January 2020, she said that she was no longer promoting the conspiracy, but she seems to have maintained ties with others who do.
Witzke did an interview for VDARE, a website that is associated with white supremacists and anti-Semites. In that interview, she stated that “America is tired of Communist media outlets like CNN and the rest absurdly smearing Americans who want to limit immigration — including African Americans, Cubans, and Jews — as white nationalists or somehow fringe.”
Witzke has been associated with white nationalists and anti-Semites. She publicly thanked far-right activist Nicholas Fuentes after he congratulated her for the primary victory. Fuentes marched in the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and has questioned the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust.
Similarly, Witzke’s former campaign manager, Michael Sisco, had a history of making anti-Semitic remarks and had ties with Nicholas Fuentes and other white nationalists. Prior to joining Witzke’s campaign as manager, Sisco worked as campaign field director for Bobby Schilling, a Republican candidate for Iowa’s 2nd district. Sisco was fired by Schilling after he invited Fuentes to speak at a campaign event.
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Has supported the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/09/meet-lauren-witzke-the-qanon-friendly-senate-nominee-in-delaware.html
Ties with white nationalists and anti-Semites https://www.thedailybeast.com/new-qanon-allied-gop-candidate-lauren-witzke-also-pushed-anti-semitism-flat-earthism-and-911-conspiracies
Did an interview for website with ties to white supremacists https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/lauren-witzke-delawares-gop-senate-candidate-appears-on-site-with-ties-to-white-supremacists