Back in 2020 when both Jon Ossof and Raphael Warnock squeezed out Democratic victories in Georgia — thereby assuring that there would be a 50-50 Senate — a lot of us figured that situation probably would not last long. Warnock’s victory was part of a “special” election to replace Republican Senator Johnny Isakson, who had resigned in December 2019 due to health concerns.
For some reason, Georgia Republicans decided to nominate Hershel Walker, the former great running back who won a Heisman Trophy in 1982 while playing for the University of Georgia. Walker, who has been a long-time Republican, supported Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020, and was rewarded with a position as a co-chair of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition.
Walker has supported Trump’s election lies, and in return Trump has encouraged Walker to run for the U.S. Senate in Georgia.
Of course, one little problem is that Walker lived in Texas.
Walker was able to re-establish residency in Georgia — where he has historically been very popular — and effectively “froze” the field of potential Republican Senate candidates. He cleaned up in the Republican primary on the 24th of May, receiving 68.6% of the vote over a weak field of largely unknowns to face off with Warnock.
Herschel Walker is a word salad that makes Donald Trump look articulate
The only problem is that Walker is a word salad that makes Donald Trump look articulate.
For example, this was Walker’s answer on “Fox & Friends,” with respect to how to curb mass shootings in the wake of the Uvalde, Texas, massacre:
We need to get into what happened to him, why, by putting money in mental health. Have people thought about that? We’ve gotta get back into prayer. People thinking now praying is bad. No, it’s not bad. We need to pray for things like that. We need to continue to go out and fight, continue to take your constitutional rights away, and I think we can’t do that.
Also on Fox News Walker where he stands on gun control measures such as universal background checks or raising the age to buy assault weapons from 18 to 21, Walker said this:
Well, you know, it’s always been an issue, because as I said earlier on, they wanna score political points … People see that it’s a person wielding that weapon, you know, Cain killed Abel. And that’s the problem that we have. And I said, what we need to do is look into how we can stop those things. You talk about doing a disinformation, what about getting a department that can look at young men that’s looking at women, that’s looking at their social media? What about doing that, looking into things like that, and we can stop that that way?
Here’s what the Georgia Republican Senate candidate said about climate change during a recent campaign event:
Since we don’t control the air, our good air decided to float over to China’s bad air. So when China gets our good air, their bad air got to move. So it moves over to our good air space. Then — now we got we to clean that back up.
In addition, like The Former Guy that has (naturally) endorsed him, Walker is also a liar and confabulator. There was the report that Walker claimed to be in law enforcement when he wasn’t. And the public acknowledgment of having three children with women he was not married to, after railing against black men who have children out of wedlock.
He has described himself as the proprietor of a food service business that he compared to a “mini–Tyson Foods,” claiming that it employed more than 100 people across several plants and brought in nearly $100 million in sales. In reality, the company’s profits were less than $2 million and had only eight employees. Walker had simply licensed his name to the business.
Or, he claimed that he had a company with “250 people that sew drapery and bedspreads” for Herschel Walker Enterprises and Renaissance Hospitality, and that these products are provided to “major hotels, restaurants and hospitals with custom fabric bedding, drapery and window treatments,” the truth is that Renaissance Hospitality doesn’t exist anymore, and that it wasn’t owned by Walker, but was owned by a friend.
Also, Herschel Walker said there are 52 states. Should we care?
Herschel Walker is a Walking Hypocrite
It’s not enough that Walker is a word salad, he is also — like many of his fellow Republicans — a walking hypocrite on abortion. The “no exceptions” Walker, it turns out, paid for a girl-friend of his to have an abortion.
No surprise there.
Oh, and also, the “family values” guy fathered four children with four different women.
Oh, and also, one of those kids revealed that Walker threatened to kill him and his mother.
Oh, and in her 2001 divorce from Walker, his ex-wife accused him of having pointed a pistol at her head while saying “I’m going to blow your funking brains out.”
Contrast with Warnock
By contrast, Warnock, who served as the youth pastor and then assistant pastor at Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York and as the senior pastor at Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, became famous for having served as the senior pastor of the Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Atlanta (the church where Martin Luther King Jr. was the long-time pastor). Aside from the fame that comes with the Ebeneezer position, Warnock eventually came to prominence in Georgia as a leader in the campaign to expand Medicaid in the state. Warnock also chaired the New Georgia Project, a nonpartisan organization focused on voter registration.
Of course, the Republican party, those profiles in courage, have doubled down on Walker. I guess there attitude could be summed up by former NRA spokesmodel Dana Loesch, who said, “don’t care if Herschel Walker paid to abort endangered baby eagles, I want control of the Senate.”