Herschel Walker saying he worked with police, FBI is latest misrepresentation for Georgia GOP Senate candidate

Placeholder while loading article actions

During Herschel Walker’s Senate campaign, the Republican candidate in Georgia won the hearts of former President Donald Trump and GOP voters in hopes that he could defeat freshman Senator Raphael G. Warnock ( D) in November.

But the soccer legend’s campaign has also come under fire from critics and Democrats for false claims he made before and during his candidacy that have surfaced in recent months – of his college education and business experience. to its questioning of evolution and the promotion of a “fog”, he said. “would kill any covid on your body”.

The latest came on Monday when the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on previous speeches and statements by Walker about how he claimed in 2017 that he worked with police in Cobb County, Georgia. Two years later, Walker mentioned he was an FBI agent.

“I worked for law enforcement, didn’t you know that either?” he said in 2019. “I spent time at Quantico at the FBI training school. You didn’t know I was an agent? »

In fact, he hadn’t. A Cobb County Police Department spokesperson told the Journal-Constitution, and later confirmed to The Washington Post, that he had no record of collaborating with Walker. A campaign spokeswoman told the Atlanta newspaper that Walker had led ‘women’s self-defense training, attending the FBI Academy at Quantico’ and also held the title of ‘honorary deputy’ in the county. of Cobb.

The title of “honorary deputy” has no power and is considered a “political token” for people supporting the sheriff who might want to get out of a ticket, said former DeKalb County prosecutor J. Tom Morgan at The Post. . Morgan is a Democrat.

“It means absolutely nothing,” he said. “It’s the equivalent of a junior ranger badge.”

A spokeswoman for the Walker campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday. Neither an FBI spokesperson nor an official from the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded to requests for comment.

Walker is among more than 100 GOP winners who backed Trump’s false claims that there was widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election, according to a new Post analysis. District by district, state by state, voters through the end of May, chose at least 108 candidates for statewide or congressional positions who repeated Trump’s lies. The number jumps to at least 149 winning candidates – across more than 170 races – when it includes those who campaigned on a platform of tightening voting rules or tougher enforcement of those already listed, despite the lack evidence of widespread fraud.

More than 100 GOP primary winners support Trump’s false fraud allegations

Despite some high-profile setbacks for his candidates, notably in Georgia, Trump’s demand that fellow Republicans embrace the cause of election denial has become a price of admission in most Republican primaries. The Collection of Lies House Committee Members Investigate the January 6, 2021 Attack on the United States Capitol described as “the ‘Big Lie’ is now a central driving force in the Republican Party.

Walker and Trump’s relationship dates back to 1984, when Trump bought the USFL team that lured the Heisman Trophy winner away from the University of Georgia. Walker wrote in his 2008 memoir that Trump “became a mentor to me.” At a rally last year, Walker joined the former president on stage in Perry, Georgia, and told the crowd, “I want to be a leader like [Trump] when I get to that Senate seat to show everyone I love America.

Backed by Trump, struggling Georgia football legend aims for Senate seat

While Walker remains immensely popular among GOP voters in the state — winning more than 68% of the vote in last month’s primary, according to the Associated Press — he did so while promoting a series of misrepresentations that have been compared by critics and liberals to Trump.

In December, Walker’s campaign suppressed a false claim that he was a college graduate. In the supporting text for his 2008 book, Walker “completed his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice” at the University of Georgia after his first professional season, according to CNN. Walker acknowledged that he was not a college graduate, saying in a statement to the Journal-Constitution that “life and football got in his way.”

Walker later denied making the misrepresentation regarding his graduation status in an interview with WAGA in Atlanta — delivering a misrepresentation in response to a misrepresentation.

“I never, never said that statement,” he said. “Not even once.”

In January, the Daily Beast unearthed a 2020 podcast appearance by Walker, in which he promoted a “mist” that he said would “kill any covid on your body,” even if there’s no known fog or spray that can prevent covid-19.

“Do you know, right now I have something that can get you into a building that will rid you of covid while you’re walking through this haze?” Walker told Conservative host Glenn Beck in August 2020. “When you walk through the door, it will kill any covid on your body. EPA and FDA approved.

Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker has promoted a ‘mist’ that he says will ‘kill any covid on your body’

In March, Walker questioned evolution during a talk at a church in Georgia, asking why apes still exist if humans evolved from them. Even though humans share a common ancestor who lived around 10 million years ago, they did not evolve from chimpanzees or any other great apes living today and now follow different evolutionary paths.

“At one time, science said that man came from monkeys. Is not it ? Walker asked Chuck Allen, senior pastor of Sugar Hill Church.

Allen replied, “Every time I read or hear this, I’m like, ‘You just haven’t read the same Bible as me. ”

After hearing the pastor’s response, Walker replied, “Well, that’s the interesting thing, though. If that’s true, why are there still monkeys? Think about it.”

Senate candidate Herschel Walker ponders evolution, asking, “Why are there still monkeys?”

Then, in early April, CNN reported that Walker had exaggerated his academic accomplishments for years. In addition to his misrepresentation regarding his graduation, Walker claimed at least twice in 2017 that he was the valedictorian of his high school and that he graduated “in the top 1%” in Georgia.

“And people say, ‘Herschel, you played football,'” he said in a radio interview that year. “But I said, ‘Guys, I was top of my class too. I was also in the top 1% of my graduating class in college. ”

There is no evidence that Walker was a valedictorian, and the reference was eventually removed from his campaign site. Mallory Blount, spokesperson for the Walker campaign, defended the candidate in a statement at the time, saying, “There is not a single voter in Georgia who thinks that if Herschel graduated at the top of his class or as valedictorian of 40 years. has no bearing on his ability to be a great US senator.

Democrats say the lies demonstrate Walker’s unsuitability in the Senate.

“Every report and every scandal that emerges about Herschel Walker reinforces the fact that he is not who he claims to be, that he is not ready to represent the people of Georgia and that one cannot not trust him to serve Georgians in the U.S. Senate,” said Dan Gottlieb, a spokesman for the Georgia Democratic Party.

Critics have also questioned claims about his business background. Months after the AP reported how Walker’s business records showed “exaggerated claims of financial success” and an alarming history of associates with “unpredictable behavior,” Walker made false claims about earnings and the size of the company. his chicken company, Renaissance Man Food Services, according to The Daily Beast.

Walker spoke about his alleged time with law enforcement at least four times between 2000 and 2019, the Journal-Constitution reported.

As news of the GOP nominee’s latest claim spread online, critics were quick to compare him to Trump.

“He may literally be the only person who lies more than Trump.” tweeted Bakari Sellers, CNN analyst and lawyer, former Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Morgan told the Post he couldn’t remember a time when someone like Walker had promoted “honorary MP” status, noting that he had only heard of people using the title to try to evade violations. When asked why the Georgia Senate candidate refers to the honorary title as his connection to law enforcement, Morgan laughed and said he had no good reason.

“You can’t carry a gun and you don’t have the power to make an arrest,” he said of the title. “It is what it is, which is nothing.”

Amy Gardner and Isaac Arnsdorf contributed to this report.


Comments are closed.