Herschel Walker’s Senate campaign has been hit with a bombshell report from the Daily Beast.
As Roger Sollenberger reports, Walker, the football legend, “says he wants to completely ban abortion, likening it to murder and claiming there should be ‘no exception’ for rape, incest, or the life of the mother.”
“But the Republican candidate has supported at least one exception – for himself.”
Walker Has History
Apparently, a woman – who has asked to remain anonymous – conceived a child with Walker while the two were dating in 2009. Walker urged the woman to get an abortion, which she did, and which Walker reimbursed her for.
The woman said that she is coming forward now because of Walker’s support for a total abortion ban. “I just can’t with the hypocrisy anymore,” she said. “We all deserve better.”
Walker and his team categorically denied the claims. Robert Ingram, Walker’s lawyer said that “this is a false story. All you want to do is run the stories to target black conservatives. You focus on black conservatives.”
Walker himself has said that the story is a “flat-out lie” that he denied in the “strongest possible terms.” He added that he will be suing The Daily Beast. “I’m not taking this anymore. I planning to sue The Daily Beast for this defamatory lie. It will be filed tomorrow morning.”
There’s Weight to the Claim
The claim does not appear to be a manufactured political hitjob; Walker’s supposed ex “supported these claims with a $575 receipt from the abortion clinic, a “get well” card from Walker, and a bank deposit receipt that included an image of a signed $700 personal check from Walker,” Sollenberger reported. “Additionally, The Daily Beast independently corroborated details of the woman’s claims with a close friend she told at the time and who, according to the woman and the friend, took care of her in the days after the procedure.”
Walked again denied the report on Fox News. “I never asked anyone to get an abortion,” Walker told Sean Hannity. “I never paid for an abortion, and it’s a lie … I send money to a lot of people.”
His Family Doesn’t Stand Behind Him
Christian Walker, Herschel’s adult son, implicitly defended The Daily Beast on Twitter. “Every family member of Herschel Walker asked him not to run for office, because we all knew (some of) his past,” Christian tweeted. “He decided to give us the middle finger and air out all of his dirty laundry in public, while simultaneously lying about it. I’m done.”
Christian continued: “I know my mom and I would really appreciate if my father Herschel Walker stopped lying and making a mockery of us. You’re not a ‘family man’ when you left us to bang a bunch of women, threatened to kill us, and had us move over 6 times in 6 months running from your violence.”
“I don’t care about someone who has a bad past and take accountability. But how DARE YOU LIE and act as though you’re some ‘moral, Chistian, upright man,’ You’ve lived a life of DESTROYING other peoples lives. How dare you.”
Herschel Walker’s response: “I LOVE my son no matter what.”
The report is expected to have a significant effect on Walker’s Senate campaign – a closely contested race with Senator Raphael Warnock – which “has tightened to the low single digits in recent polls.” Possibly due, in part, to the report’s explosive potential lies in part due to Walker’s repeated denouncements of abortion.
“While other Republicans have avoided talking about abortion restrictions recently, Waler has leaned into the issue,” POLITICO reported. “He endorsed Sen. Linsdey Graham’s proposed 15-week national ban, which other Republicans have run away from, and he has repeatedly said he favors a total national ban on abortion, including in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is threatened.”
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has issued a statement standing by Herschel Walker but other right-wingers aren’t convinced. “I’ll see what sort of response [Walker] mounts, but given text messages tonight, Georgia GOP’ers are praying for Dr. Oz to win,” Erick Erickson tweeted. “Walker hasn’t mounted a good response to any attack, and this is brutal, probably a KO.”
Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. He lives in Oregon and listens to Dokken. Follow him on Twitter @harrison_kass.