Herschel Walker’s lie-strewn candidacy for the US senate

For those who thought that in Donald trump, the Republican party had hit rock bottom with its support for a liar who speaks utter nonsense, let me introduce you to Herschel Walker, former professional football player and the current Republican candidate for the Georgia senate seat. Walker has also made bizarre lies about the 2020 election, saying that Joe Biden did not get even 50 million votes, when he actually got over 80 million. Trump has endorsed Walker for the Georgia senate race, no doubt seeing in him a kindred soul.

The senate race has been rocked by revelations about Walker. The most recent is a report in the Daily Beast alleging that, despite being an advocate of banning abortion with no exceptions at all, even for rape, incest or if the life of the mother was in danger, and wanting federal laws to be passed to ban it nationwide, he had paid for an abortion for a woman in 2009. His son Christian Walker, who is an ‘influencer’ on social media has put out a Tik-Tok blasting him for his lies and his pretensions to being a moral Christian who condemns absentee fathers, when in reality Walker has confirmed that he had three children out of wedlock and that he had pointed a gun at his wife’s head and threatened to kill her. Incidentally Christian Walker is a conservative Trump supporter who rails against ‘woke’ liberals on his social media accounts where he has a huge following.

It is also reported that Walker’s advisors were aware of this abortion story well in advance but hoped that it would not surface before the election

Walker seems to be just another grifter with a history of lying about his accomplishments, such as that he graduated at the top of his class (when he did not even graduate at all from college), that he had worked in law enforcement (when there is no record of that), that he was a successful businessman, and so on.

He was due to take part in a debate with incumbent senator Raphael Warnock on October 13th but has apparently withdrawn from it saying that this would conflict with Sunday Night Football, which is interesting since this would be a Thursday. A debate on October 14th is still apparently on (though on his personal calendar it should clash with Monday Night Football), with another possibly on the 16th. The last one is actually on a Sunday in the reality-based world.

He has a propensity to say absurd things

Step aside, “How can global warming be real if it’s cold outside?” Georgia Senate candidate  Herschel Walker has a fresh and no less baffling justification for climate inaction: We already have enough trees.

Discussing the Inflation Reduction Act recently signed into law by President Biden, which included the largest environmental investment in American history, Walker argued on Sunday that Democrats “continue to try to fool you that they are helping you out. But they’re not … A lot of money it’s going to trees. Don’t we have enough trees around here?”

In July, Walker left meteorologists scratching their heads when he claimed that the Green New Deal would result in America’s “good air decid[ing] to float over to China’s bad air.” China’s “bad air” would then “move over to our good air space,” which would force America to “clean that back up,” according to Walker’s understanding of the issue.

The former Heisman Trophy winner’s questionable scientific takes aren’t limited to the climate crisis. In March, Walker questioned the science behind evolution: “At one time science said, man came from apes,” he said. “Did it not? … If that is true, why are there still apes? Think about it.”

And yet it is astonishing that despite his many, many faults as a person and a candidate, he is in a close race with Warnock.

Stephen Colbert had some comments on the Walker story and other congressional races.


  1. moarscienceplz says

    If Walker thinks we have enough trees, he obviously has not tried to buy lumber lately.

  2. birgerjohansson says

    You don’t get it -- Walker is the ultimate MAGA-era Republican. If someone cooked up the quintessential truther/tea party/Trumpist candidate in a lab, the result would be indistinguishable from HW.
    His support may decline temporarily but the die-hard core will remain no matter what he does.
    His remark “sometimes I cannot control my brain” is the secret motto of the party.

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