Herschel Walker’s ‘baggage’ is becoming too ‘unbearable,’ Georgia lieutenant governor says
Georgia’s Republican lieutenant governor criticized Herschel Walker for recent reports made against him, calling the latest allegations that the GOP Senate candidate paid for a woman’s abortion part of Walker’s “baggage” that is becoming “unbearable” for the party.
In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan (R-GA) criticized the former NFL player amid allegations that he paid for a woman to have an abortion after the pair conceived a child while dating in 2009. Walker has denied the reports, arguing he doesn’t know the accuser despite the woman later claiming she is the mother of one of his three sons he previously acknowledged having out of wedlock.
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“I think every Republican knew that there was baggage out there. But the weight of that baggage is starting to feel a little closer to unbearable at this point,” Duncan told CNN. “If we’re being intellectually honest, Herschel Walker won the primary because he scored a bunch of touchdowns back in the ’80s, and he was Donald Trump’s friend. And now, we’ve moved forward several months on the calendar, and that’s no longer a recipe to win.”
The recent allegations threaten to derail Walker’s bid against Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA), who barely leads the Republican in the polls. Recent polling found Warnock leading Walker 47% to 46.3%, according to RealClearPolitics.
However, several high-profile Republicans have defended Walker amid the allegations, arguing the claims are being used as political “smears” to harm his campaign. Former President Donald Trump, who encouraged the former NFL star to seek public office, released a statement accusing the media of “trying to destroy a man who has true greatness, just as he had athletic greatness in his past” and applauded him for denying the accusation.
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The woman who alleged Walker paid for her abortion cast doubt on the authenticity of his beliefs, saying he was privately pro-abortion rights and not an especially devout Christian, despite the frequent public invocations of his faith. Walker has said during his campaign that he supports a ban on abortion with no exceptions.
“I don’t think there’s anywhere in the Bible where it says, ‘Have four kids with four different women while you’re with another woman.’ Or where it praises not being a present parent,” the woman told the Daily Beast. “Or that an abortion is an OK thing to do when it’s not the right time for you but a terrible thing for anyone else to do when you are running for Senate. He picks and chooses where it’s convenient for him to use that religious crutch.”