Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) pushed back on allegations against Republican Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker, saying that the timing is suspicious and that it reminds him of claims made against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Self-described activist feminist lawyer Gloria Allred said Wednesday in a news conference that an unnamed woman claimed she had an affair against Walker in the late 1980s and early 1990s and that Walker, a former NFL and college football star running back, paid for her abortion. After the claims, Walker categorically denied them.
“Well, I’m gonna just say right now guys, I’m done with this foolishness,” Walker said after the news conference. “I’ve already told people this is a lie and I’m not going to entertain, to continue to carry a lie along.”
Later, Graham, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, also questioned the timing of Allred’s claims.
“So, I’ve seen this movie before, folks. I remember the Kavanaugh storyline really well,” Graham said. “The hearing’s over, does a great job, all of a sudden I’ve got this letter. I want to share it with the committee. Well, it was shared with The Washington Post before it was shared with the committee, making a salacious allegation.”
After Kavanaugh met with every Democrat senator, “the ones that knew about it never gave him a chance to explain himself. And the rest is history,” Graham added.
“Another one, another one, and another one. So here’s the game plan, Herschel. Get a celebrity lawyer like Avenatti, who’s now in jail, get a celebrity lawyer to come out and make a wild accusation right before it’s time to make a decision about who should be on the Supreme Court or who should be in the Senate. So I’ve seen this movie,” Graham sarcastically added.
The claims against Walker, Graham said, are “coming from L.A.” and are “coming from an activist Democratic celebrity lawyer who went to the 2016 convention for Hillary Clinton. And people in Georgia are not this dumb.”
It came after an anonymous woman said Wednesday that “Herschel Walker is a hypocrite and he is not fit to be a U.S. senator,” adding, “we don’t need people in the U.S. Senate who profess one thing and do another.”
The woman alleged that in 1993, Walker drove her to an abortion clinic and paid for the procedure. She did not provide evidence for the claim.
“I went to a clinic in Dallas, but I simply couldn’t go through with it,” the woman said. “I left the clinic in tears. When I told Herschel what had happened, he was upset and said that he was going to go back with me to the clinic the next day for me to have the abortion.”
Walker is campaigning against Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-S.C.) for Georgia’s Senate seat. The outcome of the contest could tip the upper chamber in favor of either party.