With polls showing the Georgia race for U.S. Senate in a dead heat, former NFL player Herschel Walker could wind up being the first U.S. Senator with potential brain damage from CTE. After winning Georgia’s GOP primary to secure the nomination, Walker has been a controversial candidate from the start.
With allegations of domestic abuse by one of his ex-wives, coupled with constant flubs on the campaign trail – the University of Georgia alumni’s candidacy has been overshadowed by unintelligible and nonsensical statements that have left his campaign and the American people asking if the GOP has reached the bottom.
When asked about increasing gun violence after the Robb Elementary school massacre in Uvalde, TX, Walker’s answer wandered aimlessly between blaming Cain for killing Abel – and young boys watching girls on the internet.
“Cain killed Abel and that’s a problem that we have. What we need to do is look into how we can stop those things. You know, you talked about doing a disinformation — what about getting a department that can look at young men that’s looking at women that’s looking at their social media. What about doing that? Looking into things like that and we can stop that that way. But yet they want to just continue to talk about taking away your constitutional rights. And I think there’s more things we need to look into. This has been happening for years and the way we stop it is putting money into the mental health field, by putting money into other departments rather than departments that want to take away your rights.”
“You know, Cain killed Abel …” https://t.co/zjWAnTDene
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) May 26, 2022
That nonsensical word salad wouldn’t be the last — or the least intelligible — of explanations to come from Walker. His thoughts on the climate crisis were equally dumbfounding, saying at a campaign event, “Since we don’t control the air, our good air decided to float over to China’s bad air, so when China gets our good air, their bad air got to move,” Walker explained. “So it moves over to our good air space. Then now we got to clean that backup.”
Herschel on the climate/Green New Deal/air:
"Since we don't control the air our good air decided to float over to China's bad air so when China gets our good air, their bad air got to move. So it moves over to our good air space. Then now we got we to clean that back up." pic.twitter.com/BsR4GVAbX7
— stephen fowler (@stphnfwlr) July 11, 2022
Walker’s hypocritical criticism of African-American dads not in the home was exposed after revelations that he has multiple children out of wedlock that he doesn’t see.
Walker told right-wing pundits Diamond and Silk that the end of a relationship is no reason to leave a child behind, saying, “a child with a woman, even if you have to leave that woman…you don’t leave the child,” and in a 2020 interview with Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk, the ex-professional football player said
“And I want to apologize to the African-American community because the fatherless home is a major, major problem,” Walker said in a September 2020 interview, adding that he had been “like a father to some of those kids that had never had fathers.”
Apparently practicing what you preach is a concept lost on this candidate for U.S. Senator. Walker admitted to The Daily Beast that he has not one, not two – but three more children in addition to the one he publicly claims – Christian Walker.
It has been alleged that the former University of Georgia football star suffers from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) – a progressive brain condition believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head and multiple concussions. Accused by his ex-wife of threatening to “blow her brains out,” a recent ad portrays Walker as a mentally disturbed, unpredictable — and potentially violent — individual.
The Senate hopeful downplayed the accusations.
Herschel Walker is “glad” a commercial is airing of his ex-wife describing how he held a gun to her temple and threatened to blow her brains out.
Walker claims the ad “is really helping him” by showing he’s “going to continue to be a warrior” and “fight for mental health.” pic.twitter.com/dIstn6XO7M
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) August 14, 2022
Caught in multiple lies, Herschel Walker’s claims of running a veteran’s charity, graduating top of his college class, and being recruited by the FBI, have all been proven false. The lack of awareness demonstrated by the GOP’s “best” candidate to represent the state of Georgia proves that the Republican Party’s interest isn’t what’s in the best interest of the country — or the American people.
Walker’s candidacy proves that the Republican Party would rather throw their own constituents under the bus by running candidates regardless of their qualifications –or lack thereof – if it means a seat (and a puppet) in Congress.
In the mid-1800s, a nativist political party emerged with many of the same hateful and bigoted anti-immigrant views as the current Republican Party. Officially known as the “Native American Party,” it was popularly referred to as the “Know Nothing Party,” since members of the semi-secret inner circles of the party were supposed to say, “I know nothing” when asked about their activities — sort of like an antecedent to Sgt. Schultz on the old Hogan’s Heroes sitcom.
With the nomination of Herschel Walker, the Republican Party has fully embraced the legacy of the Know Nothing Party, celebrating ignorance as a virtue rather than a fatal flaw for a political candidate.
Georgia needs a Senator with an above-average IQ, not an addled moron. Georgians should turn out to vote for Senator Raphael Warnock and avoid dumbing down our highest legislative body.
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