Some Thoughts on the Herschel Walker Controversy

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Georgia’s Republican candidate Herschel Walker is again being bombarded by issues stemming from his past. This was not hard to see coming, given that the left has been gunning for the NFL legend ever since he dared to throw his hat in the ring.

But the question on everyone’s mind is: Will this hurt his chances of defeating his opponent, Sen. Raphael Warnock?

The latest brouhaha jumped off when The Daily Beast, a far-leftist activist media outlet, published a report alleging that he paid for an ex-girlfriend to have an abortion back in 2009. The news site is likely hoping that this report will be the smoking gun that finally destroys Walker’s bid to become the Peach State’s next senator.

From the article:

A woman who asked not to be identified out of privacy concerns told The Daily Beast that, after she and Walker conceived a child while they were dating in 2009, he urged her to get an abortion. The woman said she had the procedure and that Walker reimbursed her for it.

She 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.

The woman, who supposedly held on to an abortion receipt and greeting card for about 13 years, said she came forward because “I just can’t with the hypocrisy anymore” and that “we all deserve better.”

The hypocrisy to which she refers is related to Walker’s firm pro-life stance.

This report prompted Christian Walker, Herschel’s son and a conservative social media influencer, to rail against his father on Twitter, accusing him of not being truthful about his past. He also made a video defending his decision to express his frustrations publicly.

This latest development has resulted in an outpouring of outrage against Christian for going public with his opinions on his father’s past and his candidacy. The typical conspiracy theories came up, with people suggesting he was being paid by Democrats or the media to speak out against his dad. Others pointed out the timing was suspect – but given that it was The Daily Beast’s report that appears to have sparked Christian’s tirade, this does not seem to hold water for me.

Herschel’s son was detailing the trauma he and his mother went through as a result of his abusive behavior. When one takes politics out of the situation, it is not difficult to see that the 22-year-old is coming from a place of pain that has clearly not been resolved. Still, others have criticized him for dealing with this on social media instead of handling it privately. I’m inclined to agree with that point – Twitter isn’t exactly the best place to express the fact that you are still dealing with the trauma inflicted by your father, especially if he is a public figure.

Nevertheless, I don’t have much sympathy for Herschel Walker, and I doubt he would even want any. It was his actions that led to his son’s issues in the first place. Over the years, he has been open about his issues with mental health and being a domestic abuser. He has not shied away from accountability in that regard. He has been the first to admit he was a horrible husband.

Of course, the issue of his having other children with whom he was not involved as a father isn’t a good look considering his pro-father stance. The appearance that he attempted to hide it until it was revealed doesn’t redound in his favor either.

Moreover, while he denies having paid for an abortion, this is still a non-issue whether it is true or not. How many women have undergone abortion procedures only to regret it later and change their stances on the issue? There are plenty, some of which are formidable leaders in the pro-life movement.

So what about the Senate election? Do these latest developments spell doom for Herschel Walker’s campaign? As I suspected, they do not. Walker and Warnock remain in a statistical dead heat as of a poll conducted on Tuesday evening.

There is a caveat here, though: The poll only sampled 550 people, so a more extensive survey could possibly yield different results.

But from where I sit, the real issue is who was chosen to face Warnock during the primaries. While former President Donald Trump endorsed Walker, many questioned the wisdom of putting him in contention, speculating that a candidate with less baggage would have an easier time flipping the seat. I tend to agree with that argument. Democrats have so thoroughly made a mess of things while having control of the legislature and presidency that Republicans had only to run someone who provides as little fodder as possible for the left.

Indeed, the fact that Walker is still within striking distance even with his issues demonstrates how horribly the Democrats have performed. If someone else had taken up the mantle, I have no doubt they would be far ahead of Warnock.

This being said, Walker could still win, and he is still the right choice. Warnock wishes to use the federal government to pay for far more abortions than Walker ever could have and is way more dangerous with the policies he promotes. At this point, we will just have to wait and see how this turns out. Hopefully, Republicans will learn their lesson regardless of how it ends.


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