GOP Rallies Behind Herschel Walker All Through Abortion Scandal

In the aftermath of a revelation that alleges Herschel Walker urged and paid for a woman to get an abortion in 2009, prominent Republicans are rallying around him.

The allegations, first reported by the Daily Beast on Monday evening, are the freshest in a series of controversies involving Walker, including allegations he exaggerated the success of his business career.

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Walker, who ran on a “no exceptions” anti-abortion campaign, strenuously refuted the allegations. 

Walker said he gives “money to a lot of individuals” in response to reports that he sent a woman $700 for medical treatment and a “get well” card. He threatened legal action against the publication for its story. 

Smearing His Name

Erstwhile President Trump, who pushed the former NFL player to run for public office, issued a statement condemning the media for “trying to destroy a guy who has sheer brilliance.”

Rick Scott, chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, compared the charges to “smear tactics they attempted on Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas,” two Supreme Court justices accused of wrongdoing before their confirmation to the high court. 

He said this is identical to the attempts to discredit Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas, and it will fail. Herschel Walker has refuted these charges; the NRSC and the Republicans stand by him, as will Georgians. 

The Senate Leadership Fund, a powerful super PAC with deep links to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, echoed the NRSC’s continued endorsement of the candidate. 

Georgia Will Decide

In a statement, SLF CEO Steven Law said, “We are moving forward at high throttle in Georgia. This election is about the nation’s future.”

On top of that, “Herschel Walker will improve things, while [Senator] Raphael Warnock is making things worse. Everything else is a diversion.” 

Ralph Reed, an evangelical GOP adviser, likewise defended the former NFL star, telling the New York Times he “100%” supports the candidacy and questions the report’s release in the closing weeks before the election.”

One Republican operative in Georgia opined while the recent story may persuade a few people, it will not have the impact that Democrats desire. They stated, “It may force a few more people to skip the marathon, but I don’t think it does much if anything.” 

Walker’s son, Christian, took to social media to criticize his father in a video, claiming the “injustices against him and his mother were played down” and saying Walker lied about not paying for the abortion.

Christian also accused Walker of not playing a part in trying to raise any of his kids and of paying for the abortion.

Walker and Sen. Raphael Warnock are currently at a deadlock in the race for the prized swing seat in Georgia. They are set to debate later this month.

This article appeared in The Political Globe and has been published here with permission.