Pro-life Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker’s campaign has denied a new story accusing the former football star of paying for a partner’s abortion in 2009.
In response to The Daily Beast’s shocking new report which was published on Monday, in which the woman in question showed a reporter a personalized check and card she received from Walker, a spokesman for his campaign called it a ‘false story.’
Lawyer Robert Ingram told the website: ‘All you want to do is run with stories to target black conservatives. You focus on black conservatives.’
Georgia’s Senate race is one of the most closely watched in the country as Republicans try to wrest back control of Congress.
In the November election, Walker, a Republican, faces off against incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock.
Walker said in May 2022 that he opposes abortion without exception. He told reporters: ‘There’s no exception in my mind. Like I say, I believe in life. I believe in life.’
He went on: ‘You never know what a child is going to become. And I’ve seen some people, they’ve had some tough times, but I always said, “No matter what, tough times make tough people.”‘
Walker has called for more funding for adoption and support for single parents.
Hours after the article was published, Walker appeared on Fox News’ Hannity.
Walker said in the interview that he didn’t know if knew the woman at the center of the piece but called the article: ‘A flat out lie.’
Walker plainly stated: ‘I never asked anyone to get an abortion. I never paid for an abortion and it’s a lie.’
He said that the article had ‘energized’ him even more. Walker said: ‘I’m gonna fight and win this seat for the great people of Georgia.
During his appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, pictures of the get well soon card were shown
Pro-life Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker’s campaign has denied The Daily Beast’s story alleging that he paid for a former lover’s abortion
Walker issued this statement on his social media channels in which he promised to sue The Daily Beast
The woman, who is not named in the report, showed a reporter a receipt from September 2009 for the procedure.
That same month, the woman received a $700 check and a get well card that included the messages ‘Rest,’ Relax’ and ‘Recover.’ Walker told Sean Hannity that: ‘I send money to so many people… I believe in being generous.’
According to The Daily Beast, the woman was also able to show proof that she had a romantic relationship with Walker.
Following the publication of the article, Walker said that he was planning to sue The Daily Beast and that the suit would be filed on Tuesday.
He wrote in a statement that was published on his social media channels: ‘This is a flat-out lie and I deny this in the strongest possible terms.’
‘This is another repugnant hatchet job from a Democrat activist disguised as a reporter who has obsessively attacked my family and tried to tear me down since this race started,’ the statement said.
It continued: ‘He’s harassed friends of mine, asking if I fathered their children. He’s called my children a ‘secret because I didn’t want to use them as campaign props in a political campaign.’
Georgia’s Senate race is one of the most closely watched in the country as Republicans try to wrest back control of Congress
Walker has been consistent in his opposition to abortion without any exceptions including rape, incest or concern for the life of the mother
The statement concluded: ‘Now, they’re using an anonymous source to further slander me. They will do anything to hold onto power. It’s disgusting, gutter politics.’
Walker said in August 2022 that abortion was something ‘that people are not concerned about’ with regard to November’s midterm elections, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Despite this, he released a statement in September that highlighted his opponent’s pro-choice record.
Walker said of Warnock: ‘Raphael Warnock wants to protect the killing of babies right up to the moment of birth. We need to do better.’
Last month, Walker endorsed Senator Lindsay Graham’s proposed nationwide ban on abortions after 15 weeks, before most women know that they are pregnant.
In June, Walker while covertly interviewed by a liberal activist posing as one of his supporters, repeatedly denied ever paying for an abortion.
Shortly after The Daily Beast’s article was published, right-wing activist Erick Erickson tweeted: ‘I thought we all knew this. Also, old news and people do change over time.’
Walker, pictured here in 2008, has endorsed Senator Lindsay Graham’s proposed nationwide ban on abortions after 15 weeks, before most women know that they are pregnant
Walker attends The Celebrity Apprentice season finale at the American Museum of Natural History on May 10, 2009
Erickson later clarified his remarks to say: ‘On the Walker thing, it may not have been public, but I’m about 100% sure one of his opponents told me it was rumor.’
He added: ‘I thought it was public, but it might not have been. It was definitely talked about in quiet discussions.’
In the 2008 book Breaking Free, Walker disclosed his challenges with mental illness. He said that he was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder. In that account, Walker told of as many as a dozen personalities — or ‘alters’ — that he’d constructed as a defense mechanism against the bullying he suffered as a stuttering, overweight child.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness describes the disorder as ‘alternating between multiple identities,’ leaving a person with ‘gaps in memory of every day events.’ It notes men with the disorder often ‘exhibit more violent behavior rather than amnesia.’
In his book, Walker acknowledged violent urges. He wrote that he played Russian roulette, and recalled sitting at his kitchen table in 1991 pointing a gun, loaded with a single bullet, at his head. ‘I wasn’t suicidal,’ Walker explained, but ‘just looked at mortality as the ultimate challenge.’
Walker pitched a turnaround story, saying he decided in 2001 that ‘it was time to stop running and face some harsh realities.’ He cited therapy and his Christian faith as influences.
His watershed moment: driving his car to confront a man who’d ‘messed up my schedule’ and thinking about what it’d be like to shoot the man. Walker changed course, he wrote, after seeing a bumper sticker with the message ‘SMILE. JESUS LOVES YOU.’