Backed by Donald Trump in the US, this sulphurous footballer is turning the midterms on its head

Sean Rayford/Getty Images Herschel Walker, a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, is seeking the senator post in Georgia, a state that could be pivotal in the next midterms. But his campaign is being parasitized by relentless deals, as well as the former American football star’s tortuous past (stock photo taken during a September 2021 meeting in Perry).

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Herschel Walker, a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, is seeking the senator post in Georgia, a state that could be pivotal in the next midterms. But his campaign is being parasitized by relentless deals, as well as the former American football star’s tortuous past (stock photo taken during a September 2021 meeting in Perry).

UNITED STATES – ” Donald Trump has shown that the bar can be set very low. With Herschel Walker, the question arises as to whether there is still a bar “. This phrase is a great connoisseur of American political life and the former President of the United States who uttered it: Maggie Haberman, fine pen of New York Times. On October 5th the amount of MSNBC channelthe journalist was invited to comment on a personality igniting the Midterms campaign, a former footballer stuck in business and a candidate nonetheless backed by Donald Trump in a key election.

Herschel Walker is running for one of two Georgia senatorships, running against incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock. In a context where Joe Biden’s majority in the Senate is hanging by a thread (Republicans and Democrats each elected 50, and it’s Vice President Kamala Harris who is tipping the scales), this election is in one State that could, crucially, swing to one side or the other on November 8th.

A great career in US soccer with Donald Trump already

And that’s why Herschel Walker is the subject of such media attention. Because of his profile and his career alone, the man arouses a certain interest.

Because nothing initially brought the 60-year-old into politics: it was his sporting qualities that made him a name. In fact, in the early 1980s, Herschel Walker was the star of the University of Georgia American football team, one of the most famous in the country. During his studies he was one of the best players in the country and was even voted number 1 in 1982.

The beginning of a career in which he will notably defend the colors of the Dallas Cowboys, America’s beloved team, or that of the New Jersey Generals in a second-tier championship, a club then owned by a certain… Donald Trump. At the same time, he will finish seventh in bobsleigh at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville and win a few martial arts fights.

In 1984, Donald Trump was president of the New Jersey Generals, an American football team whose star was Herschel Walker.
Bettmann Archive/Getty Images In 1984, Donald Trump was president of the New Jersey Generals, an American football team whose star was Herschel Walker.

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In 1984, Donald Trump was president of the New Jersey Generals, an American football team whose star was Herschel Walker.

But since the end of his sporting career, Herschel Walker has been the talk of the town, mainly because of his gaffes and inventions of all kinds. For example, in recent years he has falsely claimed to have been an FBI agent, to have ended up in the top 1% of his year at university, although he had not even received his diploma, or was still certain one of his to possess approved product the American health authorities that would be able to destroy Covid in an infected person.

And this is not to mention his various business failures and other successes that he largely overestimated. An accumulation that recently amused famous TV presenter Stephen Colbert, who tweeted : ” In two weeks we will learn that Herschel Walker was never actually a football player. »

Domestic Violence and Abortion

In his private life, Herschel Walker has been accused of domestic violence by the woman whose life he shared for 20 years until they divorced in the early 2000s. Example like pointing a gun at his head and telling him he’s ready,” blow his brains out “. Allegations corroborated by her son, who in turn recounted knife threats and repeated harassment that had prompted him to move often with his mother. Events Herschel Walker put forward as a campaign argument, declaring that he was an example of a person be who have overcome psychological problems.

Only the man has also been pinned over the years, mostly by the media The daily beast, about children whose father he is, but whom he did not recognize at the time. After lying about their existence, his last line of defense is to say he never admitted to being the father of these children to protect them from media attention.

Latest episode: A woman now explains that Herschel Walker, who presents himself as a conservative opponent of abortion, paid her to abort her unborn child. After this yelled at the lie first and asserted that he did not know this woman, he ended up being faced with concrete evidence, including a check signed by her hand. And in a new barrage of revelations released on the evening of October 5th, we even learn that this woman is far from unknown, as she is the mother of one of the children Herschel Walker eventually recognized.

Still in the Senate race

A pedigree that doesn’t prevent the former footballer from being among the headliners of the reactionary movement Donald Trump plans to rely on when he returns to the White House in 2024. When he was president, it was practically the billionaire who propelled Herschel Walker to make the leap from mere Republican supporter to politician. And after he was named to the Sports and Nutrition Council, Donald Trump strongly encouraged him to run for Senator.

After giving him a position as an athletic advisor, Donald Trump was very adamant that Herschel Walker pressured him to seek the position of Georgia Senator.  And has continued to defend them ever since (stock photo taken in Georgia in September 2021).
Demetrius Freeman/Washington Post/Getty Images After giving him a position as an athletic advisor, Donald Trump was very adamant that Herschel Walker pressured him to seek the position of Georgia Senator. And has continued to defend them ever since (stock photo taken in Georgia in September 2021).

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After giving him a position as an athletic advisor, Donald Trump was very adamant that Herschel Walker pressured him to seek the position of Georgia Senator. And has continued to defend them ever since (stock photo taken in Georgia in September 2021).

Donald Trump believes that because he weathered several scandals in 2016, he paved the way for other politicians and showed them that they no longer need to worry about these cases ‘ describes Maggie Haberman on MSNBC. ” Herschel Walker goes even beyond recording (where Trump talked about “grabbing women by the pussy”, ed.) : We have tangible evidence. And we will therefore know whether the rules of the game have changed in the sense that politicians now survive such scandals. »

And for good reason: Herschel Walker remains at a broadly competitive level for the Senate race in the polls conducted just before the abortion scandal. With polls trailing between 4 and 12 points behind his Democratic opponent, it’s impossible to completely rule him out, especially given the pollsters’ complicated liabilities with the Trumpist electorate.

Even if Herschel Walker keeps more skeletons in his closet than in a graveyard “, how Image conservative analyst Rick Wilson. Because the ” Georgia remains a red state (Republican, editor’s note),” he adds. So much so that Herschel Walker still looms as a potential senator in a Republican party infiltrated by Donald Trump and his supporters. What did rsummed up a Trumpist polemicist, Dana Loesch : ” I wouldn’t care if he funds abortions of endangered baby eagles. I just want control of the Senate. » The sound of intermediate exams given.

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