“Herschel Walker will never let you down,” Trump said in a statement. Walker in turn thanked the former President in a tweet, writing: “Together, we will win back the U.S. Senate for GEORGIA!!”
But Trump’s backing of the onetime football star comes as no surprise.
Walker has had a long relationship with the former President dating to 1984, when Trump — the then-owner of the United States Football League’s New Jersey Generals — gave Walker a contract extension.
They stayed in touch and Walker would visit the Trumps at their house in Greenwich, Connecticut. He later appeared on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” with Trump and encouraged his 2016 and 2020 presidential bids.
Looming over Walker’s nascent campaign are reports that he has threatened violence against multiple women.
Walker’s campaign declined to respond to the woman’s allegations or discuss the 2002 police report. In response to questions about the incident, Mallory Blount, a campaign spokesperson, cited Walker’s past struggles with mental health issues, which he’s spoken about publicly.
“It is sad that many in politics and the media who praised Herschel for his transparency over a decade ago are now making false statements, stereotyping, attacking, and attempting to sensationalize his past just because he is a Republican Senate candidate,” she said in a statement.
The race against Warnock, who’s running for a full six-year term after winning a special election runoff earlier this year, could decide control of the Senate. Democrats in the upper chamber have the slimmest of majorities — 50-50 — held only by Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote. Warnock beat former Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler by two points.
Democratic Party of Georgia spokesman Dan Gottlieb said in a statement Thursday that Trump’s endorsement of Walker “cements the nightmare scenario that Republican leaders in Georgia and Washington have wanted to avoid. This is going to be a long, divisive, and expensive intra-party fight focused on political loyalty tests — not the issues that matter most to Georgians.”