“Pro-Life” Senate Candidate Herschel Walker Denies Paying for Ex’s Abortion

Retired football player Herschel Walker is running on the GOP ticket for Georgia Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D) seat, and the back-and-forth between the two has been the subject of media frenzy in one of the 2022 midterms’ most closely watched races. Last night, Walker’s “absolute” stance on abortion was the subject of a Twitter meltdown, after the Daily Beast reported that Walker paid for a former girlfriend’s abortion in 2009. The story was reported using information provided by the woman in question and included, per Politico, “a receipt for the procedure, a get-well card signed by Walker and an image of a personal check signed by Walker for $700” as well as corroboration from a friend who cared for her after the abortion.

Walker denied the allegations in “the strongest possible terms” and warned on Monday night he would file a suit against the Daily Beast the following morning. As of midday Tuesday, there has been no lawsuit filed, according to the Guardian. The New York Times notes that “national Republicans quickly [closed ranks]” to protect Walker; as of this writing, Republicans are publicly presenting a united front, though privately, according to the Times, some Georgia Republican strategists think the abortion report may prove insurmountable for Walker’s campaign.

This is only one of many “scandals” and allegations made towards Walker, who is being slammed with Democrat ads in Georgia, which include allegations by his ex-wife Cindy Grossman that he threatened violence against her. Walker has said he doesn’t remember these incidents, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Earlier in the summer the Daily Beast reported that Walker had two children he hadn’t publicly disclosed. He told the outlet the two children were “not undisclosed” and that he had a relationship with all four of his children, but didn’t want to use them as political props.

Monday night’s pandemonium increased after one of Walker’s children with Grossman, conservative activist Christian Walker, 23 — who as recently as December 2021 was stumping for his father on former president Donald Trump’s stage — got in on the action. “I know my mom and I would really appreciate if my father Herschel Walker stopped lying and making a mockery of us. You’re not a ‘family man’ when you left us to bang a bunch of women, threatened to kill us, and had us move over 6 times in 6 months running from your violence,” Christian tweeted Monday night.

“I don’t care about someone who has a bad past and takes accountability. But how DARE YOU LIE and act as though you’re some ‘moral, Christian, upright man.’ You’ve lived a life of DESTROYING other peoples lives,” the thread continues. “How dare you.” The elder Walker retweeted the original tweet from Christian adding only, “I LOVE my son no matter what,” to which Christian responded in a now-deleted tweet, “If you loved your kids you’d be raising them instead of running for a Senate race to boost your ego.” Into Tuesday morning, Christian has posted videos to Twitter twice, explaining his distancing from his father’s campaign.

The controversies around Walker have often fixated on the alleged hypocrisy between his public platform and his personal actions. Commentators reacted online to the story, which was framed by the Daily Beast as an incendiary “exclusive” with “receipts.” “It always gets framed as a gotcha when anti-choice men pay for their mistresses’ abortions, but it’s not a contradiction,” tweeted Moira Donegan, a columnist for the Guardian. “The principle is not against abortion; it’s in favor of male control of women’s bodies.”

For Warnock’s part, he told the media after a Monday night campaign event, “I’ll let the pundits decide how they think it will impact the race. But I have been consistent in my view that a patient’s room is too narrow and cramped for space for a woman and the government. My view on that has not changed.”

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