Supported by Donald Trump in the United States, this sulphurous soccer player turns the partials around

Sean Rayford/Getty Images A fervent supporter of Donald Trump, Herschel Walker aspires to the position of senator in Georgia, a state that could be decisive in the next “midterms”. But his campaign is plagued by relentless business dealings as well as the former football star’s troubled past (file photo taken during a September 2021 meeting in Perry).

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A fervent supporter of Donald Trump, Herschel Walker aspires to the position of senator in Georgia, a state that could be decisive in the next “midterms”. But his campaign is plagued by relentless business dealings as well as the former football star’s troubled past (file 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 is whether there is still a bar “. This phrase is a great connoisseur of American political life and of the former president of the United States who pronounced it: Maggie Haberman, fine pen of the New York Times. On October 5, the the MSNBC channel setthe journalist was invited to comment on a personality sparking the midterm campaign, a former footballer stuck in business, and yet a candidate endorsed by Donald Trump on a key ballot.

Herschel Walker is running for one of Georgia’s two Senate seats, opposing incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock. However, in a context where Joe Biden’s majority is hanging by a thread in the Senate (Republicans and Democrats each have 50 elected, and it is Vice President Kamala Harris who tips the balance), this election is decisive in a state that could swing to one side or the other on November 8.

A great career in American soccer with Donald Trump already

And that’s why Herschel Walker is the subject of so much media attention. Because if only because of his profile and his career, the man arouses some interest.

Because initially nothing destined this 60-year-old man to dedicate himself to politics: what allowed him to make a name for himself were his athletic qualities. In the early 1980s, Herschel Walker was in fact the star of the University of Georgia 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 starting point of a career that will see him notably defending the colors of the Dallas Cowboys, the beloved United States team, or those of the New Jersey Generals in a second division championship, a club then owned by a certain… Donald Trump. In parallel, he will also go to the Albertville Winter Olympics in 1992 to get a seventh place in bobsleigh 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/Fake 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 sports career, it is mainly because of his slips and fabrications of all kinds that Herschel Walker has been talked about. Massively, in recent years, for example, he has falsely claimed to have been an FBI agent, to have finished in the top 1% of his class in college when he didn’t even get his diploma or even made sure he owned an FBI-approved product. the American health authorities who would be able to destroy the Covid in an infected person.

And this is not even mentioning his various business failures and other successes largely overestimated by him. A buildup that recently amused famous TV presenter Stephen Colbert, who tweeted : “ In two weeks, we’ll know that Herschel Walker was never really a football player. »

Domestic violence and abortion

In his personal life then, Herschel Walker was accused of domestic violence by the woman with whom he shared his life for 20 years, until his divorce in the early 2000s. Example such as pointing a gun to his head and explaining that was willing to ” blow his brains out “. Accusations corroborated by his son, who for his part recounted threats with a knife and repeated harassment that led him to move many times with his mother. Facts that Herschel Walker made a campaign argument, explaining that he was an example to follow of a person who had overcome mental health problems.

Except the man has also been immobilized over the years, especially by the media. the daily beast, about children of whom he is the father, but whom he had not recognized at the time. After lying about his existence, his last line of defense is to say that he never admitted to being the father of these children to protect them from media attention.

Last episode: A woman now explains that Herschel Walker, who presents himself as a conservative anti-abortion, paid her to abort her unborn child. After having first he yelled at the lie and assured that he did not know this woman, he ended up facing concrete evidence, including a check signed by his hand. And in a new barrage of revelations published on the night of October 5, we even learn that this woman is anything but a stranger as she is the mother of one of the children that Herschel Walker ended up recognizing.

Still in the Senate race

A pedigree that does not prevent the former soccer player from remaining among the headliners of the reactionary movement that Donald Trump intends to rely on to make his return to the White House in 2024. When he was president, it was effectively the billionaire who pushed Herschel Walker. to make the leap from mere Republican sympathizer to politician. And after appointing him to the Council on Sports and Nutrition, Donald Trump strongly encouraged him to run for senator.

After giving him a job as a sports adviser, Donald Trump pushed hard with Herschel Walker to push him to run for senator from Georgia.  And since then he has continued to defend it (file photo taken in September 2021 in Georgia).
Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post/Getty Images After giving him a job as a sports adviser, Donald Trump pushed hard with Herschel Walker to push him to run for senator from Georgia. And since then he has continued to defend it (file photo taken in September 2021 in Georgia).

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After giving him a job as a sports adviser, Donald Trump pushed hard with Herschel Walker to push him to run for senator from Georgia. And since then he has continued to defend it (file photo taken in September 2021 in Georgia).

Donald Trump believes that because he survived a series of scandals in 2016, he paved the way for other politicians and showed them that they no longer have to worry about these cases. “This is how Maggie Haberman describes it on MSNBC. ” With Herschel Walker, he goes even further than recording (Where Trump was talking about ‘grabbing women by the pussy,’ editor’s note) : we have tangible evidence. And we will therefore know if the rules of the game have changed to the point that political figures now survive this type of scandal. »

And for good reason: In polls taken just before the paid abortion issue, Herschel Walker remains highly competitive for the Senate race. Given between 4 and 12 points behind his Democratic challenger according to the polls, it’s impossible to rule him out entirely, especially given the pollsters’ complicated responsibilities to the Trump electorate.

and that although Herschel Walker has more skeletons in his closet than in a graveyard “, What conservative image analyst Rick Wilson. Because the ” Georgia is still a red state (Republican, editor’s note),” he adds. So much so that in a Republican party infiltrated by Donald Trump and his supporters, Herschel Walker still appears as a potential senator. What has r recentlysummed up a Trumpist polemicist, Dana Loesch : “ I wouldn’t even mind if he financed abortions for endangered baby eagles. I just want control of the Senate. » The tone of partial exams given.

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