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ATLANTA (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Trump-supporting, Heisman trophy-winning running back is now running for the U.S. Senate — and Democrats are nervous.
Herschel Walker is a former pro football player for the Dallas Cowboys who won the highest college football award when playing for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. On Tuesday, he signed official papers with the Federal Election Commission to run for office.
Walker is now officially a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in the state of Georgia — while control of the Senate hangs in the balance. He has the wholehearted endorsement of President Trump.
"He's a great guy, he's a patriot and he's a very loyal person," said Trump in June on a radio program. "He's a very strong person. They love him in Georgia, I tell you."
In March, it was Donald Trump who brought up the idea of Walker running for Senate. In an official statement, he publicly encouraged his old friend to run: "Wouldn't it be great if the legendary Herschel Walker ran for the United States Senate in Georgia? He would be unstoppable, just like he was when he played for the Georgia Bulldogs and in the NFL. He is also a great person. Run, Herschel, Run!"
Walker is a devout evangelical Christian who speaks about his faith regularly. For instance, he referenced his Christian faith in February to a U.S. House hearing on H.R. 40, which was a bill to provide reparations for slavery:
We use Black power to create White guilt. How can I ask my heavenly Father to forgive me if I can't forgive my brother? I never want to put anyone's religion down, but my religion teaches togetherness. Reparations teaches separation. Slavery ended over 130 years ago. … Many have died trying to get into America; no one has died trying to get out.
Walker, who has never run for office, stumped for Trump in 2020. Their friendship goes back to 1984 when Walker played on Donald Trump's New Jersey Generals pro football team of the short-lived USFL. Walker spoke in support of Trump in August 2020 at the virtual Republican National Convention. He was passionate about his old friend and mentor being re-elected:
Most of you know me as a football player, but I'm also a father, a man of faith, and a very good judge of character. I've known Donald Trump for 37 years. … It hurts my soul to hear the terrible names that people call Donald. The worst one is racist. I take it out as a personal insult that people would think I've had a 37-year friendship with a racist.
If Walker wins the Republican nomination in Georgia, he will face in 2022 fellow African American and controversial candidate Raphael Warnock, who by a whisper beat Kelly Loeffler in Georgia's special run-off election in January.
Notwithstanding his name recognition and reputation for being a hero in Georgia sports lore, Walker also faces some undeniable challenges in the Senate race.
For one, Walker has admitted to challenges with mental illness. He has been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder.
Because of his erratic behavior stemming from mental challenges, his wife of 19 years, Cindy DeAngelis Grossman, divorced Walker in 2002. The couple has a son, Christian Walker, who is a self-proclaimed homosexual and member of Log Cabin Republicans.
Another potential problem relates to Walker's new partner in civil marriage, Julie Blanchard, currently under investigation by Georgia election officials for voting in Georgia for the 2020 election while having legal residence in Texas. Blanchard claims Georgia residency by having a Georgia driver's license and doing business in the state.
Political pundits claim that while a Trump endorsement may benefit Walker in the Republican primary, it may be a liability in the general election. Walker claims the presidency was stolen from Trump, and Democrats believe they have enough political fodder to paint him as unstable and out of touch.
Walker is a Black, conservative, Trump-backed Christian football hero with a checkered past who has no qualms speaking politically incorrect truths to the woke power elite. How much any of this will benefit or harm his political aspirations for 2022 will soon be discovered.