Georgia U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker confirmed in an interview that aired Monday morning the $700 check a woman claims he wrote to her to pay for an abortion is indeed his check. The former football star denied, however, paying for an abortion, telling NBC News of the check, “I have no idea what that could be for.”
What You Need To Know
- Georgia U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker confirmed in an interview that aired Monday morning the $700 check a woman claims he wrote to her to pay for an abortion is indeed his check
- The former football star denied, however, paying for an abortion, telling NBC News of the check, “I have no idea what that could be for"
- The woman said she conceived a child in 2009 with Walker, who has voice support for a nationwide, total abortion ban, and that he urged her to get an abortion
- Walker also insisted the badge he held up at a debate Friday and another one he displayed during his NBC News interview are real
The Daily Beast first reported on the allegations of the woman, whose identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy. The woman said she conceived a child with Walker in 2009 and that he urged her to get an abortion.
She showed both the Daily Beast and NBC News a copy of the check as well as a receipt from the clinic where she said she had the abortion. The Daily Beast also reported she provided the website with a “get well” card from Walker.
The woman later told the Daily Beast she became pregnant again years after with Walker’s child and that he again urged her to have an abortion, but she refused.
Walker has previously said he supports a total, nationwide abortion ban with no exceptions, although he denied during a debate Friday of ever having that hard-line stand. He claimed instead he favors a ban after six weeks, the same as Georgia’s so-called heartbeat law.
After being shown a copy of the check by NBC News, Walker said, “Yes, that’s my check.”
But he maintained that the abortion accusation is “still a lie.”
Asked why voters should believe his denials on the issue, Walker said, “Because I’ve been very transparent about everything I've ever done.”
One of the highlights of Walker’s debate against Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock came when Warnock attacked his Republican challenger for allegedly misrepresenting himself as a law enforcement officer.
“I've never pretended to be a police officer,” Warnock said. “And I've never I've never threatened a shootout with the police.”
Walker then pulled out a badge, which he insisted was real, and said he “worked with many police officers.”
The Heisman Trophy winner was admonished by the moderator for violating the debate’s rules by using a prop.
Walker has never been a trained law enforcement officer, though he has a litany of law enforcement endorsement.
The badge was given to him in recognition of community service work he performed with the sheriff’s department in Cobb County, Georgia, a campaign spokesman told The New York Times.
Walker held up a different badge, from Johnson County, Georgia, during the NBC News interview. He said it was a “legit badge.”
The Johnson County sheriff told NBC he gave Walker an honorary badge, which permits him to help with community support during a crisis.
The National Sheriffs’ Association said in a statement to multiple media outlets that honorary badges are meant “for the trophy case.”
Warnock’s mention of Walker threatening a shootout with police stems from an Associated Press report about police responding to a disturbance at Walker’s suburban Dallas home in 2001. Walker was “volatile” and armed, and he had “talked about having a shoot-out with police,” the AP reported. Police declined to seek charges or arrest him in connection with the incident.
Walker’s campaign dismissed the report and blamed the media for highlighting it.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.