Georgia GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker swung back at former President Barack Obama’s accusation that he is “a celebrity that wants to be a politician,” arguing that the former president doesn’t have sway with voters in the Peach State and “got with the wrong horse” by backing Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.
Walker’s comments come in the wake of the former president slamming the controversial candidate during a speech Friday evening as he highlighted the GOP candidate’s multiple controversies, telling the crowd the former football star is “someone who carries around a phony badge and says he is in law enforcement like a kid playing cops and robbers” and alleging he has “issues of character.”
Walker criticized the former president, noting that Obama did not win the state in 2008 or 2016, and dismissed that he is a celebrity, referring to himself as “a warrior for God.”
“President Obama was here last night. He said I’m a celebrity. He got that one wrong, didn’t he? I’m not a celebrity. I’m a warrior for God. He got something else wrong, too. Remember two years ago he told us to vote for Joe Biden, didn’t he? He got that one wrong, did he not? He’s lost twice to Georgia already, hasn’t he, so I think he probably needs to sit this one out,” Walker said in a statement.
“I’m sorry to tell former President Obama, I’m sorry, I’m gonna pray for him. I’m gonna pray for him because he needs some help. He needs some help because he got with the wrong horse. Senator Warnock is the wrong horse. You know he can’t do the job, and it’s time for him to leave. So don’t let the door hit your butt as you walk out of there.”
Polls indicate that Walker and Warnock are in a neck-and-neck battle, which has become increasingly heated as Election Day nears.
The Warnock camp has looked to hit Walker over multiple stories that have emerged stating that the former football player had multiple children he previously did not acknowledge, pushed women to have abortions, threatened his ex-wife with a gun, and fabricated parts of his professional record. Walker has denied the abortion claims, stood by his claim that he has been involved with law enforcement, and asserted that he has a good relationship with his ex-wife, noting he has worked to draw awareness to mental health issues.
The Walker campaign has looked to highlight accusations from Warnock’s wife that he ran over her foot with a car. Warnock has denied the accusation.
Reporting by The Washington Examiner.