Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker was accused Monday of paying for his former girlfriend to abort their child in 2009. The allegation threatens Walker’s campaign against Democratic Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock. Walker has run on vehemently opposing abortion, while Warnock, a Protestant preacher, has campaigned on a pro-abortion platform.
The Daily Beast, which reported the story, did not release the name of the woman but said that she provided the outlet with evidence that the two dated. The woman showed the outlet a $575 receipt for an abortion that was performed on Sept. 12, 2009, as well as a $700 check signed by Walker on Sept. 17, 2009, the article stated. The woman claimed that Walker sent the check in a get-well card.
The Daily Beast included an image of the alleged get-well card, in which handwriting appearing to belong to Walker says, “Pray you are feeling better.” The card includes what looks like the former professional football player’s signature.
The woman told the Daily Beast that the two of them mutually decided that she should get an abortion.
The Daily Beast said that it had also spoken to a friend of Walker’s alleged former girlfriend. The friend backed up the woman’s story and said that she cared for the woman after the alleged abortion.
Walker called the allegation a “flat-out lie.”
“This is another repugnant hatchet job from a democrat activist disguised as a reporter,” he said. Walker added that he is planning to sue the Daily Beast.
In an interview on Hannity on Fox News Monday, Walker said, regarding the $700 payment, “I send money to a lot of people.”
“I give money to people all the time ’cause I’m always helping people because I believe in being generous,” Walked continued. “God has blessed me; I want to bless others.”
When asked if he knew the woman, he said, “I have no idea.”
Walker argued that the Democrats are trying to destroy him with lies because the Senate seat he is vying for is so critical to the balance of political power in the United States.
“Now you know how important this seat is,” he told host Sean Hannity. “This seat is very important that they’ll do anything to win this seat, lie, ’cause they want to make it about everything else except what the true problems that we have in this country is.”
Walker has also received negative press over allegations that he tried to cover up children he had out of wedlock, a story that was also reported by the Daily Beast. Walker came clean about the four children he has with four different women in June, saying that he had chosen to not discuss these children in order to avoid subjecting them to media security.
On Monday, following the publication of the Daily Beast article, one of Walker’s children, Christian Walker, blasted him on Twitter:
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 also said that Walker’s family told him not to run for office, but that Walker “decided to give us the middle finger and air out all of his dirty laundry in public, while simultaneously lying about it.”
Walker simply responded, “I LOVE my son no matter what.”
Polls between Warnock and Walker are currently within the margin of error. A Fox News poll conducted Sept. 22–Sept. 26 found that Warnock held the lead by five points. Other recent polls, however, including a poll by CBS News, have found that the race is closer.
While many Republican groups have reiterated their support for Walker following the allegation, pro-life conservatives who have been drawn to Walker because of his adamant support for the unborn could come to believe he is a hypocrite who paid to kill his child.
Warnock, who wants to enforce abortion on demand on the whole country, must be celebrating.