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Never Trumpers’ Despicable Attack on Herschel Walker
Attack ad against Herschel Walker, Aug. 8, 2022 (Republican Accountability PAC/YouTube)

The Right is laboring to win the U.S. Senate from Chuck Schumer of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and other far-left, tax-happy, spend-crazy Democrats. So, a “GOP” group called the Republican Accountability Project (RAP) decided that this would be a really good time to work hard to help reelect Georgia’s Raphael Warnock, a far-left, tax-happy, spend-crazy Democrat. (He has an American Conservative Union rating of 8 percent.) RAP’s methods could not be much uglier. They are weaponizing the mental-health history and advocacy of Warnock’s conservative Republican opponent, U.S. Senate nominee Herschel Walker.

Walker explains his history in the Wall Street Journal on Aug. 12, saying:

My former wife, Cindy, and I gave a TV interview in 2008 to share … the pain of my mental-health struggles and their effect on our marriage. It was uncomfortable to bare our souls like that. Mental illness carried more of a stigma back then.

Walker continues:

She helped me through the hardest time of my life. Because our story ultimately was one of healing, forgiveness and redemption, I knew that if we came forward, we could convince others that there is no shame in asking for help. I hoped we would help people who were struggling and maybe even save a few lives.

RAP took excerpts from the couple’s 2008 interview and cobbled together one of the nastiest attack ads in recent memory.

“Do you think you know Herschel Walker?” a female announcer asks in a 30-second commercial over video of Walker playing football. “Well, think again. Listen to what his ex-wife had to say about him.”

Next, Cindy DeAngelis Grossman, in a tight close-up, recalls: “His eyes would become very evil. The guns and knives. I got into a few choking things with him.”

After a jump cut, Grossman adds, “The first time he held the gun to my head, he held the gun to my temple and said he was going to blow my brains out.”

This ad deserves a penalty flag the size of a beach towel.

If Walker had engaged in such lunatic behavior, shown no remorse, spurned psychological treatment, steered others away from restorative mental-health services, and maintained the enmity of his ex-wife, this commercial would be fair.

As it happens, Walker long ago opened himself to widespread scrutiny. He wrote Breaking Free: My Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder, a 2008 memoir on his ailment and how he confronted and conquered it through medical attention. Walker also asked for his ex-wife’s forgiveness and has spent the ensuing 14 years urging others to get psychological care when necessary.

Walker also has helped the mentally disturbed understand that there is no stigma in seeking assistance, and, when they do, they should be congratulated, not lampooned.

The RAP ignored all of this in order to paralyze Walker by nefariously editing that 14-year-old broadcast footage. The RAP conveniently conceals the fact that Walker sat right beside Grossman as she made these comments in a 2008 discussion with ABC News’ Bob Woodruff. As Walker wrote: “[S]he gave this interview because I asked her to, and … we did this and other interviews together. The ad makers took something designed to do good and turned it into something evil, which will harm innocent people.”

A commentator on the ad’s YouTube post, Gregory Opelka, responded sharply to this rancid commercial, saying:

After seeing this ad and also reading Mr. Walker’s poignant op-ed on the subject in the Wall Street Journal (August 12, ‘How Low Can Gutter Politics Go?’), all I can say is, I’d rather fail with Herschel Walker than succeed with Bill Krystol and his ilk. Tearing down a good man, and distorting his past the way this ad does to do so, is no way to make a country better…. I will happily celebrate Mr. Walker’s election to the Senate this November.

Perhaps this ad already is backfiring on its creators, as well it should.

As Opelka indicated, this sewage was spilled, or at least supervised, by RAP’s chairman, Bill Kristol. Once one of America’s most prominent conservative voices, the execrable Kristol contracted a crippling case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. Kristol endorsed Biden and now is a man of the left who cheers on a president who is dismembering each and every policy and program for which Kristol had fought since college.

Kristol & Kompany also are attacking Walker’s previous domestic-abuse incidents in order to boost the other candidate, who is stained with domestic-abuse accusations. Warnock was locked in a tumultuous divorce and custody battle with his ex-wife, Oulèye Ndoye. Tensions overflowed between the two in March 2020, when police arrived to calm their heated argument outside of his parked car. Police body-camera footage shows Ndoye’s claiming that, when Warnock tried to drive away, he ran over her foot. Warnock disputes this. Ndoye said that his denial proves that “he’s a great actor.” She continued, “He is phenomenal at putting on a really good show.”

Bill Kristol should be ashamed of himself. How sad that this author of four books can’t spell “shame.”

Manhattan-based political commentor Deroy Murdock is a Fox News Contributor.

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