On the campaign trail, Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker has repeatedly said that one of the biggest problems among black Americans is the high rate of “fatherlessness” in the United States, remarking in a 2020 interview:
“And I want to apologize to the African-American community, because the fatherless home is a major, major problem.”
But as Roger Sollenberger of The Daily Beast reports, Walker has a “secret” son he never mentions or visits, seeming to undercut his complaints about fatherless homes:
What Walker hasn’t publicly acknowledged is that he has a second son, who has apparently been estranged from his biological father since his birth a decade ago. The son, whose name The Daily Beast is withholding out of privacy concerns, has grown up more than 1,500 miles from Walker’s Texas home. And the mother, whose name we are also withholding for privacy reasons, had to take Walker to court a year after giving birth in order to secure a declaration of paternity and child support. The Daily Beast confirmed these events through public posts, a court document where Walker is declared to be the child’s father, and a person close to the boy’s family with direct knowledge of the events.
Walker is kind enough to send Christmas and birthday presents to his unacknowledged son, but has absolutely no contact with him outside of those gifts.
Scott Paradise, who serves as Walker’s campaign manager, insisted that the candidate has never tried to hide his children and is incredibly proud of them:
“Herschel had a child years ago when he wasn’t married. He’s supported the child and continues to do so. He’s proud of his children. To suggest that Herschel is ‘hiding’ the child because he hasn’t used him in his political campaign is offensive and absurd.”
However, that statement fails to address the fact that Walker continues to hide himself from his son, not even bothering to see the child or pay child support until he was taken to court and forced to do so.
Additionally, Walker has been caught in several blatant exaggerations that were later proven to be false.
- Walker claims he graduated from the University of Georgia. (He never graduated from college.)
- Walker likes to brag that he worked in law enforcement. (He never has and cannot provide of scintilla of evidence to support his assertion.)
Walker, much like his political idol, former President Donald Trump, seems to have a great deal of trouble telling the truth, doesn’t he?
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