Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker is denying allegations that appeared in the left-leaning Daily Beast Monday that he paid for a woman’s 2009 abortion.
Walker told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday night when asked if he knew who the unnamed woman was, “I have no idea, but it’s an outright lie.”
The Daily Beast reported earlier that evening that Walker, who is staunchly and vocally pro-life, encouraged a woman to abort her unborn baby in 2009. According to the report:
A woman who asked not to be identified due to privacy concerns told the Daily Beast that after she and Walker conceived a child while dating in 2009, he urged her to have an abortion. The woman said she had the procedure done and that Walker reimbursed her.
She supported those claims with a $575 receipt from the abortion clinic, a “get well” card from Walker and a bank deposit slip that included an image of a signed $700 personal check from Walker.
Walker told Hannity, “I can tell you right now, I have never asked anyone to have an abortion. I never paid for an abortion and that is a lie. … They put my children at risk. They put my family in danger. They think they can threaten me. They think they can scare me. Right now, all it’s done is turn me on even more.”
He also issued a statement saying he intended to sue the Daily Beast for defamation:
On the Democrats’ latest attack: pic.twitter.com/OjrDcGak95
— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) October 3, 2022
Complicating matters for Walker, the Georgia Republican’s 23-year-old son Christian attacked his father in a series of social media posts after the abortion claim emerged.
“Every member of Herschel Walker’s family asked him not to run because we all knew (some of) his past,” Christian wrote, accusing his father of giving their family “the middle finger” and lying to the public .
Every member of Herschel Walker’s family asked him not to run for office because we all knew (some of) his past. Every one. He decided to give us the middle finger and air all his dirty laundry in public while lying about it.
— Christian Walker (@ChristianWalk1r) October 4, 2022
Christian also alleged that his father abandoned their family as he led a violent and promiscuous lifestyle.
“You are not a ‘family man’ when you let us beat up a bunch of women, threatened to kill us, and made us move 6 times in 6 months of your violence,” Christian wrote.
Walker responded to his son’s accusations in a short statement, writing, “I LOVE my son no matter what.”
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the campaign arm of Senate Republicans, stands behind Walker amid the tumultuous news period.
“Democrats and the media have tried to spin nonsense about what has or hasn’t happened in Herschel Walker’s past because they want to distract from what’s happening in the present,” said NRSC spokesman Chris Hartline. he said in a statement Monday night, adding that incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) shares responsibility for “spiking inflation, a raging border crisis and crime in Georgia’s communities.”
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