Lindsey Graham: Walker Victory Means Republicans ‘Not Racist’
Graham’s comments highlight the importance that Republicans have placed on the Georgia race between Walker and Warnock in recapturing the Senate in the midterm elections.
During a stump speech for Georgia’s Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker on Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested that Democrats are fearful of the former football star’s midterm election victory largely because it would mean that Republicans are “not racist.”
“Hollywood will melt down if Herschel wins. Every Republican is getting beat up pretty bad, we got no friends in the media, all this money coming out of Hollywood trying to make up down, but why are they so focused on Herschel?” Graham said, per The Hill.
“They’re afraid of Herschel Walker because if Herschel Walker wins, that means we’re not racist. And if you’re a Republican, aren’t you tired of being called a racist all the time by everybody?” he continued.
Walker, who has been polling neck and neck with incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA), once again made headlines on Wednesday when a second woman came forward to allege that he was involved in her getting an abortion. The woman, referred to as “Jane Doe” to protect her identity, claimed during a press conference with her lawyer, Gloria Allred, that Walker had “pressured” her into getting an abortion after she learned she was pregnant in April 1993.
CNN reported that Walker called the new allegation a “lie” during a campaign event in Georgia on Wednesday. “I already told people this is a lie, and I’m not going to entertain, continue to carry a lie along. And I also want to let you know that I didn’t kill JFK either,” he said.
Earlier this month, a Daily Beast report accused Walker of allegedly paying for a former girlfriend’s abortion in 2009. The woman supported her claim with a receipt from an abortion clinic and a bank deposit receipt showing that Walker reimbursed her $700 for the procedure. The news outlet also reported that the same woman is the mother of one of Walker’s children.
Meanwhile, as reported by NBC News, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) expressed concern on Thursday regarding the race in Georgia during a conversation with President Joe Biden.
“The state where we’re going downhill is Georgia. It’s hard to believe that they will go for Herschel Walker,” Schumer appeared to tell the president, a conversation that was picked up on a microphone and camera while they stood on an airport tarmac in Syracuse, New York.
“But our vote—our early turnout in Georgia is huge. Huge!” he added.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington state-based Finance and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.