“He told me he will, and I think he will,” Donald Trump said today of Herschel Walker’s long-rumored proposal for a US Senate seat for Georgia in 2022.
“I had dinner with him a week ago,” said the former Celebrity apprentice host pontificate on Tuesday in The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, the newly minted radio replacements for the late Rush Limbaugh. “He’s a great guy. He is a patriot. He is a very loyal person. They love him in Georgia, I’ll tell you. “
A frequent presence at MAGA rallies throughout the years, the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner and formerCelebrity apprentice The contestant has been seeking a new career in elected office for a while. In April, Walker told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that “if I run, I run to win” against incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock. Just a few days ago, the Texas-based University of Georgia Bulldogs legend hit the metaphorical accelerator with a social media post saying he was “getting ready” to “run with the big dogs” as the camera went. a closure. on a Peach State license plate.
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– Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) June 17, 2021
In political circles, it is said that Walker will make his Senate candidacy public shortly after the July 4 holiday. Currently, the Senate is tied 50-50 between the Republican Party and the Democrats. The latter is in power thanks to two victories in Georgia earlier this year and a runoff in Vice President Kamala Harris, who is presiding over the Senate as part of her constitutional duties.
“I think he would win,” Trump added today referring to Walker, the Republican cardholder he appointed and then reappointed in his final days in office to head the President’s Sports, Fitness and Nutrition Council. “I think it would be very, very difficult to beat Herschel,” continued the man under an intense investigation by the Manhattan district attorney who summoned the grand jury, among others. “They have the ballads, they made ballads for Herschel. They still sing them all the time. So I think beating him would be very difficult. And I think he’s going to run. “
If this is no longer the Trumpverse style, there is little doubt that Walker could be a formidable candidate. However, neither capturing the Republican nomination nor then defeating Warnock is a sure thing.
For one thing, Georgia-born Walker would have to establish Peach State residency fairly quickly. Even with many still on the sidelines, he would have to address a possible strong line from other Republicans seeking to regain the crucial seat that history-making Pastor Ebenezer Baptist Church took from the named Kelly Loeffler in the Jan.5 special election. . this year. Lastly, Walker would have to beat Warnock himself in a state that was once solid red that turned blue for Joe Biden last year. That victory for the now-POTUS in November and Warnock and Jon Ossoff at the top of this year was largely due to the voter rights efforts of likely candidate for Governor Stacey Abrams, as well as changing demographics in Atlanta and other urban areas. of the former Confederate state.
Although Walker appeared in season 2 of The Celebrity apprentice In 2009, and he was fired nine weeks after the NBC reality series, he and Trump actually go back to the early 1980s. The college football star played for the New Jersey Generals of the American Football League. the United States, which was owned by the New York real estate developer for two years. The USFL collapsed in 1985 due to legal action against the NFL. By the time the league was dead, Walker had gone on to play with the Dallas Cowboys and later with the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants.
Walker ended his comeback career in the NFL with the Cowboys before retiring after the 1997 season. Competitor in the 1992 Winter Olympics on the US bobsled team and MMA fighter, top job Walker’s role today, in addition to his position as Chairman of the President’s Board, is “Brand Ambassador” for Dallas-based technology advocate AiBUY.
If he won, Walker would join former Auburn University football coach and Alabama junior senator Tommy Tuberville on the upper house grid contingent.