Longtime NFL star running back and Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Herschel Walker said that he is “mad” at former President Donald J. Trump for remarks about his run to unseat Democrat incumbent Raphael Warnock in this year’s critical midterm election.
Walker, who has Trump’s backing came out on top of a crowded pack of GOP candidates in last week’s Georgia GOP primary, setting up the coming duel with Warnock, a hellfire and brimstone radical leftist preacher whose win in the Peach State’s runoff election in early 2021 was critical to giving Democrats their razor-thin Senate majority.
During a wide-ranging discussion with rapper Killer Mike on Revolt TV, when the topic of why he chose to run for the Senate came up, Walker made his remarks about Trump, rejecting the assertion by the ex-POTUS and potential 2024 Republican presidential nominee that he urged Walker to run.
“One thing that people don’t know is President Trump never asked me,” he said. “And I need to tell him that he never asked, you know, I heard it all on television that ‘he’s gonna ask Herschel,’ he’s saying Hershel to run, President Trump never came out and said ‘Herschel, will you run for that Senate seat?’”
“He never asked, so, I’m mad at him, because he never asked, but he’s taking credit that he asked before all this started coming about,” adding that he and his wife prayed about his entry into the political arena.
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“To be honest with you, I was praying that God would bring somebody else,” he continued, “I’m happy, my life is doing well, I’ve got a company, man I’m rolling, but, I love the Lord Jesus and I said my parents raised me that if something is going wrong, got nothing to do with who I am, what I’ve done in life but what I can do to help someone else.”
Trump who has campaigned on his behalf, predicted that Walker would run during an interview on the nationally syndicated “Clay & Buck” radio show last year.
“He told me he’s going to, and I think he will,” Trump said. “He’s a great guy. He’s a patriot. He’s a very loyal person. They love him in Georgia, I’ll tell you…I think it would be very, very hard to beat Herschel…I think beating him would be very tough. And I think he’s going to run.”
Walker goes back a long way with Trump. The 1982 Heisman Trophy-winning member of the Georgia Bulldogs shocked the sports world when he shunned the established NFL by signing a contract with the New Jersey Generals of the now-defunct United States Football League, a team that the brash young New York real estate magnate would eventually come to own.
During Walker’s career with the Generals, he led the fledgling league in rushing in two out of three seasons including in 1985 when he set a record for most rushing yards. Following the collapse of the USFL, he jumped to the NFL, signing with the Dallas Cowboys where he played for just over three seasons before being shipped off to the Minnesota Vikings in a blockbuster trade that many have credited with bringing a return in draft picks and players that would lay the foundation for the 1990s Cowboys juggernaut that won three Super Bowl titles.
Never quite living up to the huge price paid to acquire him in the lopsided trade and scapegoated by Vikings fans for the team’s on-field failures, Walker moved on to the Philadelphia Eagles where he played for three years, eventually coming full circle back to Dallas to close out his 12 year NFL career before going on to establish himself as a successful businessman prior to getting into politics.
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