Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker confirmed that he actually has 4 children, following revelations that the critic of absentee fathers has a 10-year-old son with whom he reportedly has limited contact.
Along with the 10-year-old, the aspiring Georgia senator has a 13-year-old son in addition to an adult daughter who he had when he was around 20 years old, The Day by day Beast first reported Thursday. He also has a 22-year-old son who he has previously publicly disclosed.
This brings his total, publicly reported children to 4.
“I even have 4 children. Three sons and a daughter. They’re not ‘undisclosed’ – they’re my kids. I support all of them and love all of them,” Walker said in a press release to HuffPost Thursday.
The previous football star, who has received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, said he has never denied having 4 kids ― despite conflicting comments made by his campaign Wednesday.
Walker said he reported the 4 children to the federal government when appointed to the President’s Council on Sports Fitness and Nutrition by Trump in 2018. He reportedly shared with the Day by day Beast a replica of the shape he filled out for this appointment, which listed the names and ages of all 4 kids.
Walker, in his statement to HuffPost, said he “selected not to make use of them as props to win a political campaign. What parent would want their child involved in garbage, gutter politics like this?”
“Saying I hide my children because I don’t discuss them with reporters to win a campaign? That’s outrageous. I can take the warmth, that’s politics – but leave my kids alone,” he added.
Walker’s campaign has made no prior mention of those children until now. In a press release to HuffPost on Wednesday, his campaign manager, Scott Paradise, said he had one child when he was single years ago.
“Herschel had a toddler years ago when he wasn’t married,” the statement said. “He’s supported the kid and continues to achieve this. He’s pleased with his children. To suggest that Herschel is ‘hiding’ the kid because he hasn’t used him in his political campaign is offensive and absurd.”
News of Walker’s additional children is noteworthy as he has been a public critic of kids being raised in fatherless homes.
The Day by day Beast reported Tuesday that the mother of his 10-year-old son needed to sue Walker after giving birth with a view to secure a declaration of paternity and child support from the previous NFL player.
He has not played an lively parental role on this younger son’s life, though he sends him Christmas and birthday presents, The Day by day Beast reported, citing an individual near the kid’s family.
In a 2020 interview with conservative activist Charlie Kirk, Walker called fatherless homes a “major, major problem” in Black communities and described himself as acting “like a father” to fatherless kids within the Georgia town where he grew up.
“Remember, you’ll be able to leave the wife, but don’t leave your child,” he said he advises young men he meets.
In one other 2020 interview with conservative video bloggers Diamond and Silk, Walker disparaged Black fathers who leave boys to be raised by their mother. He likened this to when Black families were separated during slavery.
“Even when you’ve to depart that woman — you don’t leave that child,” he said.