Herschel Walker, the GOP nominee for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, was reprimanded by a moderator for flashing a “prop” police badge in his debate Friday against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.
During a response to an issue about crime, Warnock criticized Walker for falsely claiming up to now that he had once worked in law enforcement.
“One thing I’ve not done is I’ve never pretended to be a police officer, and I’ve never threatened a shootout with the police,” Warnock said, referring to how the previous football star once talked a few police shootout, in accordance with a 21-year-old police report.
Walker then pulled out what gave the impression to be a fake police badge and held it up on stage, drawing a scolding from one in every of the moderators.
“You’re thoroughly aware of the principles, aren’t you?” the moderator said.
Sen. Raphael Warnock (D): “One thing I actually have not done — I actually have never pretended to be a police officer, and I’ve never threatened a shootout with the police.”
In response, Herschel Walker (R) pulled out a prop badge: “I’m work with many cops.” pic.twitter.com/Wyh6oYD9zB
— Heartland Signal (@HeartlandSignal) October 14, 2022
In a 2019 speech, Walker claimed he had once worked in law enforcement.
“I hung out at Quantico on the FBI training schools. Y’all didn’t know I used to be an agent? I probably shouldn’t tell y’all that. Y’all don’t care about that. Yeah, I’ve been in law enforcement,” Walker said on the time.
There’s no record of Walker ever having worked in law enforcement. He has touted the indisputable fact that he received an honorary deputy sheriff card reportedly given to him by the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia.
Walker’s campaign has been marred by a string of scandals surrounding his personal conduct, including the recent allegation that he paid for the abortion of a former girlfriend in 2009 despite his staunch anti-abortion views. Walker has denied the reports and accused the lady of lying. His conservative son, meanwhile, has turned on him and called him a liar.
The race is one in every of the important thing battles within the upcoming election that might determine control of the Senate. Warnock, a pastor who won his seat in a 2021 runoff, is searching for his first full term in office.
Public polling has shown Warnock with a small but consistent lead over Walker. If either candidate doesn’t receive greater than 50% of the vote in November, there will probably be a runoff.