Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) was blasted on social media for his bizarre defense of Herschel Walker, the previous football star and Republican candidate running against Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Georgia).
Speaking on Fox News, Gingrich hailed Walker as “a very powerful Senate candidate within the country” resulting from his “deep commitment to Christ.” That praise was offered despite Walker’s history of violence and domestic abuse and latest accusations the supposed “pro-life” candidate paid for an abortion for a then-girlfriend in 2009.
Gingrich’s claim also ignored something else: Warnock is a senior pastor on the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Media Matters clipped the comments:
Earlier this week, one in all Walker’s sons ― conservative influencer Christian Walker ― publicly called him out.
“You’re not a ‘family man’ whenever you left us to bang a bunch of girls, threatened to kill us, and had us move over 6 times in 6 months running out of your violence,” Christian Walker wrote on Twitter.
Despite that, Gingrich talked up Walker as a “remarkable person” and praised his confidence. For some reason, Gingrich also brought up Walker’s health.
“He’s been through an extended, tough period,” Gingrich said. “He had quite a lot of concussions coming out of football, he suffered PTSD.”
Gingrich’s critics fired back on Twitter:
Newt Gingrich: Herschel Walker, whose brain was damaged a bunch by football, must be within the Senate due to his deep commitment to Christ — so he can replace an actual reverend. https://t.co/EJ7OxrIEAD
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) October 5, 2022
Pretty shameless of FOX to march out Newt to speak about a fellow adulterer’s “commitment to Christ.” https://t.co/3bqHQ7XvW3
— DC – ExGOP Conservative Against Trumpism 🇺🇸 (@dccra) October 5, 2022