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Trump defends Herschel Walker after abortion report

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Former President Donald Trump and leaders of top GOP political organizations leapt to the defense of Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker on Tuesday, after a bombshell report accused the anti-abortion Republican of allegedly paying for a girl’s abortion years earlier.

“Herschel has properly denied the fees against him, and I actually have little doubt he’s correct,” Trump said in an announcement on his Twitter-like platform Truth Social.

The post from Trump, who has endorsed Walker and campaigned with him in Georgia, aligned with statements of support from the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and a PAC closely tied to Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Multiple anti-abortion groups also defended Walker on Tuesday.

Walker called the report “a flat-out lie” and vowed to file a defamation lawsuit against the news outlet by Tuesday morning. Spokespeople for Walker’s campaign haven’t responded to repeated questions on whether that lawsuit has been filed.

Scott Paradise, a spokesman for Walker’s campaign, tweeted that the candidate had a serious fundraising boost within the wake of the publication of the Each day Beast story. Paradise didn’t share any specific fundraising data in those tweets.

The Each day Beast’s article Monday night marked the newest, and possibly largest, blow to the previous NFL star’s scandal-plagued Senate bid, just weeks before the Nov. 8 midterm elections.

It comes as Walker and his Democratic rival, incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, seem like neck and neck in polls in the important thing swing state. The Senate fight in Georgia, a purple state that President Joe Biden narrowly won over Trump in 2020, is considered one of several key races that might determine which party controls the Senate after the elections.

The Each day Beast quoted an anonymous woman who said she became pregnant when she and Walker were dating in 2009, when he was not married, and that he “urged her to get an abortion.” The report said the lady supported her claims with a receipt from the abortion clinic, a “get better” card from Walker and a picture of a private check signed by him.

The article spurred Walker’s own adult son Christian to talk out against him in a series of furious social media posts.

“You are not a ‘family man’ once you left us to bang a bunch of ladies, threatened to kill us, and had us move over 6 times in 6 months running out of your violence,” Christian Walker wrote.

But while Christian Walker appears to have disavowed his father’s Senate bid, the Republican Party’s leaders and institutions are standing by his campaign.

“Herschel Walker is being slandered and maligned by the Fake News Media and clearly, the Democrats,” Trump said in his statement. The previous president, whose 2016 campaign was also marred by personal scandals, said of Walker, “They are attempting to destroy a person who has true greatness in his future, just as he had athletic greatness in his past.”

“It’s totally vital for our Country and the Great State of Georgia that Herschel Walker wins this Election,” Trump wrote. “With all that Herschel has completed, once you come from Georgia and also you see the name Herschel Walker when voting, it’s going to be very hard to withstand. Don’t!”

NRSC spokesman Chris Hartline said in an announcement, “Democrats are losing in Georgia and are on the verge of losing the bulk, so that they and their media allies are doing what they at all times do — attack Republicans with innuendo and lies.”

“Democrats and the media have tried to fire up nonsense about what has or hasn’t happened in Herschel Walker’s past because they need to distract from what’s happening in the current,” Hartline said.

As a Senate candidate, Walker has called for a complete ban on abortion, and he recently said he has “at all times been for all times.”

Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, the chairman of the NRSC, later got here out with a fair more forceful message, claiming Democrats “cranked up the smear machine” because Walker is winning.

“When the Democrats are losing, as they’re right away, they lie and cheat and smear their opponents. That is what’s happening right away,” Scott said, despite the fact that polling averages currently show Warnock beating Walker in a narrow contest.

“Herschel has denied these allegations and the NRSC and Republicans stand with him, and Georgians will stand with him too,” Scott said.

The Senate Leadership Fund, a McConnell-linked super PAC that has spent big on several key races, vowed to face by Walker.

“We’re full speed ahead in Georgia,” the PAC’s president, Steven Law, said in an announcement. “This election is concerning the way forward for the country — Herschel Walker will make things higher, Raphael Warnock is making it worse. The rest is a distraction.”

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel accused “desperate Democrats and liberal media” of turning to “anonymous sources and character assassination.”

“That is an try to distract from Warnock’s record of failure leading to rising costs and uncontrolled crime,” McDaniel tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “Herschel Walker will deliver a safer and more prosperous Georgia, and the RNC will proceed to speculate within the Senate race.” 

The reporting on Walker allegedly paying for an abortion arrived in an election cycle where abortion has grow to be a top issue for a lot of Democratic voters. The Supreme Court’s late June ruling overturning Roe v. Wade reshaped Democrats’ messaging, and appears to have galvanized voter registration amongst women and young voters.

Two major anti-abortion groups, which seek to finish the procedure nationwide, said Tuesday they’re standing with Walker.

“Hershel Walker has denied these allegations within the strongest possible terms and we stand firmly alongside him,” said Mallory Carroll, spokeswoman for a brilliant PAC linked to SBA Pro-Life America, in an announcement.

One other group, National Right to Life, said, “The anonymous attack on Herschel Walker is just the newest in a series of attempted Democratic character assassinations going back to the allegations against Justice Clarence Thomas.”

“National Right to Life stands behind its endorsement of Herschel Walker,” it said, accusing Warnock of voting “to pay for hundreds of abortions.”

“Herschel Walker desires to protect unborn children while Raphael Warnock desires to see them die through unlimited abortion.”

Meanwhile, an aide to incumbent Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, stopped wanting backing Walker.

“As he has said repeatedly throughout this campaign, the governor is laser-focused on sharing his record of results and vision for his second term with hardworking Georgians, and raising the resources mandatory to fund the promoting, ground game and voter turnout operation needed to make sure Republican victories up and down the ballot on November eighth,” Kemp advisor Cody Hall said, NBC News reported.

Walker’s personal life has dominated coverage of his Senate campaign. His ex-wife Cindy Grossman accused him of threatening to kill her, and Walker confirmed on the campaign trail that he has more children than were previously known.

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