NASHVILLE, TEN — Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker said Saturday that he had “never denied” the existence of children, which he had previously not publicly disclosed, and told conservative Christians his children “knew the truth.”
Speaking to a friendly audience at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual Road to Majority conference, Walker said the revelations about his children had only encouraged his campaign.
“Well, first of all, they knew the truth. You know, I’ve never betrayed any of my children and I love them more than anything,” he said. “And they haven’t done anything that just makes me want to fight harder because I’m sick of people misleading the American people. I’m tired of people misleading my family.”
Walker’s comments came after The Daily Beast reported that the former soccer star has four children, including two sons and a daughter, whom he has never spoken about publicly. Walker has consistently criticized absent fathers over the years, urging black men in particular to play an active role in children’s lives, citing his relationship with his older son, Christian Walker, as an example.
Interviewed onstage in Nashville, Tenn. by coalition leader Ralph Reed, Walker said he “knew what I signed up for when I came here, and they don’t know that.”
“No weapon formed against me should ever succeed,” he said, drawing loud applause and cheers.
Walker will face Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock in November’s general election, with the contest set to help determine which party will control the Senate, now split 50-50 next year.
Walker, who has been backed by top Republicans including former President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, has faced serious allegations throughout his campaign, including threatening his ex-wife’s life and numerous spread untruths.
These include dramatically inflating his record as a businessman, overstating his role in a for-profit program that allegedly exploited veterans while defrauding the government, and his claims that he graduated top of his class from the University of Georgia did. He has no degree, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported.
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