Republican senatorial nominee Herschel Walker has spent four days attacking Barack Obama after the former President, campaigning for Democrats in the days before the midterm election mocked the former NFL star to a huge, laughing crowd.
“Why don’t he go back to wherever he’s from and get back in his million-dollar mansion,” cried Walker, dredging up the birtherism that took hold over a decade ago thanks to his mentor, Donald Trump.
“Where has he been all this time, while people are dying on the street?” charged Walker, not explaining the allegation.
“Where has he been all this time while these gas prices going up?” he continued, again, apparently not aware former presidents have no ability to regulate the price of gas — a charge that, to Walker’s logic, could also be made of the man who not only endorsed him, but pushed him to run: Donald Trump.
“Where has he been all this time as people going to all the school system and our president call all the parents domestic terrorists,” Walker claimed, which is entirely false.
While Walker attacked former President Obama he neglected to mention his own massive financial portfolio, including his businesses that paid him more than $4 million in the last year – as he continued to give paid speeches while running for public office, something rarely done. (Republicans lambasted Hillary Clinton after she left office as Secretary of State, for giving paid speeches when she was a private citizen and nowhere near to declaring a presidential run.)
Walker has raked in well over a quarter million dollars for paid speeches alone while a declared candidate. The former NFL star charged tens of thousands of dollars per speech to several Boys & Girls Clubs, taking in nearly $100,000 from just those local organizations.
Herschel Walker (R): “Why don’t [Obama] go back to wherever he’s from?” pic.twitter.com/Ffjw9kzEzi
— The Recount (@therecount) November 1, 2022
CNN reported this summer that “Walker was once a ‘partner’ and ‘spokesman‘ for a subsidiary of an energy company, Just Energy, which was repeatedly targeted by states’ attorneys general and utility agencies over allegedly deceptive practices.”
“The parent company’s practices allegedly enticed potential customers into long term contacts falsely saying they would save them money, allegedly included the elderly and those with language barriers being put into contracts they did not understand,” CNN added.
Walker is worth an estimated $29 million to $65 million, according to his 2021 financial disclosure.
Meanwhile, Obama’s jovial ribbing went viral over the weekend.
Obama joked about Walker’s credentials at a Georgia rally on Friday, with a “thought experiment.”
Obama: Let’s do a thought experiment. Let’s say you’re at the airport and you see Mr. Walker and you say “There’s Herschel Walker. Heiman winner. Let’s have him fly the plane” pic.twitter.com/EXVDyvp1NO
— Acyn (@Acyn) October 29, 2022
Also on Friday Obama called Walker “a celebrity who wants to be a politician.”
“In the case of Rev. Warnock’s opponent,” Obama declared, “there is very little evidence that he has taken any interest, bothered to learn anything about, or displayed any kind of inclination, towards public service, or volunteer work, or helping people in any way.”
“Seems to me,” Obama continued, “he’s a celebrity who wants to be a politician. And we’ve seen how that goes,” the former president said, mocking his one-term Republican successor.
Obama: Seems to me he’s a celebrity who wants to be a politician and we’ve seen how that goes.. pic.twitter.com/DUHw9wQFo3
— Acyn (@Acyn) October 29, 2022
Walker tried to take control of the narrative, by invoking God.
Trying to quell the quickly brewing battle, Walker issued a statement on Saturday saying, “President Obama was here last night. He said I’m a celebrity. He got that one wrong, didn’t he? I’m not a celebrity, I’m a warrior for God.”
He echoed those remarks on Monday.
“I’m not a pilot. I’m a football player, I’m a politician, I’m a lover … I’m that warrior for God that [Obama] should have been when he was born but he’s not.”
— Georgia GOP Senate nominee Herschel Walker fires back at former President Obama for slamming his lack of experience pic.twitter.com/sXMyfhEPYV
— The Recount (@therecount) October 31, 2022
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