• Nabilah Islam

These days, we have to take unserious candidates seriously

By Nabilah Islam

Sure, former NFL player and current U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker is a clown.

Unfortunately, Washington is a circus these days.

So while it’s tempting to look at Walker’s disgusting past of being violent towards women, his lies about his business record and his recent decision to move to Georgia from Texas and dismiss him as a joke, we don’t have the luxury of dismissing jokes anymore.

Donald Trump taught us that painful lesson over and over again.

Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock, Georgia’s first Black senator, is a good man who has fought hard to deliver on his campaign promises since getting elected. If we had a hundred Raphael Warnocks in the United States Senate, the United States would be a much better place.

But decency and dedicated public service are only worth so much in modern politics.

Just last year we watched in Alabama as Sen. Doug Jones, a hero who prosecuted the Birmingham church bombers, was defeated by a college football coach who seems to have spent years playing without a helmet.

That coach, Tommy Tuberville, tried to overturn the presidential election even after violent white supremacists had attacked the U.S. Capitol.

Walker would be even worse.

Maybe you remember that Walker’s response to Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election was to call for re-do elections in swing states, an idea so dumb it could only come from a Trump bootlick.

But too many Georgians will only remember Walker from his time as a football star for the University of Georgia. Hell, Tuberville was a terrible coach, and Alabama still liked him more than the honest guy with integrity.

That’s why it is imperative that we tell Georgians about the real Herschel Walker.

Walker claims to have stopped his violent behavior after finding Jesus in 2001. Unfortunately, according to records obtained by the Associated Press, it didn’t stop then at all. In 2005, his ex-wife filed for a protective order against him, citing “violent and controlling behavior.”

Apparently the man Trump and Mitch McConnell want in the Senate casting votes repeatedly threatened to kill his wife, threats that police in Texas took seriously enough that they took Walker’s gun for “safe keeping.” And that was in Texas.

“A judge agreed, finding ‘good cause’ to issue a protective order,” the AP wrote. “He also barred Walker from possessing guns for a period of time.”

So Walker was too dangerous to be trusted with guns in Texas, but we’re supposed to trust him in the Senate?!

The AP also reports that Walker has repeatedly lied about his business dealings, inflating his role with the company, the number of people it employs and how much it makes each year, coming clean only when the company applied for a federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. It had only eight employees, not the hundreds Walker claimed, and it got more than $180,000 of our tax dollars during a pandemic.

So we know that Walker is dangerous and violent, we know that he’s a liar and we know that he only moved to Georgia because he wanted to be in the Senate. And he only did that because the worst president in American history told him to.

Why in the world would we be worried about this guy when he’s running against an actual reverend who actually helps people?

Because it’s politics. And because Walker just announced that he has raised $3.7 million since registering to vote in Georgia and announcing his run just a few weeks ago.

That’s not a small amount for a first-time candidate. It means Walker is for real. And with Trump’s endorsement, we should consider him what he has been for years — dangerous.

That means we have to stop him. We have to tell the truth about him. We have to make sure Georgia voters know there is more to this man than his days as a football star, and we have to make sure he is never in a position of power where he can continue to lie and bully people.

And the first step to all of that is to start taking Herschel Walker seriously.

Even if he is a clown.