Herschel Walker denies paying for abortion, but still backs ban

Herschel Walker, the Republican candidate for US Senate in Georgia, denies the latest Daily Beast reports that he paid off a former girlfriend to have an abortion – and that the woman is the mother of one of his children.

In a Thursday morning interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Walker reiterated his denials of the Daily Beast reporting.

“I know that’s wrong. I know that’s wrong, and they keep telling me things like that, and it’s totally, totally wrong,” Walker said on The Hugh Hewitt Show. “And I don’t know why. it would be said. I don’t know anything about any woman having an abortion. And they can keep attacking me like that, and they do it because they want to distract people.

In a confused response, Walker repeatedly said he had already been forgiven. And despite campaigning for a nationwide ban on abortion at 15 weeks pregnant, Walker suggested to Hewitt that there would have been no shame in having had the procedure.

“I hate to say I was born again, but I have a new life. And I moved on, and if that had happened, I would have said so, because there’s nothing to be ashamed of there,” Walker said. “You know, people have done this, but I don’t know. And if I did, I’d be honest and talk about it, but I don’t know.

The daily beast reported Monday that Walker paid for a girlfriend’s abortion in 2009, and that the woman provided proof of their relationship, as well as a “recovery” card Walker sent her after the procedure. After Walker publicly denied the story as a “brainless lie” and said he didn’t know who the former girlfriend could be, the woman – whom the Daily Beast had kept anonymous – returned to the press briefing say she was the mother of one of Walker’s children.

“Of course I was stunned, but I guess it doesn’t shock me either, that there may be so many of us that he really doesn’t remember,” she told the Daily Beast. “But again, if he really forgot it, that also means something.”

The Washington Post was unable to independently confirm the Daily Beast reports.

Herschel Walker, the GOP candidate for US Senate in Georgia, denied a report that he paid for a girlfriend’s abortion in 2009 on Fox News on October 3. (Video: Fox News)

“As I have said before, there is no truth in this report or any other Daily Beast report,” Walker’s campaign said in a statement late Wednesday.

Roger Sollenberger, the Daily Beast reporter who broke the stories – along with others earlier this year about the “secret” children Walker fathered with women who weren’t his ex-wife – said the media maintained its reports.

“I just want to point out that while Herschel Walker claims ‘there is no truth’ in ‘no’ Daily Beast report, he has literally confirmed *both* of my Daily Beast reports on his secret children” , Sollenberger said. in a series of posts on Twitter. “He confirmed the information himself and never asked for a correction… I mean, the campaign can just ask him to look at his bank statements and see for himself.”

Walker challenges Democratic Senator Raphael G. Warnock in one of the most watched Senate contests of the year. The outcome of the race, which polls show is competitive, should help determine which party will control the Senate over the next two years.

While running for the Senate, Walker has campaigned as a staunch opponent of abortion rights. He said he opposes abortion without exception and has expressed support for a proposal for a national ban about the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The latest Daily Beast reports have also prompted one of Walker’s children, who was previously supportive of his father, to publicly criticize Walker on social media.

On Monday evening, Christian Walker alleged in a video posted on Twitter that his father “threatened to kill us” and moved him and his mother six times in six months “fleeing your violence”.

“I don’t care about someone who has a bad past and takes responsibility”, Christian Walker tweeted. “But how DARE YOU LIE and act like you’re a ‘moral, Christian, righteous man.’ You have lived a life of DESTROYING the lives of others. How dare you.”

Annie Linskey and Cleve R. Wootson Jr. contributed to this report.

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