Herschel Walker, the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, appears willing to accept political endorsements from anyone willing to back him in his neck-and-neck race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.
Controversial rapper Kanye West, who began to go by a simplification of his name, in 2021: Ye, endorsed Walker on Oct. 31 in an Instagram post. West has ignited fury over recent antisemitic comments and for handing out White Lives Matter t-shirts to homeless people in Los Angeles.
Speaking at what appears to be a campaign rally, Warnock noted that Walker received an endorsement from “someone who spews awful antisemetic words and who said that slavery is a choice.”
“Well, my momma told me that birds of a feather flock together,” Warnock, a Baptist preacher, said. “You know who he is by the company he keeps. Do you want somebody who will divide us or bring us together?”
Jewish leaders urged Republican candidates on Monday (Oct. 31) to denounce the wave of antisemitic comments from their associates or supporters, The Washington Post reported, noting that Walker had not publicly rejected West’s support after the rapper’s tropes about Jewish intimidation, power and control and tweeting that he would go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE.”
West, appearing on Piers Morgan’s talk show, shared that he is “sorry” for the people who were offended by his “death con” comment.
But according to the Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights organization that combats antisemitism, “Ye continues to double down on his antisemitic rhetoric.”
Ye has also faced backlash from several of his corporate business partners, including Adidas, that dropped the hip hop artist who also has a fashion design company.
Meanwhile, Warnock and Walker are in a statistical tie in their race that could determine which party controls the Senate. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution/UGA poll released on Oct. 21 found that each candidate had 45 percent of support each from likely voters along party lines.
Walker’s campaign faces other controversies, including two women who accused him of trying to coerce them into getting abortions in the past. Walker, a pro-life candidate, has said he opposes any exception to abortion bans.
His own son, Christian Walker, who has defended him in the past took to social media last month, blasting his father over his past relationship with his mother.