Earlier this month, University of Georgia Heisman trophy winner-turned politician Herschel Walker won the GOP primary to advance to run as a Republican for the U.S. Senate seat in Georgia. Walker avoided all debates and political forums where he would have been questioned about his conservative positions but he still won. His victory has been attributed to the support of former president Donald Trump. Now Walker says he is “mad” at Trump for “taking credit.”
In an interview with rapper Killer Mike, the conservative who has courted several far-right wing positions, including one in which he opposes abortion under any circumstance, said Trump never asked him to run, "One thing that people don't know is is President Trump never asked me. I need to tell him that he never asked. I heard it all on television that he's going to ask Herschel, saying Herschel is going to run."
He continued, "President Trump never came out and [said], 'Herschel, will you run for that Senate seat?' So, I'm mad at him because he never asked but he's taking credit that he asked."
Walker also claimed he was inspired by faith, "I prayed about it and to be honest with you, I was praying that God would bring somebody else because I'm happy. My life is doing well."
In November, Walker will face incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock. The historic race, in which two Black candidates vie for a U.S. Senate seat will also be a critical contest that could determine control of Congress. The Senate is evenly split, and Vice President Kamala Harris acts as a tiebreaker vote as needed. In a poll conducted in April by WXIA, Warnock was five percent ahead of Walker.