Herschel Walker cites Bible verse to dismiss domestic violence question

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Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker of Georgia cited a Bible verse when he was recently asked about past domestic abuse allegations.

Walker, a Republican backed by former President Donald Trump, was interviewed by an Atlanta-based magazine Deployment on domestic violence allegations that occurred between 2001 and 2008. He never answered the question and instead attacked his opponent, incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock.

“You know, the one who, without sin, cast the first stone”, Walker said, quoting Jesus in John 8:7. “Does my opponent believe in the redemption of being a pastor? That’s what’s so funny.

“And I’m saying that because I’m not going to get into what happened with him in his past. I want him to do – what’s going on with his politics. He’s talking about something that I did left more than 15 years ago, maybe even longer.”

The allegations were originally raised during Walker’s primary race against Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black in a March 16 campaign ad posted online, PolitiFact reported. It included claims based on police reports and court records from 2001 to 2008 involving Walker’s ex-wife, Cynthia Grossman. They were married from 1983 to 2002.

The ad accused Walker of having “a history of physically abusive and extremely threatening behavior” towards Grossman, going so far as to allegedly threaten to kill her.

Herschel Walker, Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Georgia, speaks to the media at a campaign event September 9 in Gwinnett, Georgia. A new interview shows Walker deflecting a question about past domestic abuse allegations.
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In his book To liberate oneselfreleased in 2008, Walker revealed that he has a mental illness called dissociative identity disorder.

Grossman told CNN when the book was released that her ex-husband “put a gun to her head multiple times” and “threatened her with knives as well.” She said her eyes would get “bad.”

“I remember getting chills when he looked at me,” she said.

In a 2008 ABC News interview, Grossman said Walker pointed a gun to his head and said, “I’m going to blow your brains out.”

Walker claimed to have no recollection of it, according to the interview transcript.

In September 2021, the Republican Accountability Project, made up of Republicans and conservatives who publicly challenge extremist candidates, posted an audio chat between Walker and Howard Stern in which the former University of Georgia soccer star said he used to play Russian roulette alone.

“I’ve done it over six times,” Walker told Stern, “and that’s when I came through this competition that I love competition so much.”

When asked by Stern if he understood how “crazy” it was to do this, Walker replied that he never realized it.

“I thought it was the ultimate competitive game,” added Walker.

Earlier this month, Walker posted a campaign attack ad claiming Warnock was ‘hitting his wife with his car’, was ‘accused of neglecting his young children’ and was ‘running from the bailiff’ who was trying to serve him with court documents.

Warnock’s ex-wife Ouleye Ndoye is mentioned in the ad.

PolitiFact reported that there is no evidence Warnock stepped on his ex-wife’s foot.

The Walker campaign’s neglect charges stem from a complaint filed by Ndoye regarding Warnock’s time spent with his children, under a custody agreement.

Ndoye alleged that Warnock did not follow a “parental timetable” set in their divorce, PolitiFact reported. It was also alleged that she was not reimbursed by Warnock for childcare costs when the children were supposed to be with him.

A judge issued a temporary child custody and support order on August 19 following mediation, with details sealed.

Georgia Child Protective Services defines child abuse or neglect as an injury inflicted on a child under the age of 18 by a parent, guardian, or guardian; and their inability to ensure that children are properly housed, clothed, fed and supervised.

According to PolitiFact, Warnock drove away when he was served papers.

Georgia polls remain close, although earlier this month Walker took a one-minute lead with less than two months until the midpoints.

Newsweek contacted the Walker campaign for comment. The Warnock campaign declined to comment.

Update 9/28/22, 9:50 PM ET: This story has been updated with additional context regarding Warnock’s legal issue with his ex-wife.

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