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Herschel Walker's son gloated over his election loss and blamed Donald Trump for his doomed candidacy.
The former NFL star's son Christian Walker, who had publicly backed his campaign before turning against him, posted a series of tweets after the Georgia runoff election was called in favor of Sen. Raphael Warnock saying his father should never have entered the race, reported The Daily Beast.
“Don’t beat women, hold guns to peoples heads, fund abortions then pretend you’re pro-life, stalk cheerleaders, leave your multiple minor children alone to chase more fame, lie, lie, lie, say stupid crap, and make a fool of your family,” Walker wrote. “And then maybe you can win a senate seat.”
Multiple women, including Christian's mother, came forward during the campaign to accuse Walker of serial lying and infidelity and physical and emotional abuse, as well as secret children and abortions.
“Republicans, we say we don’t play 'identity politics' and then you ran this man mainly because he was the same skin color as his opponent with no background other than football," his son wrote. "A boring old Republican could have won."
"The Truth: Trump called my dad for months DEMANDING that he run," he added. "Everyone with a brain begged him: ‘PLEASE DON’T DO THIS. This is too dirty, you have an insane past… PLEASE DONT DO THIS.’ We got the middle finger. He ran.”
The morning after another one of Donald Trump's high-profile hand-picked candidates lost -- this time in a Georgia run-off for a U.S. Senate seat -- a former adviser to the ex-president admitted the Republican Party can't handle any more losses by following Trump's lead because they are getting "slaughtered."
Sitting in on a "CNN This Morning" panel, GOP campaign adviser David Urban also said Trump and the Republican party's aversion to mail-in voting is a primary reason "we're getting our clocks cleaned."
Speaking with hosts Poppy Harlow and Don Lemon, Urban explained, "It was the president of the United States saying don't vote by mail, you can't trust it. Now Republicans are getting their clocks cleaned in early voting, right? We are getting destroyed by mail-in and early voting."
"Listen, as you guys know, when you vote by mail you can see the votes come in, if you vote incorrectly you can cure it, you can see who didn't turn out," he elaborated. "Democrats have built an incredible machine that can do this, who's come out, didn't come out. Republicans wait until election day to vote, so the former president got that completely wrong and we need to really focus on this."
Continuing in that vein he added, "John Avlon, the hour before this said as long as trump wraps up about 35% of the party, you can't look across that board and say we did well. Trump can't wake up this morning and say I did okay -- he lost everywhere; my home state in Pennsylvania, we got drubbed. So candidates matter, and candidate quality matters."
"America sorry you're waking up to this, but Donald Trump is still the dominant force in the Republican Party, this morning, tomorrow morning, and he's most likely the nominee and stands as a fact to be the next president again," he added. "Donald Trump stands a very good chance of being president of the United States despite the Walker loss, the senate candidates going down because they're the ride-or-die Trumpers with him until the end."
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Former German chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted there were failures in her policy towards Russia.
"We should have reacted more quickly to Russia's aggressiveness," Merkel said in an interview with the weekly newspaper Die Zeit that will be released on Thursday.
Merkel's comments referred to the Russian occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in 2014, when NATO states had agreed to spend 2% of their gross domestic product on defence.
"Germany has increased its NATO defence spending, but has still not reached the 2% target," Merkel said, "and even I did not make a fiery speech in favour of it every day."
The ex-chancellor said that she does not, however, regret her support for the construction of the German-Russian Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline.
A ban on the project would have "dangerously worsened" the relationship with Russia, Merkel said.
Moreover, she said, Germany's dependence on Russian gas was not solely a result of the joint pipeline project.
She said the over-reliance was primarily down to too little gas being supplied by Norway, Britain and the Netherlands.