Herschel Walker scolded for flashing 'prop' police badge at Georgia Senate debate
Composite image of Herschel Walker at Georgia Senate debate / screengrabs.

After Friday's debate with Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, Herschel Walker can now relate to what it felt like when I was ridiculed by my entire fifth-grade class after bringing my great grandmother's onyx ring to school and telling everyone that I was a witch and the ring was, somehow, proof.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

Mid-way through their one and only debate before November's midterm elections, which took place in Savannah, Walker produced what many are calling a "fake" or "toy" police badge from where it was kept inside his blazer. Wielding the badge, Walker was met with both laughter from the debate's attendees, and a tongue lashing from the moderator.

"One thing I have not done, I've never pretended to be a police officer," said Warnock during the debate. "And I've never threatened a shoot-out with the police."

That comment made by Warnock was in reference to a 2001 incident in Irving, Texas where police received a call from Walker's therapist alerting them to the fact that Walker was "armed and scaring his estranged wife at the suburban Dallas home they no longer shared," according to Huffington Post. When police arrived at the scene they reportedly ordered Walker out of the home and stated that he'd made comments about "having a shoot-out." Walker's wife filed for divorce months later.

"I have to respond to that," Walker said during Friday's debate, reaching into his coat to pull out his prop. "You know what's so funny? "I am work with many police officers [sic]."

At this point the moderator intervened to remind Walker that the use of props is against the rules at debates.

"Excuse me, Mr. Walker," the moderator said. "Please, out of respect, I need to let you know . . . you are very well aware of the rules tonight; and you have a prop. That is not allowed sir. I ask you to put that prop away."

"It's not a prop," Walker said. "This is real."

"Holy s**t. Senator Warnock pointed out that Herschel Walker lied about being a police officer and Walker pulled out an "honorary deputy badge" on stage, insisting he is a cop. Walker is not well," Tweeted political podcaster Brian Tyler Cohen.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Walker has made several previous claims about being in law enforcement and that "he majored in criminal justice during his time at the University of Georgia and was an honorary deputy in Cobb County along with three other Georgia counties." The Cobb County Police Department state, per AJC's reporting, they have no record of involvement with Walker.

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