Herschel Walker doesn’t think the John Lewis Voting Rights Act ‘fits what John Lewis stood for’
In this screenshot from the RNC’ s livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention, former NFL athlete Herschel Walker addresses the virtual convention on Aug. 24, 2020. - Handout/Getty Images North America/TNS

Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker doesn't think the late Rep. John Lewis would be a fan of the voting rights legislation named in his honor.

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore and strengthen parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which the civil rights icon helped inspire with his activism, but Walker somehow believes the late Georgia congressman would oppose.

"What's sad about that, using the name of a great man to brand something so bad, I think is terrible to do," Walker said. "You Sen. Lewis was one of the greatest senators there's ever been and for African-Americans was absolutely incredible. I think then to throw his name on a bill for voting rights, I think, is a shame. First of all, when you look at the bill, it doesn’t fit what what John Lewis stood for, and I think that is sad for them to do this to him."

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Lewis never served in the U.S. Senate, and the senator Walker is running to replace, Sen. Rafael Warnock, is only the 11th Black senator and the first to come from Georgia.