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Some Republicans in Georgia are questioning the wisdom of running former NFL player Herschel Walker for U.S. Senate in Georgia following explosive reports the former NFL player paid his girlfriend for an abortion and threatened to murder his son, Christian Walker.
On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported on the Georgia Senate campaign under the headline, "GOP leaders rally behind Walker. But in Georgia, Republicans fret."
"National Republican leaders such as former president Donald Trump and Sen. Rick Scott (Fla.) on Tuesday rallied behind Herschel Walker, defending the party’s nominee for the U.S. Senate in Georgia after he denied a report that he paid for a girlfriend to get an abortion in 2009," the newspaper reported. "But Republican leaders and activists in Georgia expressed unease with Walker’s candidacy after his personal life was yet again under the spotlight in a crucial midterm battleground, voicing worries that they elevated a flawed candidate who could complicate efforts to win back the Senate."
Walker won the nomination with the support of Donald Trump, who endorsed the Heisman Trophy-winner last fall, moments after CNN reported on Walker's murder fantasies.
Seth Weathers, who was the state director for Donald Trump's 2016 campaign in Georgia, wished Republicans had nominated the state's agriculture commissioner.
“We could have had Gary Black,” he told The Post.
“I warned everyone I knew that this was a dumb idea,” he added.
His former boss is standing by the retired NFL star.
Trump argued Walker "is being slandered and maligned by the Fake News Media, and obviously, the Democrats."
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If former President Donald Trump is successful in a 2024 political comeback, his second term in the White House would be driven by spite, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Maggie Haberman explained on PBS Newshour.
Anchor Judy Woodruff reported, "a number of news reporters have tried and are still trying to understand former President Donald Trump and his influence on our nation's politics today. One who has undoubtedly spent more time covering him than any other is New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman, who has been covering Mr. Trump since the 1990's."
Haberman is the author of the new book, Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.
"You have said that he may have backed himself into a corner when it comes to whether he's going to run for president again," Woodruff said. "And for that reason, he may do it."
"But if he does, what do you think a second Donald Trump presidency, term, would look like?"
"I think, to quote someone who knew him years ago, who said this to me a couple of months back, a second Trump presidency would be very heavily driven by spite," Haberman replied.
"I don't believe that he learned how to be president more astutely, I don't think he figured the office out," Haberman explained. "But I do think he figured out personnel, which is often what he's focused on. And I think the people who he would put into key jobs would be very alarming to a number of people across Washington."
"I think that's what a second Trump presidency would look like," she said.
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Conservative activists are scrambling to defend GOP Senate nominee Herschel Walker after reports he paid for his girlfriend to have an abortion and threatened to kill his son Christian Walker.
"Republican groups are publicly vowing to spend huge money to help Walker overcome the late controversy. But Republicans are privately acknowledging the report, which Walker has vehemently denied, could be a death blow – and are trying to limit the damage to his campaign," CNN's Manu Raju reported. "Walker campaign manager Scott Paradise addressed staff on Tuesday morning, telling aides that the allegation that Walker had paid for an abortion was a setback this close to the election, according to a source familiar with the remarks."
Walker is challenging incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA).
"After initially agreeing to divulge to CNN where he was campaigning this week, his aides declined to answer questions or disclose anything about his schedule," CNN reported. "But CNN obtained a copy of an invite to a Tuesday event sponsored by 'Prayer Warriors for Herschel' at a Baptist church in Atlanta suburbs, where Walker refused to be interviewed by the media. CNN was not allowed to cover the event or stay in the parking lot."
CNN was told they could not question Walker by Christian conservative activist Ralph Reed, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition.
Reed said Walker reportedly paying for an abortion was “unlikely to resonate with voters in Georgia."
“This is a closed event. It’s a prayer event with faith leaders," Reed said.
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