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They were together for five years and she experienced a lot of abuse. Speaking to Vaughn Hillyard, Cheryl Parsa explained that she came forward to the Daily Beast last week because she felt like there was fraud being perpetrated against the American people by Georgia Senate Candidate Herschel Walker.
In her first on-camera interview just 48 hours before the election, she explained that during their relationship, Walker
"I believe the deception now is on the American people," said Parsa. "And I have to say what I know. I have to tell the Herschel I know."
She isn't the only one to describe a violent relationship. Walker's ex-wife, Sidney Grossman, spoke out in 2008 about a moment he put a gun to her head and told her, "I'm going to blow your f*cking brains out."
"He said, 'You want to see a man? I'll show you a man,'" Parsa recalled, as Walker pressed his forehead against hers while she was against the wall. His saliva dripped all over her face as he spat at her because he was talking with such force. "He had his hand on my throat, my chest, and then he leaned back to throw a punch, and luckily I was able to avoid that. And the punch landed on the wall instead of me."
Georgia voters have not had a problem with an abusive man who came one trigger away from murder.
After initially supporting him, Walker's son, Christian, had a very public breakup in which he revealed that Walker had "threatened to kill us."
"I never really thought I would be in this situation today. Who would have ever thought he would be running for Senate? And I feel compelled to come forward," said Parsa. "But it was the women. It was for me because I had lived in silence for so long, carrying the shame of what I allowed."
Walker's former girlfriend does first television interview www.youtube.com
There was a significant moment of contrast at the small Herschel Walker bus stop rally on Sunday. While Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) were speaking, the former was cracking bad jokes about former President Barack Obama, who held a rally in Georgia for Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) over the weekend.
While stumping for Walker and trashing Obama, Kennedy rambled on until a voice from the audience shouted out that Obama is "the alter of the devil." Kennedy ignored it and went on.
It was a contrast to who the GOP was just 14 years ago when an anti-Obama town hall attendee called the man about to become the first Black president an "Arab."
At the time, the Associated Press called it a "reflection of [McCain's] thinking that partisans should disagree without demonizing each other." Things have changed a lot in the GOP since then.
Walker has never said whether or not he believes Obama is a citizen.
See the Kennedy comments and the audience member below or at the link here:
Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana and Herschel Walker supporter rage against Obama www.youtube.com
Attacker who opened fire on substations causing outage in NC county 'knew what they were doing': sheriff
The person or persons responsible for nearly countywide power outage in south-central North Carolina pulled a vehicle up to an electrical substation and opened fire on Saturday evening and then repeated the attack at a second substation, Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields told reporters at a press conference this afternoon.
Responding to a question from a reporter, the sheriff confirmed that the attack appears to be designed to inflict maximum impact on the county.
“The persons that done this — or the persons — knew what they were doing,” Fields said. “Absolutely.”
The sheriff discounted any possible role by Emily Grace Rainey, a former US Army psychological operations officer involved in protests against drag shows, — who posted on Facebook last night: “The power is out in Moore County, and I know why.”
In a previous Facebook post, Rainey had posted a photograph of the venue in Southern Pines hosting a “Downtown Divas” drag show, and wrote, “God will not be mocked.”
“There was an individual that put some information on Facebook that was false,” Sheriff Fields said. “Yes, we had to go interview this young lady and have a word of prayer with her.”
Rainey described the interview in a subsequent Facebook post, writing that she told investigators from the sheriff’s office “that God works in mysterious ways and is responsible for the outage.” She added: “I used the opportunity to tell them about the immoral drag show and the blasphemies screamed by its supporters. God is chastising Moore County.”
A former Army captain, Rainey was investigated by her command staff after organizing a bus trip to Donald Trump’s Jan. 6 rally at the Ellipse. In June 2021, Rainey announced on Facebook that she had resigned her commission from the Army.
After another reporter asked how the agency determined that Rainey’s post claiming knowledge of the motive for the attack was false, Sheriff Fields replied, “Good law enforcement,” and concluded the press conference.
Fields, who earlier characterized Moore County as “God’s country,” also downplayed opposition to the drag show as a possible motive for the attack.
“Is it possible? Yes, anything’s possible,” he said. “But we’ve not been able to tie anything back to the drag show.”
Fields said “every available officer” in the agency, including the criminal investigation division and patrol, are working to catch the perpetrator of the attack, while the FBI and State Bureau of Investigation are also working the investigation.
Fields said the attack caused millions of dollars of damage to Duke Energy.
“But what it’s done to the citizens, and what the citizens of Moore County, what we’re losing, they’re losing, and all of the businesses,” he added. “We’re just getting over the COVID, and now this, and what’s gonna hurt all of our restaurants and the businesses and stuff. It’s gonna hurt. The people of Moore County are strong, and we’ll get through it.”
Fields deflected a question about whether he would characterize the attack as “domestic terrorism,” saying, “I can’t answer that. We’re looking at all avenues. That’s why I’ve got the professionals, the federal folks — they deal with domestic terrorism, more so than locals. So, they’re on board and they’re working with us to determine who done this. I can say this: It was targeted; it wasn’t random.”
Jeff Brooks, a spokesperson for Duke Energy, said it could be Thursday before power is fully restored to the county.
“During our investigation of the outage, we did determine that there had been intentional impact on the substation, damaging multiple pieces of equipment in the substation and causing power to go out there,” Brooks said. “Unlike perhaps a storm, where you can go in and reroute power somewhere else, that was not an option in this case, so repair has to be completed. In many cases, some of that equipment will have to be replaced.”
The county has issued a state of emergency, imposing a curfew from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the superintendent of Moore County Schools announced that school will be closed for all students and staff on Monday, with a day-by-day determination before they reopen.
While explaining that the outage will require “a pretty sophisticated repair with some fairly large equipment,” Brooks said, “We understand it is December. The nights get cold and being without power is very challenging at times.”