Herschel Walker falsely claimed to be in law enforcement too


Senate hopeful Herschel Walker said he graduated from the University of Georgia, but that wasn’t true. The Georgia Republican said he was valedictorian at his high school, but that wasn’t true. He said he was the founder of a charity for veterans, but that wasn’t true.

And as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, Walker also said he had law enforcement training, and that apparently wasn’t true either.

US Senate candidate Herschel Walker regularly praises police officers. But was Walker himself in law enforcement? In at least three speeches before he entered politics, Walker claimed he was, reports AJC’s Shannon McCaffrey.

In a speech, Walker told a US Army audience about an incident in 2001. “I worked in law enforcement, so I had a gun,” he claimed . In 2017, he specifically said, “I work with the Cobb County Police Department.”

There are reasons to believe otherwise. The Cobb County Police Department told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution it had no record of Walker working with the department. The Republican’s campaign said he was “an honorary deputy” – a point the Cobb Sheriff’s Office could not confirm – although a former DeKalb County prosecutor said the title had no no sense, even if it were true.

Being an “honorary deputy,” said a local prosecutor, is like having “a junior ranger badge.”

As recently as 2019, Walker also told an audience, “I spent time at Quantico at FBI training school. You didn’t know I was an agent? »

Walker was never an FBI agent. His campaign said he spent a week at an FBI school in Quantico, but a week doesn’t make an agent. (He couldn’t have been an agent anyway, since agents have to have college degrees, and Walker doesn’t, even though he claims otherwise.)

The only significant experience the Georgia Republican appears to have with law enforcement was a 2001 incident in which the former athlete “talked about having a shootout with the police.” Around the same time, Walker’s therapist called the police to say he was “volatile”, armed and scaring his ex-wife.

In politics, candidates sometimes inflate their resumes a bit, putting a positive spin on their experiences, but this is a qualitatively different dynamic: Walker has presented himself publicly as having a background that bears little resemblance to his real life.

Some might argue that these obvious inaccuracies aren’t nearly as important as the other qualities he brings to the US Senate race in Georgia. The problem, of course, is that Walker’s other qualities won’t help: As we’ve discussed, the Republican has pushed strange election conspiracy theories; he repeatedly struggled to talk about important issues; and voters also recently learned of allegations of domestic violence and other dangerous personal behavior from his past.

Republican primary voters in Georgia were obviously unmoved by any of this – Walker recently beat his next closest GOP primary rival by nearly 55 points – and polls suggest he will be a very competitive general election candidate against the senator. Raphael Warnock in the fall.

But that doesn’t make the scope of the candidate’s false claims any less extraordinary.


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