Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker has cast doubt on the theory of evolution in recent remarks, saying the fact that apes and humans co-exist refutes accepted science.
“There was a time when science said man came from apes, didn’t it? … If that’s true, why are there still monkeys? Think about it,” Herschel said during an appearance at Sugar Hill Church in Georgia on Sunday.
“Now you’re getting too smart for us, Herschel,” senior pastor Chuck Allen replied.
Walker is currently the favorite in the GOP contest to challenge Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) in November. He’s a former NFL star who has the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, and he’s candid about his Christian faith.
Walker isn’t the first GOP candidate to run for office changing questions.
Humans didn’t evolve from the apes you see at the zoo. On the contrary, humans and apes have a common (and now extinct) ancestor who lived around 10 million years ago. Technically, all humans are apes, but that doesn’t mean chimpanzees are one step away from becoming humans. Walker’s summary of evolution is incorrect, and there is nothing inconsistent with humans coexisting with other apes.
Nor are evolution and Christianity necessarily at odds, and a number of prominent Christians have said that it is possible to believe in both God and the science of evolution.
The Walker campaign did not respond to a request for additional comment.
Walker further dismissed scientific progress, saying that science “can’t do” the “conception of a baby”.
“They always try to do it, but they can’t, because there has to be a God,” he said.
Science has, of course, made remarkable strides over the years to help people who are trying to conceive, with methods like in vitro fertilization.
Walker remains the race favorite despite allegations of domestic abuse.
In their divorce proceedings, his ex-wife alleged that he exhibited “physically violent and threatening behavior” during their marriage. In one instance, she said, he pointed a gun to his head and said, “I’m going to blow your brains out.”
Two other women also claimed that Walker threatened them.
In a December interview with Axios, Walker said he struggled with mental health issues and was “responsible” for his past actions, without going into detail about his behavior towards his ex-wife.