Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) has been lambasted on social media for his bizarre defense of Herschel Walker, the former soccer star and Republican candidate against Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Georgia).
Speaking on Fox News, Gingrich hailed Walker as “the nation’s most important Senate candidate” because of his “deep commitment to Christ.” The praise was offered despite Walker’s history of violence and domestic violence and new accusations that the supposedly “pro-life” contestant paid for an abortion for a then-girlfriend in 2009.
Gingrich’s claim also ignored something else: Warnock is a senior pastor at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Media Matters cut the comments:
Earlier this week, one of Walker’s sons, conservative influencer Christian Walker, publicly spoke out against him.
“You are not a ‘family man’ when you left us to hit a group of women, threatened to kill us, and made us move house 6 times in 6 months because of your violence”, Christian Walker wrote on Twitter.
Despite this, Gingrich called Walker a “remarkable person” and praised his confidence. For some reason, Gingrich also brought up Walker’s health.
“He’s been through a long and difficult time,” Gingrich said. “He had a lot of concussions coming out of football, he suffered from PTSD.”
Gingrich’s critics fired back on Twitter: