The Herschel Walker Nightmare Is Almost Over

I have faith that Raphael Warnock will defeat the man proven to be unqualified for the roles of senator, father, and decent person.

Photo: @HerschelWalker/Twitter

In a recent campaign speech — if you can call it that — Herschel Walker revealed to his supporters: “I don’t want to be a vampire any more. I want to be a werewolf.”

Walker, who noticeably struggles to form coherent sentences about most things but especially the political stuff, said he recently watched the film “Fright Night, Freak Night, or some type of night” and it got him to thinking.

“I don’t know if you know, but vampires are some cool people, are they not? But let me tell you something that I found out: a werewolf can kill a vampire. Did you know that? I never knew that.”

In a new campaign ad for Senator Raphael Warnock, voters react to recent campaign remarks from his Republican challenger like these.

The ad is impressive in its execution though no one has done a better job of making Herschel Walker look unqualified for the U.S. Senate than Herschel Walker.

Warnock does not say anything in the ad besides approving its message, but at a recent campaign event, he had this to say about him:

“My opponent lies about everything. He said he was a police officer. He’s not. He said he worked for the FBI. He did not. Said he graduated from the University of Georgia. He did not. Said he was valedictorian of his class. He was not. … He said he had another business with 800 employees. It has eight.”

Yes, and then there are the allegations of being both an abusive man and a deadbeat dad.

In spite of Walker suggesting that Warnock was a negligent father — a comment Warnock told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution “crossed a line” — it’s been Walker that’s been forced to publicly acknowledge three kids he previously never acknowledged once the press exposed him.

Meanwhile, after one of his children, conservative troll and performance artist (?) Christian Walker, alleged that he was abusive and threatening to him and his mom, Herschel reportedly responded at some point with the quip, “I’ve got to get back to him and spank him.”

Walker’s cavalier attitude is also reflected in his years-long defense of other professional male athletes accused of beating up women.

In a roundup from Mother Jones, I learned that shortly before O.J. Simpson was released from prison in 2017 over a 2008 conviction for armed robbery, Walker told TMZ, “I think he’s paid his dues… I’d like to see him do something productive.”

And by that he meant for him to “mentor some of these young kids that are coming up in this athletic world, to realize that life is more than sports.”

If Walker releases any additional ads themed around the crazed and disturbing things Herschel Walker says out loud, he should add that one in the next edit.

For a while there, I worried that no matter what Herschel Walker says or does, he would still become a U.S. Senator.

There are now promising signs that will not be the case.

Per NBC News, from October 20th through November 16th, Warnock’s campaign raised $52.2 million for his re-election bid.

Additionally, not only has Warnock tried to put greater emphasis on Walker’s faults as a candidate, he’s also worked to create more opportunity for his supporters and other Walker skeptics to take action where it matters most.

Warnock, along with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the state Democratic Party, successfully sued the state of Georgia in order to hold an extra day of early voting. Their efforts resulted in over 180,000 voters casting ballots over the weekend — including some 70,000 on Saturday, the extra day spawned by their litigation. That voter excitement has spilled over to Monday as noted by Georgia Secretary of State Gabriel Sterling.

In a tweet, Sterling wrote, “As of 12:30 we are seeing monster Early Vote turnout. We hit 124,007 then. This is on a pace for record single early vote day turnout ever.”

Thanks to Donald Trump’s demonization of early voting, these are likely majorly voters doing their part to prevent a dingbat from taking a job he can’t handle.

For a while there, I had reason to worry that in spite of it all, Herschel Walker might pull through.

I know it is impolite to call someone stupid, but the man is dumb and I have not totally evolved from engaging in ad hominem attacks on horrible men. Forgive me.

There are a lot of stupid people serving in the Senate, but only three of them are Black and none of them should be replaced with a man as dumb and terrible as Herschel Walker has repeatedly proven himself to be.

In spite of the coverage surrounding whether or not Donald Trump would campaign in Georgia for Walker in the final days (no), I never thought it mattered. What mattered was whether or not enough voters would think so lowly of Black men as Trump does that they shared the view that Raphael Warnock could be replaced with an unqualified fool that used to be great at football.

As lowly as I often think of the electorate generally, in this case, I have increasing faith that I won’t be disappointed with the outcome here.

Embarrassing and frustrating as it’s been to watch Herschel Walker’s senatorial campaign, the nightmare is almost over.

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Michael Arceneaux

New York Times bestselling author of “I Can’t Date Jesus” and “I Don’t Want To Die Poor.” Houstonian.