Georgia GOP Senate nominee Hershel Walker can take the political heat, but he can’t take opponents attacking his children.
On Tuesday, The Daily Beast reported that Walker fathered a son 10 years ago and was ordered by a court to provide child support.
On Thursday, the same outlet reported that Walker had another son who was not widely known. For his part, Walker denied that categorization.
“I have four children. Three sons and a daughter. They’re not ‘undisclosed’ — they’re my kids,” Walker told The Daily Wire.
“I support them all and love them all,” he added. “I’ve never denied my children, I confirmed this when I was appointed to the President’s Council on Sports Fitness and Nutrition, I just chose not to use them as props to win a political campaign.
“What parent would want their child involved in garbage, gutter politics like this?” the former NFL great and Heisman Trophy winner added.
The outlet added:
Walker served on the Fitness Council under presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden. In March 2022, Biden asked Walker to resign. The candidate said at the time that Biden was simply trying to throw him “off track” during his GOP Senate primary campaign.
The former University of Georgia football star has long spoken out against absent dads, especially in the black community.
“If you have a child with a woman, even if you have to leave that woman — even if you have to leave that woman — you don’t leave your child,” Walker said in 2020.
His campaign manager, Doug Paradise, pushed back on the Daily Beast claim that Walker was hiding his kids.
“Herschel had a child years ago when he wasn’t married. He’s supported the child and continues to do so,” Paradise said on Tuesday, according to CNBC.
“He’s proud of his children. To suggest that Herschel is ‘hiding’ the child because he hasn’t used him in his political campaign is offensive and absurd.”
The financial news outlet reported that Paradise mentioned that Walker’s Democratic opponent, Sen. Raphael Warnock, has his own familial issues. He is currently involved in a custody battle and has worked to seal that case from the public.
Paradise noted that media coverage of Warnock’s situation has been “a complete double standard.”
“He’s dodged voters by sealing the case and even has tried to dodge authorities,” Paradise said of Warnock, according to CNBC.
Walker, meanwhile, said leave his kids out of things.
“Saying I hide my children because I don’t discuss them with reporters to win a campaign? That’s outrageous,” Walker added in his statement. “I can take the heat, that’s politics — but leave my kids alone.”