Herschel Walker is flooding social media with memes after skipping second debate after police badge of honor stunt
US Senator Raphael Warnock criticized his Republican opponent Herschel Walker for skipping a debate on Sunday, October 16, weeks before the Georgia primary.
After months of being accused of dodging the debate phase, Walker faced the incumbent Democratic incumbent days earlier on Friday, October 14 in Savannah for a much-anticipated debate. However, the Republican refused to show up for a second round in Atlanta on Sunday.
Warnock and Libertarian candidate Chase Oliver discussed Walker’s absence, signaled by an empty podium at the Atlanta Press Club event. The Republican issued a statement ahead of the debate, calling it a “unilateral fraud.”
“Unfortunately for Georgia voters tonight, there will not be the fair and honest questioning that Georgians experienced during Friday night’s debate,” Walker said.
Walker claims Sunday’s debate was hosted by “Warnock’s liberal friends, many of whom have even donated, not only to his own campaign but to many of his closest political allies such as Joe Biden, Jon Ossoff and Mark Kelly.”
In his refusal to show up on Sunday, Walker also criticized Warnock for not directly answering questions about his voting record, neglecting crime and his church sending eviction notices to residents.
On Sunday, Walker used the Republican nominee’s absence as a pressure point, saying that “half of being a senator is showing up.”
The two black candidates have been fighting each other for a public debate since the summer. Walker finally said he would debate with the incumbent “anytime, any day,” but under the right circumstances, and indicated his disapproval of Sunday’s debate.
“I just want to do it for the fans, not through any political party or through any media, and all he does is talk,” Walker told Fox News host Brian Kilmead on July 27.
Warnock took a stab at the Republican’s past comment on Sunday, posting a photo of the empty lectern on Twitter with the caption, “Anytime, Anywhere, Right?”
“Herschel Walker didn’t show up for the Georgians last night,” Warnock said in another tweet on Sunday. “What makes us think he will appear in the Senate for Georgians?”
Warnock also taunted Walker for flashing a badge on Friday’s debate stage to back up his claims of prosecution status, which had been debunked in reports. One of the moderators of Friday’s debate called the badge a “prop” and scolded it for debate rules that prohibit the use of props. Memes of the moment are trending on Twitter.
Walker told NBC News Kristen Welker that it was a “legitimate badge” in an NBC News interview that aired Sunday.
“This is a badge that was given to me by a police officer and I have the badge that I carry with me at all times. It’s a real badge. It’s not a fake badge. It’s a real badge,” Walker said.
Walker said he received the badge of honor from the sheriff in his hometown of Johnson County, which allegedly empowers him to “co-operate with law enforcement.” He said he has completed training, leadership, and health and fitness programs.
However, Kristen Welker pointed out that the National Sheriffs Association said a badge of honor is “for the trophy case.”
“That’s absolutely not true,” Walker argued, adding that the reporter should call the officers who awarded him the badge and the county sheriffs who are supporting him.
Warnock used Walker’s stunt with the badge on Sunday to attack his track record.
“I will not be distracted by what Herschel Walker says about me. He doesn’t tell the truth about himself. He says he graduated from college. He did not do it. He said he was top of his class in his class. It wasn’t him. He said he started a company that doesn’t exist.”
He continued, “Yet when I said, ‘You posed as a police officer,’ he flashed a badge – as if that were proof that he really is a police officer. And now he wants us to think he’s a senator. I think the people of Georgia are wise and demanding. And they know that at the end of the day, I know who I work for. I work for them.”
Recent polls show Walker will average two point five points behind the incumbent in the Nov. 8 election. The hard-fought case could lead to a runoff election in December that the Senate majority could decide. The Senate is currently 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris having the casting vote.
https://atlantablackstar.com/2022/10/17/its-a-real-badge-herschel-walker-memes-flood-social-media-after-he-skips-second-debate-after-honorary-police-badge-stunt/ Herschel Walker is flooding social media with memes after skipping second debate after police badge of honor stunt