Herschel Walker denies Trump ever said the election was ‘stolen’

GOP candidate Herschel Walker, who is currently running to represent Georgia in the US Senate, denied that former President Donald Trump ever claimed the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

After Trump’s defeat, he and his allies repeatedly claimed the election was stolen due to widespread voter fraud in key battleground states, despite all the evidence to support that theory. The matter has become a test of loyalty to the former president within the GOP, and candidates he has backed have largely emulated those claims.

But Walker, who received Trump’s support for his Senate campaign, said he has never claimed Trump’s election was stolen during an interview with Atlanta-based news network WAGA-TV this week.

News anchor Russ Spencer confronted Walker about the claims during an irritated exchange, noting the importance of a candidate embracing the claims in order to get the former president’s endorsement and asking Walker if he thought the election was stolen became.

Trump hasn't claimed a stolen election: Herschel Walker
Herschel Walker, a Republican candidate for the US Senate in Georgia, said he’s never heard former President Donald Trump claim the 2020 election was stolen. Above, Walker speaks at a Trump rally in Perry, Georgia on September 25, 2021.
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“I think reporters said that. I don’t know if President Trump said that. He never said that to me,” Walker replied, prompting Spencer to point out that Trump “said it over and over again. Please.”

Walker hit back: “I’m not saying the president — but everyone knows something happened in the election.” He then attempted to reverse the question, noting that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams did not back down in her 2018 election.

Spencer then noted that while Abrams hasn’t conceded, she hasn’t brought it up “regularly for a year and a half” like Trump has.

Walker said if he didn’t believe Trump’s claims, “he would disagree with him.”

“But in this particular case, I said, ‘Guys, there are people who are unhappy with the election. Do you know what happened? I think something happened. I don’t know what it was – but something happened because people are angry,” Walker said.

A Clip of the exchange was viewed more than 100,000 times on Twitter as of early Tuesday afternoon.

In fact, Trump has repeatedly claimed that he only lost the election due to voter fraud. Speaking at the American Freedom Tour in Austin, Texas in early May, he said he was writing a book about the alleged scam The crime of the century.

His allegations of voter fraud prompted pushes for audits in swing states that confirmed President Joe Biden’s victory, as well as the Jan. 6, 2021, violent rioting in the United States Capitol when a large group of Trump supporters attempted the Block Certification Electoral College Votes.

According to polls, Walker is likely to win the GOP nomination for the Senate race during Tuesday night’s primary. The latest Fox News poll showed he won 66 percent of the vote in the GOP primary.

The race will likely become one of the most closely watched races during the November midterm election as Georgia has emerged as a crucial swing state, narrowly won by Biden in 2020. Republicans, including Walker, are hoping to capitalize on Biden’s struggling poll numbers to defeat Democrat Raphael Warnock, who won the seat in a January 2021 runoff.

news week reached out to Walker’s campaign for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/herschel-walker-donald-trump-voter-fraud-claims-1709674 Herschel Walker denies Trump ever said the election was ‘stolen’

Rick Schindler

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