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Even More “Demonstrably False Claims” From Herschel Walker

A new report from the Daily Beast identifies yet another way that Georgia Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker has dramatically exaggerated his business record: by claiming to own companies that seemingly don’t exist and establishing “a parallel record of demonstrably false claims, many of which appear to bear no resemblance to reality whatsoever.

Via the Daily Beast:

  • Walker claimed to own the country’s largest minority-owned apparel company, but the “business doesn’t appear to exist.”
  • Walker says one of his “top qualifications for the Senate” is that he “started a company that became the largest minority-owned food company in the United States.” In reality, “100 companies dwarf Renaissance Man” and the business “isn’t even the largest Black-owned food company in Georgia.”
  • Walker has also asserted that his food company’s annual revenue is between $70 million and $80 million, but the Daily Beast “obtained a deposition in federal court from 2019, where Walker pegged the combined net earnings of three related entities” at “an annual average of about $1.5 million.” 
  • “Renaissance Man Food reported eight employees on those documents—nowhere near the 600 he told Fox Business in 2018.”

A Twitter thread from the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Greg Bluestein highlights that this is far from the first time Walker has been caught lying in recent months.

Since announcing his candidacy, Walker has embellished his academic achievements, exaggerated his role in the Trump administration, and repeatedly made false claims about his business record — this new Daily Beast report highlights just the latest example. 

This isn’t even Walker’s first business-related scandal this week: On Monday, Georgia Public Broadcasting reported that Walker has failed to disclose the identity of “consulting” clients that have paid him thousands of dollars — underscoring the need for Walker to disclose who’s been paying him to “help voters spot potential conflicts of interests.” 

Read the full Daily Beast report here.