Senate

Yet Another Herschel Walker Lie

A new report from CNN exposes that Georgia Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker “has been overstating his academic achievements for years,” repeatedly lying that he graduated from University of Georgia at the top 1% of his class — which is “not true” — and even saying that he was valedictorian of his high school class, which is likewise untrue.

“From exaggerating his business record to lying about his role in the Trump administration, Herschel Walker has repeatedly made claims that are untrue and dishonest,” said American Bridge 21st Century spokesperson Aidan Johnson. “Sooner or later, Walker will have to start doing public interviews and events in Georgia and explain to voters why he’s repeatedly looked them in the eye and said things that simply aren’t true. Georgia deserves better.”  

CNN: GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker has been overstating his academic achievements for years

By Andrew Kaczynski and Em Steck | April 01, 2022

Key points:

  • “For years, Herschel Walker has told the same inspiring story: that he graduated in the top 1% of his class at the University of Georgia. He’s told the story, according to a review of his speeches by CNN’s KFile, during motivational speeches over the years and as recently as 2017. The only problem: it’s not true.”
  • “[A] CNN KFile review found that Walker himself has been repeating the claim for years. Walker’s comments in 2017, and others made over the years, show the former football star repeatedly misrepresented his academic credentials.”
  • “The Walker campaign did not provide proof of Walker’s claims when asked by CNN…”
  • “The campaign also did not provide an explanation for why it removed the claim that Walker was valedictorian from his website. When repeatedly asked if the campaign stood by the since-removed claim from his website, the Walker’s campaign manager Scott Paradise sent the same statement three times in a row which did not address KFile’s questions.”

Read the full report here from CNN.

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