A politically offensive ad, nothing unusual about that in the US. The midterm elections are only a few months away, and in Georgia, the race for the US Senate seat is intense. Incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock is leading Republican candidate Herschel Walker endorsed by Donald Trump by about three points, according to several polls. as reported by Politico.
In an intense race like this, Georgians are expected to see an ad that begins with the voice-over asking “Do you think you know Herschel Walker?” Usually, after that kind of introduction, some musicals start playing and ads attack the opposing candidate for lies – many times money related – and maybe even the contributors. for the shady campaign.
This new Walker attack ad has nothing to do with questionable business dealings or campaign contributors with money in dirty places. Nor did it come from the Democratic Party. The ad comes from the Republican Accountability Project – a group that describes itself as “responsible for those trying to overturn the election.”
The ad begins with Walker running the ball for the Georgia Bulldogs when a voice asks if you think you know him. Then the dark music began to play as his ex-wife Cindy DeAngelis Grossman began to speak. It seems to be from an old interview of her describing a time when Walker allegedly drew a weapon on her and threatened to kill her.
If you know Walker, or at least about him, this isn’t new information. The couple divorced after 19 years of marriage in 2002. Grossman has said in the past that, later in their marriage, Walker drew a gun at her several times, and also put a knife to her neck and suffocated her.
Walker has said that he has no recollection of these events but also does not deny them, because he was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder. He said that sometimes he would lose power and have no idea what he was doing, and then Grossman or his therapist would have to tell him what happened. Those moments are when he temporarily becomes an aspect of his personality – a “change” – whether it’s sweet, violent, or anything in between. After being diagnosed, Grossman said he became violent towards her. Convenient.
In an interview with “Voice of Rural America,” Walker tried to defend himself against the ad and did very poorly – as he did. usually do .
“I’m glad they attacked my ex-wife,” Walker said in the interview. “This was done a long time ago. It was made to help people, because that ad just told people that I would continue to be a fighter. I will continue to fight for mental health. “
This is the actual answer to a question asked by someone on Walker’s side. The interviewer also mentioned “attacks” from “people who claim to be veterans.” Patriot Support is an organization Walker claims he founded to help care for veterans. According to one Associated Press investigation, Walker overstated his role in the organization. In addition, according to the investigation, the Patriotic Support Organization took advantage of veterans and defrauded the government.
Patriot Support is actually a for-profit organization that used to hire Walker as a spokesperson. Universal Health Service Begins Patriotic Support. The organization is believed to be one of the ways the company has tried to increase revenue by keeping veterans in inpatient mental health facilities longer than necessary. According to the AP investigation, UHS reached a $122 million settlement with the Justice Department and two dozen states. UHS denies any wrongdoing. Deadspin contacted Patriot Support for comment, but did not receive a response.
Yes, mental health is a serious problem in this country and more resources are needed to study it so that treatments can get better. Still, Walker winning over a candidate like Warnock wouldn’t be a mental health win.
Walker not only exaggerates his role in an alleged shady organization, he also said many times that he graduated in the top one percent of his class at UGA, even though he never graduated. Then he lie on his campaign trail, saying he never made that claim. He also has lie about being a cop, and also a class valedictorian in high school. Maybe he is delusional, manipulative, or even has bad intentions. I cannot diagnose the man.
But what I do know is that he is accused of abusing his ex-wife and threatening to kill her with a weapon in his hand, and he does not deny doing so. His explanation is that he suffered from a severe mental disorder that left him dismayed during the life-threatening moments described by his ex-wife and most recently he said that advertisements That attack statement from his own party was “made to help people”. He is also on the campaign trail in 2022 telling how untruths can be exposed quickly.
However, in 2022 in the US, he’s just three points behind in the polls.