Republican Senate nominee Herschelle Walker has confirmed they do in fact have four children, following revelations that the absent father critic has a 10-year-old son, with whom he reportedly has limited contact.
The Daily Beast first reported on Thursday that in addition to the 10-year-old, the ambitious Georgia senator has a 13-year-old son as well as an adult daughter, who he had in his 20s. He also has a 22-year-old son whom he has publicly disclosed before.
This brings her total, publicly reported children, to four.
“I have four children. Three sons and a daughter. They are not ‘unknown’ – they are my children. I support and love them all,” Walker said in a statement to HuffPost on Thursday .
The former football star, who has received the backing of former President Donald Trump, said he has never ruled out having four children, despite conflicting comments made by his campaign on Wednesday.
Walker said he reported four children to the federal government when Trump was appointed to the President’s Council on Sports Health and Nutrition in 2018. He reportedly shared a copy of the form he filled out for this appointment with the Daily Beast, which listed the names. and the age of the four children.
Walker said in her statement to HuffPost that she “choose not to use him as props to win a political campaign. Who would want their child to engage in garbage, gutter politics like this?”
“Saying I hide my kids because I don’t discuss them with journalists to win a campaign? It’s disrespectful. I can bear the heat, it’s politics – but leave my kids alone,” They said.
Walker’s campaign has so far made no prior mention of these children. In a statement Wednesday to HuffPost, his campaign manager, Scott Paradise, said he had a child when he was single.
“Herschl had a child many years ago, when he was not married,” the statement said. “He has supported the child and continues to do so. He is proud of his children. To suggest that Herschel is ‘hiding’ the child because he has not used it in his political campaign is offensive and absurd. .
The news of Walker’s addition to children is notable because he has been a public critic of raising children in orphanages.
The Daily Beast reported Tuesday that the mother of her 10-year-old son had to sue Walker after she gave birth to secure a declaration of paternity and child support from a former NFL player.
The Daily Beast, citing a person close to the child’s family, reported that he has not played an active parenting role in this young son’s life, although he does send him Christmas and birthday presents.
In a 2020 interview with conservative activist Charlie Kirk, Walker called orphan homes a “big, big problem” in black communities and described himself as acting “like a father” to orphans in a Georgia town , where they grew up.
“Remember, you can leave your wife, but you can’t leave your child,” he said, advising young men he meets.
In another 2020 interview with conservative video bloggers Diamond & Silk, Walker denounced black fathers who leave boys to be raised by their mothers. He compared it to a time when black families were torn apart during slavery.
“Even if you have to leave that woman – you don’t leave that child,” he said.