There are 50 states in the United States of America.
But in an interview Tuesday, Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker said there were 52.
Walker targeted Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor, for recently saying, “I’m tired of hearing about [Georgia] be the best state in the country to do business when we are the worst state in the country to live in“.
Abrams cited the state’s problems with mental health treatment, maternal mortality, incarceration rates, and wages. Republicans have picked up on the remark and used it to criticize her, although Abrams said she sticks to her belief that Republican Brian Kemp is “a failed governor who doesn’t care about the people of Georgia.”
Walker said in an interview with the Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show Tuesday that Abrams should live out of state, saying she has 51 other choices.
“If you don’t believe in the country, leave and go somewhere else,” he said. “If this is the worst condition, why are you here? Why don’t you leave – go to someone else? Are there 51 other states you can go to?
“Herschel misspoke – he obviously knows there are 50 states,” spokeswoman Mallory Blount told HuffPost.
Walker is a former NFL star whose campaign has been filled with controversy and distortion.
He has faced allegations of domestic violence and, more recently, allegations of missing a father. Walker often spoke of his 22-year-old son Christian and spoke out against fatherless families. But The Daily Beast reported that Walker actually has three other children, whom he doesn’t talk about publicly. He has since acknowledged his four children, saying he has “never turned down any of my children.”
Walker also said that he is skeptical of evolution, pointing to the fact that apes and humans coexist.
“At one time, science claimed that man descended from a monkey, didn’t it? … If this is true, then why do monkeys still exist? Think about it,” Walker said in March.
After the massacre in Uvalde, Texas, Walker urged “Department who can look at young men who look at women who look on social media” as a solution to curb school shootings, but it was not clear what it was or how it would solve the problem.