Herschel Walker responded to recent reports concerning his children during an appearance in Nashville Saturday.
Walker, the Republican nominee for the US Senate in Georgia, is running to unseat current Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.
Walker, a former football star, gained national attention in recent months for a variety of reasons, most recently with the revelation that he has children he reportedly never mentioned publicly.
On the last day of the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s second annual Road to the Majority conference in Nashville, Walker took the stage and was welcomed with a standing ovation by the conservative, Christian audience.
When asked by the coalition’s Ralph Reed to respond to the recent reports “Democrats and media,” Walker claimed “they knew the truth.”
“I’ve never denied any of my kids,” Walker said.
“I’m tired of people misleading the American people. I’m tired of people misleading my family. … (The media) saw the truth, knew the truth, and they still wrote the article.”
The Daily Beast reported this week that Walker has a 10-year-old son after finding a 2014 court filing concerning his ex-wife. A day later, the outlet revealed Walker also had another 13-year-old son and an adult daughter. The news has since drawn attention to the Senate candidate’s criticism of absentee fathers and calls for fellow Black fathers to be active in their children’s lives.
Walker’s son Christian Walker has gained a social media following of over 490,000 people on Instagram. However, the existence of his other three children — now confirmed by his campaign — was not something he’d mentioned before.
“Herschel had a child years ago when he wasn’t married. He’s supported the child and continues to do so,” Walker campaign manager Scott Paradise said in a statement Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. “He’s proud of his children. To suggest that Herschel is ‘hiding’ the child because he hasn’t politically used him in his campaign is offensive and absurd.”
Walker, who has no previous political experience, has also come under scrutiny throughout his run for other false claims about his past. He is endorsed by former president Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Anika Exum is a reporter for The Tennessean, part of the USA TODAY Network — Tennessee. Reach her at email@example.com.