As the Georgia runoff approaches, President Joe Biden and his predecessors have a lot to say about former NFL running back and Trump-backed candidate Herschel Walker before he faces Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock on Tuesday.
“This is not a referendum on Warnock. This is a choice. A choice between two men. One man who does not deserve to be in the United States Senate based on his veracity and what he said and what he hadn’t said,” Biden said on Friday at a International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) fundraiser in Boston. He added, “The other man is really truly decent, honorable guy.”
On Thursday at a rally in the Peach State, former President Barack Obama made fun of Walker’s strange comments last week regarding vampires and werewolves: “Since the last time I was here, Mr. Walker has been talking about issues of great importance to the people of Georgia, like whether it’s better to be a vampire or a werewolf. This is a debate that I must confess I once had myself—when I was 7.”
“This would be funny if he wasn’t running for Senate,” Obama said, adding, “As far as I’m concerned, he can be anything he wants to be besides a United States senator.”
As Democratic presidents, present and past, lambast Walker, former President Donald Trump hasn’t been recently involved in the campaign for his own endorsed candidate—per requests from fellow Republicans, according to Rolling Stone. Since the midterms, the GOP seems to be keeping a distance from Trump.
“I think he’d be more effective if he did it by phone,” said Newt Gingrich, a Georgia Republican himself, suggesting Trump send out automated calls to Republican voters.
This sentiment was echoed among those even closer to Walker’s campaign. Stephen Lawson, a Republican strategist working on the pro-Walker super PAC said: “I can tell you, based on the numbers we’re seeing, it would be far more advantageous to have Brian Kemp on stage with Herschel Walker” than Trump.
According to Politico, a person close to Walker’s campaign said that neither Trump nor Walker’s campaign seem to want Trump in Georgia. “We’re just trying to not rock the boat with any and all sides,” said the source. “We’re holding together a fragile coalition.”
Trump is probably not helping his case with his recent claims and decisions. Not only did he dine with antisemites last week, but he called to terminate the U.S. Constitution on Truth Social, once again citing 2020 election fraud claims. He wrote, “A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution.” Trump’s claims came in the wake of “Twitter Files,” which allegedly documented how Twitter employees deliberated restricting the story surrounding Hunter Biden‘s laptop.