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Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker says he’ll be suing The Daily Beast for its bombshell story Monday night detailing Walker’s alleged payment to an ex-girlfriend for an abortion in 2009. Roger Sollenberger’s reporting includes a receipt from the clinic, the image of a $700 personal check from Walker and a card that the check came in and conversations with the woman’s friend who cared for her after the procedure.
Walker has backed a national 15-week ban on abortion, proposed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and has said repeatedly that he doesn’t see any recent for exceptions to an abortion ban, including in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is at stake.
The mess got messier when first, Walker’s TikTok-famous son weighed in on Twitter, lambasting his father. And then Walker himself went on Hannity to deny the Beast’s story.
“I never asked anyone to get an abortion. I never paid for an abortion, and it’s a lie,” he said on Hannity. Asked about the check, Walker said, “I send money to a lot of people.”
Why this might not matter: We’ve seen this before. Sure, some anti-abortion politicians who encourage their own partners to get abortions end up flaming out when the news breaks. But there are also survivors. During the 2012 general election, documents made public from Tennessee Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ 2001 divorce proceedings revealed that the anti-abortion physician encouraged his then-wife and a mistress (who was also a patient) to have abortions. He won reelection that year, and is still in Congress today.