The son of Republican Georgia senate candidate Herschel Walker accused his father of lying, and abusive behavior after a report said he paid for a woman to have an abortion despite his public pro-life stance.
Herschel Walker, a former NFL star who former president Donald Trump has endorsed, has taken a stringently anti-abortion stance on the campaign trail, opposing the procedure even in cases of rape or incest.
The Daily Beast reported on Monday that he urged a woman he was dating in 2009 to get an abortion and that he reimbursed her for it when she had the procedure.
Walker denied that this happened and said he would sue the Daily Beast for “this defamatory lie.”
Shortly after the news broke, Christian Walker, the candidate’s 23-year-old son with ex-wife Cindy DeAngelis Grossman, accused his father of being a liar.
“I know my mom, and I would really appreciate if my father Herschel Walker stopped lying and making a mockery of us,” Christian Walker tweeted.
“You’re not a ‘family man when you left us to bang a bunch of women, threatened to kill us, and had us move over 6 times in 6 months running from your violence.”
He continued: “I don’t care about someone who has a bad past and takes accountability. But how DARE YOU LIE and act as though you’re some ‘moral, Christian, upright man.’ You’ve lived a life of DESTROYING other peoples lives. How dare you.”
He also tweeted: “Every family member of Herschel Walker asked him not to run for office because we all knew (some of) his past. Every single one. He decided to give us the middle finger and air out all of his dirty laundry in public, while simultaneously lying about it. I’m done.”
Herschel Walker tweeted in response: “I LOVE my son no matter what.”
As corroboration for its report, the Beast published a receipt from a clinic for the abortion, a get-well card from Walker to the woman (whom it did not name) and a check Walker wrote to her.
It also said it spoke to a friend of the woman, who said the woman told her about Walker’s contribution at the time.
Walker in a statement said the article was “slander,” “defamatory” and “disgusting, gutter politics,” and accused it of being a political hit job.
In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday, he denied the check was paid to the woman to reimburse her for the abortion, claiming he sends money “to a lot of people”
He is currently locked in a tight battle with Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock the incumbent, for the senate seat in Georgia, a crucial contest in deciding whether Democrats will retain control of the Senate after the November 8 midterm elections.