“Right now, you know what, I’m gonna say something I probably shouldn’t. Do you know right now, I have something that can bring you into a building that would clean you from Covid as you walk through this dry mist. As you walk through the door, it will kill any Covid on your body. When you leave, it will kill the virus as you leave. This here product — they don’t want to talk about that. They don’t want to hear about that.”
Near the end of the commercial, this text appears onscreen: “Is Herschel Walker really ready to represent Georgia?”
The new Warnock ad serves as a stark reminder of how incredibly untested Walker is — and what a massive gamble the former football star represents for Republicans in what is widely expected to be one of the closest and most expensive Senate races in the country this fall.
Walker has never before run for elected office. He hadn’t lived in Georgia for years before launching his bid for Senate last year.
Walker has been open about his diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder — a condition where a person has two or more separate personalities — and the struggles it has caused him, including writing a book about his experiences.
(At the time of CNN’s report, a spokeswoman for Walker declined to respond to the allegations or police report, citing his past struggles with mental health and saying that he was unfairly being targeted as a Republican Senate candidate. Walker’s spokeswoman also denied the claims made by the candidate’s ex-girlfriend.)
“Cain killed Abel and that’s a problem that we have. What we need to do is look into how we can stop those things. You know, you talked about doing a disinformation — what about getting a department that can look at young men that’s looking at women, that’s looking at their social media. What about doing that? Looking into things like that and we can stop that that way. But yet they want to just continue to talk about taking away your constitutional rights. And I think there’s more things we need to look into. This has been happening for years and the way we stop it is putting money into the mental health field, by putting money into other departments rather than departments that want to take away your rights.”
Is it possible that Walker’s celebrity status — and the likely Republican lean of the national playing field — means that voters in Georgia won’t much care about his Covid claims or his inability to offer any thoughts on guns in American society? Sure. But as Warnock’s latest ad makes clear, nominating Walker was a major risk for Republicans in a critical state to their majority math.