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- Updated: October 31, 2023
—At a rally in Carrollton, Georgia, the day after the deadly Club Q shooting in Colorado, Springs, Colorado, Walker described people who “don’t know the definition of a woman” as an “enemy,” according to Jezebel. Two of the five people who were killed at Club Q on Saturday night were transgender.
—One day after the horrific mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs that killed five people including a transgender woman and trans man, released an inaccurate campaign ad featuring a former college athlete complaining about transgender swimmer Lia Thomas.
—Following the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, in May that killed 19 children and and two adults, Walker was asked by CNN whether he would support any gun violence legislation: “What I like to do is see it and everything and stuff. I like to see it,” he replied and then walked away.
—Suggested that prayer, rather than gun safety legislation, would deter gun violence: “We’ve got to get back into prayer. People thinking now praying is bad. No, it’s not bad. We need to pray for things like that. We need to continue to go out and fight, continue to take your constitutional rights away, and I think we can’t do that.” Repeated the claim in an appearance at a Georgia church.
—Praised “Second Amendment restrictions” legislation on a conservative radio talk show, saying he wished it had gone further. The following day a Walker spokesperson tweeted, “Herschel was referring to the mental health aspect of the bill not going far enough. He would not have voted for the bill.”
—His ex-wife says he “held a gun to her head a handful of times and held a straight razor to her throat” threatening to kill her.
—Was visited by police and was “volatile,” armed and scaring his estranged wife at the suburban Dallas home they no longer shared, and discussed “having a shoot-out with police” in 2001.
—Campaign website promises he will fight against new gun laws and confirm “Constitutional judges to our courts who will protect our right to bear arms.”
—Appeared in a photo wearing a red MAGA hat and aiming a rifle in a fundraising message on Facebook on Jan. 24 which read, “I will ALWAYS stand up for the Second Amendment. No law-abiding American should EVER be denied their rights… our Constitution is NOT up for negotiation!!”
—Attacked Warnock in a press release for Warnock’s support of a legislation to mandate universal background checks for all gun purchasers, calling Warnock “one of the leading advocates of gun control in the Senate.”
—Said he had played Russian roulette, saying that he had played it “more than once” before seeking mental health treatment.
—Lied when he claimed that he worked in law enforcement.
—Had a 9mm Sig Sauer handgun confiscated from his car and he was placed on a “caution list” because of his “violent tendencies” in 2001.
—Opposed efforts “to take away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens to self-defense.”
—On campaign website, calls himself a “compassionate conservative who is pro-life and pro-family.” Says he would vote yes on bill proposed by Sen. Lindsey Graham to ban abortion nationwide, and supports abortion bans without any exceptions for rape, incest or the health of the mother: “There’s no exception in my mind.” Allegations surfaced in early October that Walker paid for a girlfriend’s abortion, and encouraged her to have a second abortion
—Said of marriage equality: “Gay weddings, that’s something that you have to work with the Congress. I think that each state’s gotta determine that, that’s against stuff that I believe in, so that each state can just stop all that.”
—Did not answer when reporters asked if he would sign onto federal protections of marriage equality, saying: “we need to worry about what’s happening right now.”
—Questioned whether transgender youth will get into heaven: “When I get to heaven, I want the Lord to recognize me. Because I can tell you right now, they’re telling the young kids in school, you can be a boy tomorrow even if you’re a girl… I want the young kids to know, you go to heaven. Jesus may not recognize you. Because he made you a boy. He made you a girl. Why are we talking about things like that?”
—Criticized transgender youth access to school sports; has no record of advocating for women’s and girls’ athletics. Described “women’s issues” as “grocery prices” and “gas prices.”
—Divorce records reveal Walker’s ex-wife accused him of being physically abusive and threatening to murder her. She claims he pointed a gun at her and said, “I’m going to blow your… brains out.” In 2001, Walker’s therapist called Texas police describing Walker as armed and “volatile.” Walker reportedly talked about having a shoot-out with police. Officers confiscated his gun and put him on a “caution list” because of his “violent tendencies.”
—Endorsed by former president Donald Trump, whose administration led more than 200 attacks in policy and rhetoric against LGBTQ Americans and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who refused to bring The Equality Act to a vote in the Senate.
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