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Herschel Walker, Trump’s Pick For Georgia Senate, Lied About Graduating From UGA

Herschel Walker, Trump’s Pick For Georgia Senate, Lied About Graduating From UGA

Unfortunately for Herschel Walker, a Heisman Trophy just isn’t a substitute for an actual college diploma, as much as he wishes it were true.

Walker, Donald Trump’s only choice to run against Sen. Raphael Warnock in the Georgia Senate race, has been telling the same story about himself for years. He’s claimed he graduated in the top 1% of his class at the University of Georgia. And according to a review of his speeches by CNN’s KFile, Walker has knowingly made the claim during motivational speeches for years, and as recently as 2017. But none of Walker’s easily checked academic boasts are true, and he actually left UGA one year shy of graduation, an open secret in Georgia sports.

But that secret has now been broken even more wide open, and it’s unclear how much of an impact it might have on Walker’s already troubled campaign. KFILE’s investigation also revealed that Walker-who’s also currently in violation of the Hatch Act–claimed on his website that he was his high school’s valedictorian. Walker’s campaign hasn’t provided evidence that Walker graduated as his high school’s valedictorian other than pointing to news articles from the early 1980s after he began his career at the University of Georgia making the claim.

“There is not a single voter in Georgia who believes that whether Herschel graduated at the ‘top of his class’ or as Valedictorian 40 years ago has any bearing on his ability to be a great United States Senator,” Mallory Blount, communications director for the campaign, said in a statement, despite it being in his campaign materials.

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Read the full KFILE report at CNN.

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