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WATCH: Trump-Endorsed Candidate Says Former President Lied About His Role In Senate Run

WATCH: Trump-Endorsed Candidate Says Former President Lied About His Role In Senate Run

Herschel Walker is running for U.S. Senate, with Donald Trump backing him. He’s already won the GOP nomination in Georgia, but now he says that the former president is overstating his role in the decision to enter the race.

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Walker is already a controversial candidate, with a record that includes an apparent inability to understand the theory of evolution, a list of accusations of lying about his record, and bizarre ideas about how to stop school shootings.

Of course, none of that is out of step with mainstream Republican candidates.

Now Walker risks losing the backing of one of the most influential figures currently in his party, though, as he openly states that Trump is lying when he claims to have phoned the football star and urged him to run for Senate.

“One thing that people don’t know is, President Trump never asked me. And I need to tell him that. He never asked me…President Trump never came and asked, ‘Herschel, will you run for that Senate?’ He never asked. So I’m mad at him, because he never asked, but he’s taking credit that he asked.”

Trump certainly made public statements suggesting that Walker should run — Politico documented a statement last summer, in which Trump said that Walker would likely run, and that he should:

“I think he’d win. I think it would be very, very hard to beat Herschel…I think beating him would be very tough. And I think he’s going to run.”

It was over two months later, in late August, that Walker made his official announcement of candidacy. Trump’s endorsement followed about a week after that,

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Calling Trump out on a lie when there are still months to campaign before the general election is an unusual move for a Republican nominee. Still, despite Trump’s record with the truth, it’s possible that Walker’s claims should be taken with a grain of salt — after all, just last week he also claimed that Donald Trump has never said the 2020 election was stolen.

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