Democrats are struggling to maintain their slim control of the U.S. Senate, so former President Barack Obama has been called in to hold campaign rallies in support of vulnerable Democratic candidates in tightly contested states.
That included a stop in Georgia on Friday to support Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA), during which Obama repeatedly mocked and attacked Republican nominee Herschel Walker, Fox News reported.
Obama dismissed Walker as little more than a “celebrity who wants to be a politician” and argued that the former football star was not a good person and is wholly unqualified to serve as a senator in Washington D.C.
Obama trashes Walker
“There is very little evidence that he has taken any interest, bothered to learn anything about or displayed any kind of inclination towards public service or volunteer work or helping people in any way,” Obama said of Walker, according to Business Insider. “At least we don’t really know about it, and that does make you suspect.”
“Seems to me he’s a celebrity who wants to be a politician and we’ve seen how that goes,” the former president added in an unsubtle knock against his hated successor, former President Donald Trump, who has endorsed and fully supported Walker’s senatorial bid.
Later in his speech, Obama rather hypocritically accused Walker of being “in the habit of not telling the truth, being in the habit of saying one thing and doing another, being in the habit of having certain rules for you and your important friends and other rules for everybody else.”
“That says something about the kind of leader you are going to be,” he added. “And if a candidate’s main qualification is that he is going to be loyal to Donald Trump, it means he is not going to be really thinking about you or your needs.”
A ridiculously irrelevant “thought experiment”
Obama was complimentary of Walker at one point in his remarks, albeit only as a setup for more mockery, in that he acknowledged that Walker had been a “heck of a football player” and “one of the best running backs of all time. But here is the question: Does that make him the best person to represent you in the U.S. Senate? Does that make him equipped to weigh in on the critical decisions about our economy and our foreign policy and our future?”
The former president then offered up an absurd “thought experiment” about if people saw Walker at an airport or hospital and then, because of his prowess on the football field, asked him to also serve as a pilot or surgeon — which is just a dumb and irrelevant non-sequitur.
Obama: “Some of you may not remember, but Herschel Walker was a heck of a football player… does that make him the best person to represent you?… let’s say you’re at the airport & you see Walker & you say, Hey, there’s Herschel, Heisman winner. Let’s have him fly the plane!” pic.twitter.com/ObyfIsOAEA
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 29, 2022
Walker responds to Obama
For what it is worth, Walker issued a statement in response to Obama’s mockery and said that in terms of being a “celebrity,” Obama “got that one wrong, didn’t he? I’m not a celebrity, I’m a warrior for God. He got something else wrong, too. Remember two years ago he told us to vote for Joe Biden, didn’t he? He got that one wrong, did he not?”
“He’s lost twice to Georgia already, hasn’t he, so I think he probably needs to sit this one out,” Walker continued, and added that he would “pray” for Obama because “He needs some help because he got with the wrong horse. Senator Warnock is the wrong horse. You know he can’t do the job, and it’s time for him to leave. So don’t let the door hit your butt as you walk out of there.”