Ever since the day he rode down the golden elevator to declare his candidacy, President Donald Trump has been incessantly smeared by the media as a racist.
But according to football great Herschel Walker, who has had a “deep, personal friendship” with Trump for nearly four decades, that isn’t the case at all. He explained as much in a video message that aired on Monday during the Republican National Convention.
Walker defends Trump
“It hurt my soul to hear the terrible names that people called Donald. The worst one is racist,” Walker said. “I take it as a personal insult that people would think I’ve had a 37-year friendship with a racist.”
“People who think that don’t know what they’re talking about,” he continued. “Growing up in the Deep South, I’ve seen racism up close, I know what it is, and it isn’t Donald Trump.”
Walker shared how he had become friends with Trump in the 1980s during the brief span of time when Trump was an owner of a team in the now-defunct USFL football league. He spoke of how attentive Trump had been to the needs of the team and the players and what needed to be done to make them all better, and also noted how loving and attentive he was of his own children, even halting business meetings to take a phone call from them.
“I watched him treat the janitors, security guards, and waiters the same way he would treat a VIP,” Walker said. “He made them feel special because he knew they were.”
Later, after sharing an amusing anecdote of a joint family trip to Disneyland, where Trump rode the rides with everybody else even while wearing a suit, Walker said it showed “what a caring, loving father he is.”
Walker touched on the controversy surrounding the American flag, the national anthem, and social justice, and testified that both he and Trump cared deeply about all of those things. “He shows how much he cares about social justice and the black community through his actions. And his actions speak louder than any stickers or slogans on a jersey,” Walker said.
With regard to Trump’s work ethic and how he “leaves nothing on the field, Walker noted, “Some people don’t like his style, the way he knocks down obstacles that get in the way of his goals.”
“People on opposing teams didn’t like it when I ran right over them either. But that’s how you get the job done,” he added.
Give him another term to finish the job
Walker concluded his message by asking the American people to grant President Trump four more years in office so that he can complete the work that still needs to be done. Watch below: