Donald Trump has said he wants to settle political scores with the Washington establishment, and since he’s well-known among his supporters to keep his promises, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to know that he’s already hard at work keeping this one.
Since emerging from the post-election, post-impeachment self-imposed exile, the former president has reentered the political field bigly with the intention of remaking as much of the political landscape in his image as possible.
That largely means endorsing individual candidates for office, which we’re sure he’ll back up with personal appearances and rallies with candidates when the 2022 and 2024 elections draw nearer.
Trump has already done that, backing a handful of like-minded MAGA candidates for various congressional races that are shaping up, and he just backed another earlier this week to unseat Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, who won one of two GOP Georgia seats in January, thanks to lower Republican voter turnout.
That would be Georgia Heisman Trophy Hershel Walker, a former NFL great who played for Trump’s New Jersey Generals in the short-lived U.S. Football League.
And according to early polling, Walker’s already got a head start on Warnock, a left-wing preacher-activist with a questionable background.
“Breaking: @trafalgar_group & @InsiderAdv 2022 #GASen #poll (3/7- 3/9) shows Herschel Walker as #GOP’s #1 contender,” said Trafalgar Group head pollster Robert Cahaly on Twitter. “47.7% @HerschelWalker 45.5%, @ReverendWarnock 2.5%, Other 4.3% Und,” said a tweet from the Trafalgar Group polling firm.
— Robert C. Cahaly (@RobertCahaly) March 12, 2021
Granted, that’s within the statistical margin of error, but Warnock was just elected and Walker hasn’t even campaigned yet with the former president.
The poll comes after former President Donald Trump hyped Walker as a potential candidate to knock off Warnock, saying the Georgia Heisman Trophy winner would be just as unstoppable in politics as he was on the field.
“Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the legendary Herschel Walker ran for the United States Senate in Georgia?” Trump said in a press release. “He would be unstoppable, just like he was when he played for the Georgia Bulldogs, and in the NFL. He is also a GREAT person. Run Herschel, run!”
Trump and Walker bonded when the latter played for the Generals before making the leap to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, and Philadelphia Eagles in the 1980s.
Walker spoke well of the then-president during the Republican National Convention in August.
“It hurt my soul to hear the terrible names that people called Donald,” the Georgia native said. “The worst one is racist. I take it as a personal insult that people would think I’ve had a 37-year friendship with a racist. People that think that don’t know what they’re talking about. Growing up in the Deep South, I’ve seen racism up close. I know what it is. And it isn’t Donald Trump.”
In addition to his topping Warnock, Walker also beats out leading Republicans by double digits, according to the Trafalgar Group, including Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who lost to Warnock, and former Rep. Doug Collins, who lost to Loeffler during the general election.
Former Sen. David Perdue, who lost to Democrat Jon Ossoff, had already ruled out a run against Warnock. So that leaves the door wide open for another close ally of Trump as his bid to take away the GOP from the RINO leadership continues.