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Herschel Walker's awkward Fox News interview is hard to watch

The GOP Senate candidate skipped a primary debate this month, but that didn't stop him from making a fool of himself.


Herschel Walker, the apparent GOP front-runner in this year's Senate race in Georgia, has tried to keep a low profile recently for a few obvious reasons. 

Namely: His political ideas are incoherent and, on top of that, he’s infamously bad at communicating them. As CNN reported last year, that’s why the former NFL running back’s campaign has tried to keep the gaffe-prone candidate, whom former President Donald Trump endorsed in September, buoyed by conservative support and largely out of the public eye.

As a result, Walker has stuck to short public appearances and quick interviews with conservative-leaning outlets and has shied away from highly anticipated events like a GOP primary debate in Georgia this month, which he skipped. Walker, however, did appear for an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo that same weekend.

If Walker's team thought that would help him evade embarrassment, they were sorely mistaken. He couldn't even handle a softball question about why people would prefer him over Raphael Warnock, the Democratic incumbent. Instead, Walker delivered a meandering response that was detached from reality and syntax. 

Walker’s claims are hard to follow here, but his rambling response is an attempt to regurgitate debunked Republican talking points arguing that President Joe Biden’s policies have ruined the United States’ ability to rely on our own oil production to run the country. 

At another point in the interview, Walker was asked to respond to reports that he had lied about graduating near the top of his class from the University of Georgia. (In reality, he didn’t graduate at all.) Walker tried to do a little rhetorical trickery by volunteering that he graduated high school at the top of his class … which obviously isn’t the issue being debated.

Walker later accused his political opponents are being “jealous” of him. Like other claims he’s made, there’s no evidence this one is actually true. And it becomes less believable with every word he utters.