Herschel Walker is in a contentious race for the Georgia Senate in a battle against incumbent Raphael Warnock. The former football player has been called out for falsely claiming to have worked in law enforcement, and during a recent debate flashed a badge that the moderator called a “prop.”
After this controversy, Walker says the law enforcement badge is real and not fake.
“It’s a badge that I got from a police officer and I have the badge that I carry with me all the time. It’s a real badge. It’s not a fake badge. It’s a real badge,” Walker said during a interview with NBC News.
Walker told NBC News Chief White House Correspondent and Co-Anchor of Weekend TODAY Kristen Welker that he has badges “from all over Georgia” and the badge he had in the interview was from his hometown of Johnson County.
“Everybody can joke, but this badge gives me the right — wait, let me finish. If something happened in this county. I have the right to work with the police to get things done,” he continued, adding that he has “worked in law enforcement for years.”
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Walker continued, “I do exercise program, but they get credit for it. I do a program, a leadership program. I do health and wellness programs. I visit prisons, so everybody wants to joke, but I’ve had my men and women in black men and women in bluebacks since I’ve been doing this.”
The Georgia GOP U.S. Senate nominee clarified that it was a “badge of honor,” saying law enforcement officers call him “when they want me, and I have the authority to do things for them to work with them all the day.”
Welker pointed out that the National Sheriffs Association “said a badge of honor ‘is for the trophy case'” and asked Walker why he flashed it during the debate.
Walker then said the Cobb County Sheriff Police who gave him the badge “came out and held a press conference with me and said, ‘Herschel’s been with us for years, he’d been working with us’.”
The Senate candidate also claimed he has the most support from the sheriffs “in Georgia of any candidate running today.”
More of the interview with Walker will be shown tomorrow TODAY on NBC.