ファクトチェック: Herschel Walker falsely claims he never falsely claimed he graduated from University of Georgia

ハーシェルウォーカー, the former football star who is now the Republican nominee for a US Senate seat in Georgia, is piling dishonesty upon dishonesty on the subject of his college education.

12月中, Walker’s campaign website falsely claimed that he had graduated from the University of Georgia, the school he left after his junior season to play professionally. (Walker’s campaign deleted the claim after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution inquired about it.) 4月中, CNN’s KFile team revealed that Walker himself had made the false graduation claim for yearsand that Walker had even asserted that he graduated in the top 1% of his University of Georgia class.
But when Walker was challenged about his graduation deception in an interview last week with FOX 5 Atlanta anchor Russ Spencer, Walker declared he had never once said he graduated from the University of Georgia.
    Spencer told Walker that he has aphenomenal life story,” でもそれは “in some instances you’ve exaggerated that story. You said that you graduated from UGA…”
      Walker interjected: “I never said that. They say that. そして私は言った — that’s what you gotta remember. 私は決して, I never have said that statement. Not one time. I’ve said that I studied criminal justice at UGA.
        Facts First: Walker’s claim that he “決して” そして “一回ではない” said he graduated from the University of Georgia is flat out false. Walker said on camera at least twice that he graduated from the school. Walker’s promotional materials have also featured the false claim that he graduated.
        When CNN asked for comment on Tuesday, Walker’s campaign did not explain or correct his false claim that he had never said he earned his college degree. Spokesperson Mallory Blount instead said in an email: “Imagine a world where the media cared as much about solving inflation, gas prices and baby formula shortages as they do about re-litigating every word Herschel has ever said.
          12月中, ウォーカー told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he had returned to Athens, ジョージア, to complete his degree after playing for the New Jersey Generals of the now-defunct United States Football League in the 1980s, “but life and football got in the way.
          But contrary to Walker’s claim last week in the FOX 5 Atlanta interview, he wasn’t always forthright on this subject. CNN’s KFile team found multiple instances in which Walker and his promotional materials inaccurately claimed that he had earned the degree:
          Walker in a 2017 motivational speech: “And all of sudden I started going to the library, getting books, standing in front of a mirror reading to myself. So that Herschel that all the kids said was retarded become valedictorian of his class. Graduated University of Georgia in the top 1% of his class.
          Walker in a 2017 radio interview: “And people say, ‘Herschel, you played football.But I said, ‘Guys, I also was valedictorian of my class. I also was in the top 1% of my graduating class in college.'
          Text on an Amazon page のために 2009 edition of Walker’s 2008 book and on the now-defunct HerschelWalker.net website promoting the book: “After his first pro season, he finished his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Georgia.
          そして、 1986 Dallas Morning News article on Walker’s football career stated that Walker had completed his degree in criminal justice and featured this quote from Walker: “Getting a degree is one of the paths you can take on the way to becoming an FBI man. もちろん, my life is not going in that direction right now, but I think police work, especially the FBI, would be my choice if I wasn’t a pro football player.
          Walker also declined to correct various people含む interviewers議員 who introduced him at a 2021 House subcommittee hearingwho wrongly said in his presence that he had earned his college degree.
          有る 証拠がない that Walker was high school valedictorian, いずれか.

          Not the only deceptive claim in the interview

          Walker’s false denial of his claims about having graduated from college was not the only deceptive moment of his interview last week with FOX 5 アトランタ.
          Walker also disputed Spencer’s accurate statement that former President Donald Trump, who has endorsed Walker’s candidacy, has called the 2020 選挙 “stolen.
          Walker said, “上手, 私は思いません — おもう — I think reporters say that. I don’t know whether President Trump has said it. Because he’s never said that to me.When Spencer correctly said Trump has said itover and over,” Walker said, “番号, 番号, 番号, 番号. He has neverI’ve never heard President Trump ever say that.
          Trump has called the 2020 選挙 “盗まれた” オン numerous occasionsand has used nearly identical language in Walker’s presence.
          At a March rally in Georgia, これ Walker attended, Trump falsely 前記 Democrat Stacey Abrams, the current and former gubernatorial candidate, “brazenly stole the Georgia election” に 2020 from under the nose of Republican Gov. ブライアンケンプ. And at a September rally in Georgia that Walker also attended, Trump falsely said 2020 だった “the most corrupt election in the history of our country” と “rigged election,” and he talked about tens of thousands of people who supposedly had their votesstolen.
            The Republican Accountability Project, a conservative group that has been critical of Trump and Walker, drew attention to this Walker claim in a Tuesday tweet.
            Walker handily won Tuesday’s Republican primary for the nomination. He now faces Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock in the November midterms.

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