Walker explained that he and his wife prayed about whether he should run. “But I love Jesus … and right now there’s a problem. A problem with racism, people calling each other names. Guys, we’ve come so far, what Martin Luther King done was an incredible job. Right now we’re taking things back and guys, we’ve gotta come together. And I told President Trump and Leader [Mitch] McConnell, I said, ‘Wait a minute, you endorsed me and you endorsed me, but I do this.’”
When Mike pressed Walker about the topic of critical race theory, asking him if he would support what Mike called “truth-based teaching”—the actual and full history of the nation, much of which includes the subjugation of Black, Indigenous, and people of color—Walker made a trick play and switched topics to public versus charter schools—toeing the GOP line.
Walker quickly pivoted to the Republican rhetoric that charter schools are the answer to true education. He even inferred that public schools are “putting money to the institution, rather than the kids.” Walker then added, “I want all kids to be educated on the history of America.”
Walker claims that he and President Trump, who Walker says has asked him to call him “Donald,” are BFFs and that Donald “loves America.” Walker insists that, even though he may “say some crazy things,” ultimately Donald is “a fighter.”
When Mike asked Walker what he thought when, during a rally, then-nominee Trump asked “African American” voters to support him with the question, “What do you have to lose?” Walker said he told Donald he didn’t like it.
“We use Black and brown people to get votes, but we don’t do anything for them,” Walker said, adding that even after getting McConnell’s endorsement, he told them, “Y’all may not like me, ‘cause I don’t dance and sing for nobody. I never have.”
All that sounds good, but the reality is that the GOP and Walker’s pal Donald are very invested in Walker’s win in Georgia.
What Killer Mike didn’t include in that nearly 28 minutes of marshmallow-soft questioning was any reference to Walker’s murky-ass financial records, his body spray that promises to “kill the COVID,” the fact that he lied about graduating from college, his doubts about the existence of evolution, or his history of domestic violence.
But Trump’s endorsement may be something Walker doesn’t really think he needs. David Perdue had it for his gubernatorial run in Georgia, and that didn’t work out so well. Incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp, who emphatically does not have the former president’s blessing, will face Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams in the fall.
According to HuffPost, Trump was “stunned” that incumbent Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger handily won his GOP primary after Trump trashed him over his refusal to “find extra votes” in 2020 and then endorsed Rep. Jody Hice, who got just 33% of the vote.
The Atlanta Journal Consitution reports that Raffensperger will be testifying Thursday in the criminal investigation into Trump’s efforts to override the results of Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.
Almost all of Trump’s decisions around who to support—or not—have been based on lies about the 2020 presidential election and who was willing to stay loyal to him.
Trump’s endorsement is still highly coveted, but the twice-impeached former President has seen a few big losses in candidates he’d endorsed. In addition to Hice and Perdue, there’s North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn, Charles W. Herbster of Nebraska, and Janice McGeachin in Idaho, according to The New York Times