On Sunday, there was a key distinction at the little Herschel Walker bus stop gathering. Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) was making crude comments about former President Barack Obama, who held a rally for Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) over the weekend, while Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) was speaking.
In the days before Obama’s visit for the runoff, Walker’s resentment has been exactly as strong as it was prior to the Obama rally that drew thousands of people before the November election.
Kennedy rambled on while promoting Walker and attacking Obama until someone in the crowd yelled that Obama is “the altar of the devil.” Kennedy disregarded it and continued.
When an anti-Obama town hall participant referred to the man who would soon become the first Black president as an “Arab,” it was a stark contrast to the GOP as it was only 14 years prior.
“No ma’am, he’s a decent family man, citizen, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is all about,” John McCain said to applause.
It was described as a “reflection of [McCain’s] thinking that partisans should differ without demonizing each other” at the time by the Associated Press. Since then, the GOP has undergone significant upheaval.
Walker has never expressed a position on Obama’s citizenship.
On Thursday, Obama spoke at a rally in support of Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), where he addressed the recent mention of vampires and werewolves by Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker. declared to supporters at a campaign rally on Wednesday: “I don’t want to be a vampire anymore. I want to be a werewolf.”
Raphael Warnock, the incumbent senator from Georgia, defeated Walker last week but fell short of the required 50% of votes. As a result, a runoff election will be held on December 6 in accordance with state law. Democratic victories in Arizona and Nevada have determined who will control the Senate, but the Georgia election will still be closely followed.
Walker gave a speech in McDonough on Wednesday.
“I don’t know if you know, but vampires are some cool people, are they not? But let me tell you something that I found out: a werewolf can kill a vampire. Did you know that? I never knew that.” He rambled on adding “Fright Night, Freak Night, or some type of night,”
Video of the comments quickly went viral, as did videos of Walker’s other rambling speeches, his choice to brandish what he claimed to be a police badge at a debate, and discussions of a number of campaign scandals.
The former football star, like other candidates favored by Donald Trump, struggled to defeat his Democratic opponent in the midterm elections. The remark was his most recent contentious or downright strange intervention.
Obama addressed the crowd at the rally and stated “Since the last time I was here, Mr. Walker has been talking about issues that are of great importance to the people of Georgia like whether it’s better to be a vampire or a werewolf.”
“This is a debate that I must confess I once had myself … when I was 7. Then I grew up,” Obama added.
The former president was alluding to a speech Walker gave in which he sought to relate the Georgia Senate election to a fantasy film he had seen.
Walker compared his opponent Warnock to the vampire in the movie where the person trying to kill the vampire uses holy water and a cross in vain.
The ex-NFL running back argued that the vampire fighter’s failure was caused by his lack of “faith,” and he exhorted his supporters to have faith in their “fellow brother” and in public officials.
Walker added that after learning that werewolves can defeat vampires, he now wants to become one.
In response to the remark, Obama said, “As far as I’m concerned, he can be anything he wants to be, except for a United States senator.”
“This would be funny if he weren’t running for Senate,” added the former senator for Illinois.
Voting will conclude in the crucial runoff election between Walker and Warnock