Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker recently rebuked claims that President Donald Trump is a racist, citing his 37-year friendship with the president.
Walker’s comments came during the first night of the 2020 Republican National Convention.
Walker declared that he had seen Trump treat blue-collar workers like “janitors, security guards and waiters” the same way he would treat the rich and powerful.
“I watched him treat the janitors, security guards and waiters the same way he would treat a VIP,” said Walker. “He made them feel special because he knew they were…He understands that they are the people who make this country run. They clean, they cook, they build, they drive, they deliver.”
Walker added that it “hurts my soul” to see Trump maligned.
“It hurts my soul to hear the terrible names that people call Donald. The worst one is ‘racist,’” he said. “I take it as a personal insult that people would think I’d have a 37-year friendship with a racist… I know what [racism] is. And it isn’t Donald Trump.”
“I watched him in the board room. He could be in the middle of a big meeting, but if one of the kids was on the phone, he dropped everything to take the call,” Walker went on, saying that Trump taught him “that your family should be your top priority.”
Back in June, we reported that Walker denounced rampant “cancel culture” that he blamed for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ controversial comments about kneeling during the national anthem.
Brees said at the time that he will “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America,” but his comments were swiftly met with scathing backlash, including from some of his own teammates.
In an Instagram post shortly thereafter, Brees walked back his comments and said that they “completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country.”
“Why in the world, can people not have an opinion today that they disagree with you? And if you disagree with someone, Glenn, you are going to be called a racist,” Walker said of the backlash that pushed Brees to recant his statement. “If I disagree with someone, I’m going to be called an Uncle Tom.”
“And I’m like, jeez. That means I can’t think for myself?” Walker went on. “Can I not think for myself, please? You know, that’s the reason, I think, people fought years ago. That’s what Martin Luther King marched about.”
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