“I take it as a personal insult that people would think I’ve had a 37-year friendship with a racist,” former NFL player Herschel Walker said of his friendship with Trump in his speech Monday during the Republican National Convention.
Walker defended the president, saying “It hurt my soul to hear the terrible names that people call Donald. The worst one is ‘racist.’” In addition, he said, “People who think that don’t know what they are talking about. Growing up in the Deep South, I’ve seen racism up close. I know what it is. And it isn’t Donald Trump.”
Herschel Walker told viewers on Monday that Trump taught him that “family should be your top priority,” calling the president a “caring, loving father.” Walker even gave an anecdote about a time the two of them went to Disney World with their kids: “So, there he was, in a business suit, on it’s a small world ride”
To finish his speech, Walker told listeners, “There is still more work to be done. If you love America and want to make it better, Donald Trump is your president.”
Herschel Walker On Fox’s “The Ingraham Angle”
Following the speech Monday night, Herschel spoke on Fox’s “The Ingraham Angle,” telling Laura Ingraham about his decision to speak at the RNC. He said his speech was aimed to give a fuller picture of President Trump. Herschel believes many people misjudge the current president. He told, “I think they look at Donald Trump from a tweet or look at what he says, and they’re not looking at what he does.”
Walker is adamant he disagrees with the labels many people have put on Trump, especially “racist”. “They’ve called him all types of names,” Walker says, “I’ve been with him in very, very special moments and I’ve never seen that in him and that’s why I wanted to speak for him.”
The Republican National Convention continues until Thursday, August 27, when Donald Trump will accept his official re-nomination.