Former gridiron great Herschel Walker, who as soon as performed for a crew owned by President Trump, lined up for the incumbent on the 2020 Republican Nationwide Conference on Monday — and swatted down allegations that the commander-in-chief is a racist.
“It harm my soul to listen to the horrible names that individuals name Donald,” stated Walker, who’s black. “I take that as a private insult, that individuals would suppose I’ve had a 37-year friendship with a racist.
“Rising up within the Deep South, I’ve seen racism up shut. I do know what it’s. And it isn’t Donald Trump.”
Walker addressed Trump’s hardline stance towards athletes who protest social points by kneeling in the course of the Nationwide Anthem.
“Simply because somebody loves and respects the flag, our Nationwide Anthem and our nation, it doesn’t imply they don’t care about social justice,” he stated. “He reveals how a lot he cares about social justice within the black group by means of his actions. And his actions communicate louder than stickers and slogans on a jersey.”
Walker, a Heisman Trophy winner on the College of Georgia, kicked off his skilled profession with the short-lived USFL’s New Jersey Generals, owned in 1984 and 1985 by Trump.
“He discovered in regards to the historical past of the crew, the gamers, the coaches, each element,” stated Walker. “I watched him deal with janitors, safety guards and waiters the identical means you’d deal with a VIP.”
However Trump may also be fierce when in pursuit of his objectives, Walker stated.
“He leaves nothing on the sector,” the retired working again stated. “Some individuals don’t like his fashion, the best way he knocks down obstacles that get in the best way of his objectives.
“Folks on the opposing crew didn’t like after I ran over them both. However that’s the way you get the job finished.”