Herschel Walker has been friends with President Donald Trump for over 30 years.
At the Republican National Convention, Walker talked about his friendship with President Donald Trump, and how much it hurt him to hear people label Trump a ‘racist.’
Walker faced criticism from Democrats for his speech, but he is not backing down.
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Walker is also recieving unfair scrutiny from many in the African-American community.
Walker says he wants to encourage young African Americans to be free thinkers by educating themselves on all the issues.
The New York Post has more on Walker's speech from the RNC:
Former gridiron great Herschel Walker, who once played for a team owned by President Trump, lined up for the incumbent at the 2020 Republican National Convention on Monday — and swatted down allegations that the commander-in-chief is a racist.
“It hurt my soul to hear the terrible names that people call Donald,” said Walker, who is black. “I take that as a personal insult, that people would think I’ve had a 37-year friendship with a racist.
“Growing up in the Deep South, I’ve seen racism up close. I know what it is. And it isn’t Donald Trump.”
Walker addressed Trump’s hardline stance against athletes who protest social issues by kneeling during the National Anthem.
“Just because someone loves and respects the flag, our National Anthem and our country, it doesn’t mean they don’t care about social justice,” he said. “He shows how much he cares about social justice in the black community through his actions. And his actions speak louder than stickers and slogans on a jersey.”
Walker received some very cruel and disgusting criticism via Twitter.
It's a sad day in America when a black man is attacked and labeled racist terms like "Uncle Tom" for having an opinion of his own.
God Bless Mr. Walker for not backing down, even in the face of such vile opposition.
He is not taking any of this lying down.
Walker is letting the Democratic party know just what he thinks of them as well.
Walker spoke with Fox News about his personal relationship with President Trump, and his thoughts on the Democratic party:
"I've had a personal friendship with Donald Trump for 37 years, and during all this time he has never, never, never asked Herschel Walker to speak for him, and after they've called him all types of names, and I know Donald Trump," Walker said. "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."
He added, "What this president has done for America needs to be known, and I think it's not being known. People do not want to mention even the things he's done in three years ... normally when you run for a political party, you don't know what you say. This president here has done almost everything he said that he was going to do and that counts."
Responding to Democratic Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones' comments about being attacked by his own party and given Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's controversial comments about Black Americans voting for him, Walker said, "I'm not going to call him what even his vice president called him during the debate, he had some racist tendencies."
Walker, 58, said he's not calling Biden a racist but questions how Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris can support him now after what she said about him in the primaries.
"We have a Democratic Party, today, not telling anyone where they stand on anything," he said. "That is the honest truth, but they want you to go to a voting booth and make an emotional decision."
Walker said he wants young African Americans to be free thinkers and educate themselves on the issues.
"I was raised Democrat, and I didn't know any better, and what's strange is I'm not saying the Democrat Party is bad, I'm saying it doesn't fit what I believe," he said.
"First of all, I believe in God, I believe in family, I believe in the American flag, I believe in the national anthem. I believe in law and order. While the Democrat Party has not said that they believe in any of those things. That's what made America beautiful."