Former NFL running back-turned-conservative commentator Herschel Walker said corporations and critics of voter ID laws should help minorities obtain photo identification to vote, coming after firms like Major League Baseball, Delta, Coca-Cola, and others criticized Georgia’s Legislature over the passage of its recent voter integrity bill.
“My grandfather today, if he was alive, would be 117 years old. He had a driver’s license,” Walker said Wednesday during a virtual event. “We’re in modern time today, and people don’t have an ID. And then I say, you know, what’s so strange about it is I have all these companies that are coming out, putting it down, ‘they don’t have ID. People don’t have an ID.’”
After multinational corporations came out to oppose the bill and after the MLB moved its All-Star game in protest, Walker asked: “Why don’t these companies that have been talking so much that want to do that, why don’t they help Herschel Walker, to help these people who don’t have an ID to get an ID?”
“Meaning, whatever we have to do, whether we have to get buses, whether we have to get other things, whether we have to go fill out the paperwork and help them to get an ID, and not keep complaining about it time in and time out, because I believe in empowering people,” he continued, according to Just The News.
“In today’s world, you have to have an ID to do anything, you know, you have certain companies that you need an ID to even get into their office, but yet, they say something different. And so I said, I believe in empowering people, meaning that let me help you to get to where you want to get to.”
Walker, meanwhile, said that progressive groups receiving millions in dollars from corporations should use that money to help minority communities by providing job training or other programs.
“Has anyone on this call ever seen any of that money?” he asked. “Have you known of anyone that has given that money to start a scholarship program or start a work training [program] or anything to help in the communities? So I said, why are we not holding these people accountable first, and then building places where people can go to work, building so it can be a safer environment; building so they can be educated?”
Several weeks ago, former President Donald Trump, in a statement, urged Walker—a former Heisman Trophy winner—to run for the Georgia Senate in 2022 against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.
“Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the legendary Herschel Walker ran for the United States Senate in Georgia?” Trump said on March 10. “He would be unstoppable, just like he was when he played for the Georgia Bulldogs, and in the NFL. He is also a GREAT person. Run Herschel, run!”