Herschel Walker Asks: ‘Don’t we have enough trees here already?’
Herschel Walker, the Republican candidate for a Senate seat in Georgia, has criticized a new law intended to combat climate change, claiming it will waste money on trees.
“They continue to try to fool you into thinking they’re helping you out, but they’re not,” Walker said at a Republican Jewish Coalition event in Sandy Springs, Georgia, just days after President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law.
They are not assisting you because a large portion of the money is invested in trees. You are aware of this, correct? It has beautiful trees. There are plenty of trees here. Are there not enough trees in this area?
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported Walker’s comments in response to a question about the legislation.
The bill Biden signed will spend about $400 billion on clean energy and healthcare provisions by lowering prescription drug costs and raising corporate taxes by about $700 billion.
Walker defended his previous night’s remark. Walker claimed on Twitter that Biden and the Democratic candidate he will face in November, Sen. Raphael Warnock, “are spending $1.5 billion on ‘urban forestry.'”
According to the bill’s text, the new law provides grants totaling $1.5 billion to state agencies and nonprofit organizations “for tree planting and related activities.”
Walker “was commenting on how Raphael Warnock and Joe Biden spent billions of taxpayer dollars in a recession to do absolutely nothing to combat inflation and provide relief to hardworking Georgians,” Walker’s campaign spokesman Will Kiley said in an email.
Former President Donald Trump endorsed Walker and declared that the United States would join the World Economic Forum’s initiative to plant and protect 1 trillion trees by 2030.
Through an executive order signed in the final weeks of his presidency, Trump established the One Trillion Trees Interagency Council.
Republicans have nominated several first-time candidates backed by Trump to compete in Georgia’s Senate race against seasoned Democratic politicians. Races in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Arizona are among the others.
Last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, suggested that Republicans might not retake control of the chamber in November due to “candidate quality.” He made no mention of any specific candidates.
Who is Herschel Walker?
Herschel Walker, a former American football running back who spent 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), was born on March 3, 1962. He is the Georgia Republican’s choice for the U.S. Senate in 2022.
At the University of Georgia, where he played football in college, Walker won the Heisman Trophy as a junior. He played for the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League (USFL) for the first three years of his professional career, and in 1985, the league’s final year, he won MVP honors.
Walker joined the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys after the USFL folded, and from 1987 to 1988, he earned back-to-back Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors.
Walker was dealt to the Minnesota Vikings in 1989, a transaction regarded as one of the most lopsided in NFL history and thought to have helped launch the Cowboys’ dynasty in the 1990s.
Later, he played for the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles before wrapping up his career with a second stint with the Cowboys. In 1999, Walker was admitted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
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Walker competed in mixed martial arts (MMA) fights with Strikeforce from 2010 to 2011. He was a United States bobsleigh team member at the 1992 Winter Olympics. From 2018 to 2020.
Walker ran his first political campaign in 2022, winning the Republican Senate nomination with 68% of the vote. He will face Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock in the general election. e was a member of President Donald Trump’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition.