“I take that as a personal insult that people would think I've had a 37-year friendship with a racist” – President Donald Trump – 12-year NFL veteran and former college Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker said Monday, addressing the 2020 Republican National Convention.
“It hurts my soul to hear the terrible names people called Donald. The worst one is racist,” Walker said, calling it “a personal insult” to think he would befriend a racist. Walker said he’s “seen racism up close,” and that “It isn’t Donald Trump”:
“I take that as a personal insult that people would think I've had a 37-year friendship with a racist. People who think that don't know what they're talking about.
“Growing up in the Deep South, I have seen racism up close. I know what it is. And it isn't Donald Trump. Just because someone loves and respects the flag, our national anthem and our country doesn't mean they don't care about social justice. I care about all of those things. So does Donald Trump.
“He showed how much he cares about social justice in the black community through his actions and his actions speak louder than stickers or slogans on a jersey. He keeps right on fighting to improve the lives of black Americans and all Americans. He works night and day. He never stops. He leaves nothing on the field. “
Walker said he admires what a “caring, loving father” Trump is and how he treats everyone the same.
Still, Walker said, he sees how tough Trump can be in the pursuit of his goals, but, in life as in football, that’s what’s often needed to get the job done:
“Some people don't like his style, the way he knocks down obstacles that get in the way of his goals. People on the opposing team didn't like it when I ran over them either, but that's how you get the job done. I pray every night that God gives him more time. Give him four more years. He has accomplished so much, almost all by himself, under constant attack.
“There's still more work to be done. If you love America and want to make it better, Donald Trump is your president. He's my president. And I'm blessed to call him friend.”