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Port: Republicans are against abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or political expediency

Why should anyone believe Republicans when they talk about things like values and principles when the GOP consistently promotes cretins like these?

Herschel Walker
Former NFL player Herschel Walker speaks by video feed during the largely virtual 2020 Republican National Convention broadcast from Washington on August 24, 2020.
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MINOT, N.D. — Integrity and character are things that should matter in politics.

I'm aware that all candidates have flaws. I make my living writing about the foibles and failures of political figures. But when elections are about beating the other partisan team at all costs, when they require us to look past the obnoxious hypocrisies of our candidates, then our exercise in self-governance becomes a race to the bottom.

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In Georgia, it's been revealed that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker, a former football star who opposes legal abortions even in cases of rape and incest or when the mother's life is in jeopardy, paid for a girlfriend's abortion .

This woman's claim is backed up by documentation. She has a receipt for her payment for the abortion, as well as an image of a check representing payment from Walker in a corresponding amount, as well as a note from Walker himself.

I guess Walker does believe in one type exception for legal abortion. Those performed for his own benefit.

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It's not just that Walker is a hypocrite on abortion. He seems to be a truly awful human being.

During the primary, one of Walker's Republican opponents noted his history of violence against women. “Herschel has threatened women, choked them, stalked them,” Gary Black, Georgia's agriculture commissioner, said in a 2021 statement . "He has put knives to their throats and guns to their heads, and he claims that he must be innocent because he never went to jail."

Again, this was 2021. Last year. The accusations of violence against Walker aren't some new revelation. Republicans knew about them , and made him their candidate anyway.

North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer has espoused his enduring support for Walker during interviews I've had with him.

Walker's own son is wondering why "family values" conservatives are rallying around his dad.

"Family values people? He has four kids, four different women, wasn't in the house raising one of them. He was out having sex with other women," Christian Walker said in a social media post. "Do you care about family values?"

The answer, of course, is "no." Not when fidelity to those values might lead to a Democrat winning an election.

And isn't that awful?

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It is, and yet Republicans continue to rally around Walker. They were closing ranks, even as the candidate's own son went public with his many moral failings. “Full speed ahead in Georgia,” Steven Law, the president of the Senate Leadership Fund, told The New York Times , touting a $34 million investment his group is making in support of Walker between now and Election Day.

Sen. Rick Scott, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, dismissed Walker's problems as nothing more than a Democratic "smear machine."

The pro-life movement, including the group National Right to Life, is also sticking with Walker.

And, of course, Donald Trump, himself a serial adulterer, remains completely supportive:

Donald Trump statement from Truth Social
A statement from former President Donald Trump about the controversies surrounding U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker.
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Seemingly, the only depravity the American right won't tolerate these days is simply being a Democrat.

Which is atrocious, isn't it? As a conservative I've little desire to see liberals in office, but should that lead me to look past their manifest problems and support candidates like Walker and Trump?

Or Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene?

Or Rep. Lauren Boebert?

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Or failed U.S. Senate candidate and unequivocal bigot Roy Moore ?

Why should anyone believe Republicans when they talk about things like values and principles when the GOP consistently promotes cretins like these?

And don't give me any whatabboutism. Whatever the problems with Democratic candidates — and there are many, don't get me wrong — they don't excuse this Republican hypocrisy.

It's about personal responsibility, folks, which, once upon a time, was a central conservative value.

You are responsible for the politicians you support. You are responsible for how you cast your ballot. Nothing the Democrats do changes that.

Opinion by Rob Port
Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at rport@forumcomm.com. Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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