A few days ago, I wrote an article noting that Republican Senate candidate from Georgia Herschel Walker, who faces incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnoff in the Dec. 6 runoff, owes Peach State voters the release of his medical records. As Walker acknowledges, he has a history of dangerous and reckless behavior. He was playing Russian roulette with a loaded gun and viscerally fantasizing about committing murder, and his ex-wife says he once held an ex-gun to his head. Walker says he doesn’t remember this horrific incident, but he says other embarrassing actions and violent thoughts are the result of dissociative identity disorder (DID), which causes a person to have multiple personalities. autonomous. (Many mental health experts wonder if this disorder really exists.) And, Walker argues, he was cured. So regarding the violence in his past, Walker is basically saying, They were my other personalities, and they no longer hold sway over me.
But there is no proof of any of this.
Walker has not released a medical record, which would presumably confirm the initial diagnosis and show the treatment he underwent. They would also disclose his current status. Could Walker still be afflicted with DID, despite his insistence he was “cured”? Walker covers up, providing no documented details of his alleged fight with DID or his alleged recovery.
Georgia voters certainly deserve to know if they could elect a man who still suffers from what was once popularly known as multiple identity disorder – think Sybil—and which could sometimes be controlled by one or more alternate personalities.
Once upon a time, Walker himself agreed with the idea that political candidates — at least those running for president — must demonstrate that they are mentally and physically fit for office.
In September 2020, Walker, then nearly a year away from announcing his Senate candidacy, responded to the popular right-wing talking point that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was not mentally sharp enough to serve in the White House. Walker proposed that Biden (and Donald Trump) submit to examinations to determine the physical and mental health of each candidate. In a tweet, Walker, a former football star, declared,
I also thought then when I played like they did before – we had to pass physical and mental tests to make sure we could handle the grueling tasks we had to do. And now, since everyone is questioning Vice President Biden, I think it will be fair to both candidates if they debate first. I think both candidates have to pass a physical and mental test to see if they are up to the task of being President of the United States, because it is a grueling and difficult position. You know, I’m not saying I’ve ever been president, but I can tell you that it’s hard, mentally and physically. So I think it is fair that both candidates take a physical and mental test to see if they are capable of doing the job they will be required to do.
Thinking about how you need to pass mental/physical tests and an interview to prepare for a job! The media owe it to the American people to ask real questions to@JoeBiden. Both candidates must pass physical and mental tests to be president!@FoxNews @CNN pic.twitter.com/C6LdENDj6B
— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) September 14, 2020
While the standards may be different for a president than for a senator, Walker’s reasoning certainly applies to his own case. He maintained that he had previously been burdened with mental illness which had led him to dangerous driving and violent thoughts and which could hamper his performance in his duties. What would happen if he were elected senator and his alternate and violent personalities returned?
Walker’s medical records would likely indicate whether he really had DID – as opposed to the possibility that it was hiding behind it – and reveal how effectively he was treated and whether his “quirks”, as they are called, are gone for good. Walker claims he was cured by a Jerry Mungadze, one of Walker’s “best friends”, who has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of North Texas. Mungadze takes an unusual approach to treating DID that includes exorcism as an option. Were any doctors involved in Walker’s treatment? His records should disclose that.
But instead of releasing his records, Walker could do what he asked Biden to do in 2020: submit to a mental health screening. After all, being a senator can be exhausting work, perhaps as exhausting as playing in the NFL. During that campaign, Biden disclosed a summary of his medical records and the results of a recent physical exam. Walker didn’t even do that.
Mother Jones contacted Walker’s campaign to see if he planned to take such a test and make the results public. The campaign did not respond. It seems that Walker, who once prescribed tests to ensure a politician’s mental fitness, is no longer willing to apply that standard to himself.
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