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Herschel Walker Called on Biden to Take a Mental Fitness Exam. But He Won’t Do the Same. – Mother Jones

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a few days ago I wrote a piece pointing out that Republican Senate challenger Herschel Walker in Georgia, who defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnoff faces a Dec. 6 runoff, the Peach State voters are owed the release of his medical records. As Walker admits, he has a history of dangerous and reckless behavior. He played Russian roulette with a loaded gun and viscerally fantasized about committing murder, and his ex-wife says he once held a shotgun to his head. Walker claims he doesn’t remember that horrific incident, but he claims other troubling actions and violent thoughts were the result of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), which causes a person to have multiple autonomous personalities. (Many mental health experts question whether this disorder actually exists.). And, Walker maintains, he is healed. So about the violence in his past, Walker essentially says, These were my other personalities, and they no longer have a hold on me.

But there is no proof of any of this.

Walker has not released medical records, which are believed to confirm the initial diagnosis and show the treatment he underwent. They would also disclose his current condition. Could Walker still be afflicted with DID, despite his insistence that he is “cured”? Walker is covering up, providing no documented details of his alleged bout with DID or his alleged cure.

Georgia voters certainly deserve to know if they might be electing 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 to hold office.

In September 2020, Walker, then nearly a year away from announcing his Senate bid, responded to the popular right-wing talking point that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was not mentally acute enough to serve in the White House. Walker suggested that Biden (and Donald Trump) submit to exams to determine each candidate’s physical and mental health. In a tweet, Walker, a former football star, declare,

I also thought when I played the way they used to—we had to pass physical and mental tests to make sure we could take the grueling tasks we had to do. And now, as everyone is questioning Vice President Biden, I think it would be fair to both candidates than before they debated. I think both candidates should take 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, difficult position. You know, I’m not saying I’ve ever been president, but I can tell you it’s hard, mentally and physically. So I think it is only fair that both candidates take a physical and mental test to see if they are capable of doing the job they have to do.

While the standards for a president may be different than a senator, Walker’s reasoning certainly applies to his own case. He argued that he was once burdened by a mental illness that led to dangerous behavior and violent thoughts and that could hinder his performance in office. What might happen if he is elected senator and his alternate and violent personalities return?

Walker’s medical records are likely to indicate whether he actually had DID — as opposed to the possibility that he was hiding behind it — as well as reveal how effectively he was treated and whether his “alterations,” as they’re called, are gone forever. Walker claims to have been healed by a Jerry Mungadze, one of Walker’s “best friends”, who holds 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 medical doctors involved in Walker’s treatment? His records should reveal this.

But instead of releasing his records, Walker could do what he asked Biden to do in 2020: submit to a mental health examination. After all, being a senator can be a grueling job, perhaps as grueling as playing in the NFL. During that campaign, Biden did release a summary of his medical records and the results of a recent physical. Walker didn’t even do that.

Mother Jones Walker’s campaign was contacted to see if he plans to take such a test and release the results. The campaign did not respond. It seems that Walker, who once prescribed tests to ensure the mental fitness of a politician, is now unwilling to apply that standard to himself.

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