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Have the Republicans lost their marbles?

Herschel Walker with No 1 fan Donald Trump. Sean Rayford/Getty

There’s only one response to the “hollowness and depravity and madness” of the modern Republican Party, says Andrew Sullivan in The Weekly Dish: “Burn it down.” There’s no evil they will not excuse ­– “and no moron they won’t elect” – if it means gaining power. Look at Herschel Walker, the Republican candidate for Senator in Georgia. After Trump’s gushing endorsement claiming “he is a GREAT person”, Walker smashed his nearest rival by 55 points in the primary election. “There are a few problems, however.” First off, he’s “very dumb”. Take his explanation of climate change: “Our good air decided to float over to China’s bad air, so when China gets our good air, their bad air got to move.”

More worryingly, Walker “stalked, harassed and threatened to murder his ex-wife”, who was granted a restraining order after he held a gun to her head shouting: “I’m going to blow your f***ing brains out.” He’s fathered four children by four different women, three of whom he refused to acknowledge until the press discovered them. That’s despite him campaigning to reinstate “family values” – “he beats even Boris Johnson for chutzpah”. The coup de grace is one woman’s evidence proving Walker paid her to get an abortion – despite him advocating the procedure be made “a criminal act without any exceptions”. The Democrats aren’t perfect, but they do not compare with degenerate Republican candidates like these. The whole party is now “defined by this putrescence”.