Show Pranks Herschel Walker With Call to Report Crime

Candidate told 'Tooning Out the News' he would see what he could do
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2022 7:35 AM CDT

The cartoon news anchor on satirical show Tooning Out the News prank-called Senate candidate Herschel Walker this week over his claims to have law enforcement credentials. The James Smartwood character, voiced by RJ Fried, called the Republican candidate, told him his laptop had been stolen from his car the night before, and asked him if he could look into it "as someone who’s a law enforcement person," Yahoo! News reports. "Well, I’ll tell you what I’ll do is we'll report your thing, and all that and stuff," Walker told him. "That’ll be great. What we’ll do is, you got a number I can call?" Walker told Smartwood, who identified himself as a correspondent from "Big News," that he would call him back and see what he could do in his capacity as an "honorary' sheriff. After the call ended, Smartwood said he had given Walker a fake number.

Fried and a Paramount rep confirmed to the Daily Beast that it was definitely Walker on the phone. The Stephen Colbert-produced show has pranked other political figures, including Rudy Giuliani. Walker, who has never worked in law enforcement, was mocked last week after he produced what he said was a "legit badge" from the Johnson County sheriff during a debate in Georgia. Walker campaign staffers say the controversy over the honorary deputy sheriff's badge has helped them highlight Walker's support from law enforcement. The Hill reports that Florida Senate candidate Rep. Val Demings, former chief of the Orlando Police Department, tweeted a photo of herself holding her police badge before her Tuesday debate with Sen. Marco Rubio. "This one's real," the Democrat said. (Read more Herschel Walker stories.)

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