Trump will attend a rally with a candidate accused of sexual assault

Former President Donald Trump, pictured during a 2021 rally in Georgia, has a long history of supporting troublesome public figures afp_tickers

This content was published on April 29, 2022 – 16:45

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Former US President Donald Trump is scheduled to take part in a rally on Sunday to endorse a candidate accused of sexually assaulting eight women, including a state senator.

Charles Herbster, a 67-year-old ranching billionaire who has denied the allegations, is running for governor of Nebraska.

The event, initially scheduled for this Friday near Omaha, was postponed for two days due to a bad weather alert in the region, explained Donald Trump’s “Save America” ​​organization.

“Due to inclement weather, with possible 60+ mph winds, hailstorms and possibly even tornadoes, I will not be traveling to Nebraska tonight,” the former president wrote in a statement, announcing that he will do so on Sunday morning. night “weather permitting”.

State Sen. Julie Slama told the Nebraska Examiner two weeks ago that Herbster had lifted her skirt and groped her during an event in 2019. Seven other women anonymously accused him of misconduct.

“I’m not looking for media attention or any other benefit. I just wasn’t going to lie and say it didn’t happen,” Slama, who was 22 when it happened, said in a statement.

Herbster, whose fortune comes in part from selling bull semen, was described as the “special guest speaker” by organizers of Trump’s “Save America” ​​rally at a racetrack near Omaha.

Trump aides briefed the former president earlier this month on those allegations, according to Politico, but the Republican leader pushed for Herbster to defend himself.

The millionaire rancher has called the scandal a “smear campaign” similar to attempts to attack Trump, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than two dozen women.

Trump, 75, has in the past supported other personalities accused of misconduct, including former White House adviser Rob Porter after he was fired over allegations of beating two of his ex-wives.

The race for the Republican nomination for Nebraska governor on May 10 is a three-way fight between Herbster, billionaire hog farmer Jim Pillen and state Sen. Brett Lindstrom.

Trump’s support for Herbster angered much of the Republican groups in Nebraska, a state in which the New York tycoon won in 2020.

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Trump will attend a rally with a candidate accused of sexual assault