Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster speaks at CPAC on February 27, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Former President Donald Trump is set to campaign for a political ally accused of sexual assault. Again.
Since Trump endorsed longtime supporter Charles Herbster’s campaign for governor of Nebraska, several women have come forward to accuse Herbster of sexual harassment and assault, including a Republican senator who told the Nebraska Examiner that he pulled up her skirt and touched her inappropriately at a campaign event.
Trump’s response? A campaign rally for his beleaguered ally.
Trump is heading to Greenwood, Nebraska tonight to rally around Herbster in his competitive gubernatorial primary. Other speakers include former Trump aides Kellyanne Conway and David Bossie, American Conservative Union and CPAC chairman Matt Schlapp, and MyPillow CEO and conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell.
Eight women have accused Herbster, an agribusiness executive and major Trump donor, of sexual misconduct. An eyewitness confirmed the state senator’s account that Herbster inappropriately touched her to the Nebraska examiner, and six other women told the examiner he also touched them inappropriately. . A woman told the examiner that he forcibly kissed her. According to The – an email belonging to Herbster also created an account on the extramarital affairs website Ashley Madison.
Herbster denied the sexual harassment and assault charges and that Ashley Madison’s account was his.
Trump, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than two dozen women, has a long history of defending those accused of harassment and assault.
Most recently, he supported House candidate Monica De La Cruz in February, even though she was accused by her ex-husband of physically and verbally abusing her daughter. Trump also endorsed and rallied his former White House aide Max Miller, whose ex-girlfriend, former White House colleague Stephanie Grisham, accused him of physical and emotional abuse.
Last year, Trump failed to rescind his endorsement of Pennsylvania Senate nominee Sean Parnell when Parnell’s ex-wife accused him in court of strangling her and hitting their children. Parnell dropped out of the race when a judge sided with her.
And Trump backed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in 2017, even after the rest of the GOP walked away from him for claiming he sexually assaulted a teenager.
De La Cruz, Miller, Moore and Parnell have all denied the allegations against them.