Trump attends rally for candidates charged with sexual assault

Former US President Donald Trump is scheduled to attend meetings Sunday with a Republican candidate for governor of Nebraska accused of sexual assault by eight women, including a local elected official.

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The meeting, originally scheduled for Friday near Omaha, was postponed by two days due to a severe weather alert in the region, said Donald Trump’s Save America organization.

“Due to inclement weather, including the possibility of winds in excess of 60 miles per hour, hailstorms and even possible tornadoes, I will not be traveling to Nebraska tonight,” the former president wrote in a press release announcing his arrival Sunday night, ” weather permitting”.

Charles Herbster, a 67-year-old multimillionaire who made his fortune in agriculture, denies the allegations, which have sparked controversy in this rural and conservative state.

Elected to the State Senate, Julie Slama said daily Investigate Nebraska that the contestant lifted her skirt and engaged in petting at a public event in 2019. Seven other women, who preferred to remain anonymous, also accused him.

“I’m not seeking media attention or any benefit, I just didn’t want to lie and say it didn’t happen,” she said in a statement, adding that she was 22 at the time.

Charles Herbster, whose fortune stems in part from the sale of bull semen, is due to speak near Omaha alongside the ex-president, who has also been accused of sexual assault or harassment by several women in recent years.

According to website Politico, Donald Trump was briefed on the charges against the Nebraska candidate, yet reiterated his support for him by urging him to defend himself.

In his statement, Mr. Trump thanked Charles Herbster for his “professional work with us” and concluded: “See you Sunday!”

Mr. Herbster, a former presidential agriculture adviser, dismissed the allegations, which he described as a “smear campaign” and “politically motivated lies.”

Donald Trump, a key figure in the Republican Party, has supported several figures whose reputations have been tarnished by allegations of assault or harassment, including Rob Porter, a White House aide who was forced to resign in 2018 after allegations of violence by his former wives became.

He also supported former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was charged in 2018 with attempted sexual assault as a high school student in the 1980s.

Before Mr. Kavanaugh, he had defended Roy Moore, the Republican Senate nominee in Alabama, who was accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls when he was in his 30s. Mr. Moore had lost the election in a state nonetheless acquired.

Charles Herbster faces two other candidates in the Republican primary taking place on May 10th.

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