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Former president Donald Trump held a rally in Nebraska on Sunday where he spoke for almost two hours as he made the case for voters to elect a Republican gubernatorial candidate who is accused of sexually assaulting several women.
Trump appeared in the city of Greenwood, northeast of Lincoln, together with Charles Herbster a local businessman who is now a Nebraska candidate for governor.
But he also accidentally endorsing the wrong Ohio candidate for Senate during his rant.
Former president Donald Trump held a rally in Nebraska on Sunday where he spoke for almost two hours
‘He’s the most innocent human’: Trump defended the Nebraska governor candidate, Charles Herbster, pictured center, accused of groping several women including a state senator
Trump mixed up the names of J.D. Vance, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio, and former State Treasurer Josh Mandel
‘We’ve endorsed Dr.Oz. We’ve endorsed JP right? JD Mandell. He’s doing great.’
Venture capitalist JD Vance is running for a senate seat in Ohio, as is former Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel.
The rally, held at the I-80 Speedway, was postponed from Friday when storms forced the event to be called off.
Herbster helped to advise Trump on his agricultural policy when he was in office.
Photographs of the two together feature prominently in Herbster’s promotional material.
Herbster also donated to his campaigns. The former president did not hold back on his gushing endorsement.
‘He’s been maligned. He’s been badly maligned and it’s a shame. That’s why I came out here. I defend people when I know they’re good. He’s a good man. He was with us from the beginning. He’s been my friend for 30 years, he’s an innocent human being.’
Trump’s endorsement of Herbster, who has never held public office, is seen as another example of the former president taking a gamble on an ultra-loyalist, rather than better connected opponents.
But it could be enough to turn Herbster into a real contender in a state that heavily backed Trump in 2020.
‘Charles W. Herbster has been a tremendous supporter of America First and Make America Great Again, right from the beginning,’ said Trump in his endorsement.
‘He is running for governor of the great state of Nebraska and will do a fantastic job.
‘A proud native of Nebraska, Charles is an extraordinarily successful businessman who will fight for our farmers and ranchers, support our military and vets, and protect and defend your under siege Second Amendment rights.’
Trump spoke for almost two hours as he riffed off the crowd while using a teleprompter
Trump made the case for voters to elect a Republican gubernatorial candidate, Charles Herbster, who is accused of sexually assaulting several women. He is pictured at Sunday’s rally
Last month, the Nebraska Examiner reported how eight women, including a state senator, accused Herbster of touching them inappropriately as well as groping.
Several women told the paper that Herbster touched them inappropriately as they attended a meet and greet and posed for a photograph.
Republican State Senator Julie Slama, alleged how Herbster reached up her skirt touching her inappropriately and without consent as she walked by him in a crowded ballroom in 2019.
A former aide to a state senator, Elizabeth Todsen, alleged Herbster grabbed her buttocks at the same event.
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell (R) greets Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster during a rally hosted by former President Donald Trump at the I-80 Speedway
Trump appeared onstage at the rally for almost two hours and went through a ‘greatest hits’ of talking points
Before Trump spoke, Herbster took to the stage took a moment to address the allegations suggesting they had come about because the ‘political establishment’ did not want him to win.
‘They are trying to scare me out of this race and it’s not going to happen. We are going to take back Nebraska,’ Herbster said.
Herbster has released a series of television ads denying the accusations.
‘I respect all women, all females across this land,’ Herbster said. ‘The number of calls and text messages and prayers coming in to me has been absolutely overwhelming.’
Herbster’s campaign mirrors a line used by Trump as he promises to ‘make Nebraska great again’.
Trump said Herbster was ‘a very good man.’
Herbster took to the stage on Sunday speaking for around half an hour on several topics, including critical race theory.
Herbster promised that he will ensure the controversial topic will not be taught in Nebraska universities.
The gubernatorial candidate also outlined his position on illegal immigration.
Herbster said he welcomes immigrants so long as they enter the United States legally.
Herbster also talked about China and said he will not allow the country to buy land in the Cornhusker State.
He also said he plans to ensure election security in Nebraska.
Speaking of the groping allegations, Herbster said the accusations ‘lack even a shred of credibility’ and have damaged his reputation
One of Herbster’s email addresses was among millions dumped online by hackers who accessed accounts of users of Ashley Madison, a website that advertised itself as catering to married people looking to have discreet affairs
Last month it was revealed how an email address linked Herbster was used to set up an account on the cheating website Ashley Madison.
The address was among millions released by hackers in 2015.
The revelation will increase scrutiny of Herbster’s troubled campaign.
Speaking of the groping allegations, Herbster said the accusations ‘lack even a shred of credibility’ and have damaged his reputation.
Herbster, a wealthy cattle breeder and loyal Trump ally, launched his candidacy last year and used the email address [email protected] on his official filing with the Nebraska secretary of state.
The same address was in the huge trove of Ashley Madison data dumped online by hackers, according to an independent analysis conducted by a cybersecurity expert for DailyMail.com.
Earlier this month, Nebraska State Senator Julie Slama accused Herbster of putting his hand up her skirt at a public event. Herbster denies the accusation and has launched legal action
Log-on information associated with the Herbster email address shows the account was accessed from an IP address linked to Verizon Wireless, at a location that corresponds to Kansas City International Airport.
Among Herbster’s business interests is Conklin Company, which manufactures more than 130 products, including roofing and agriculture products, such as fertilizers and motor oil, and has its administrative offices in Kansas City, Missouri.
He also owns Herbster Angus Farms, a cattle breeding business. In 2019 he spent a record $1.5m on an Angus bull.
Proving who used particular email addresses, and whether the user signed up for an Ashley Madison account, is notoriously difficult.
But the [email protected] address is listed in connection with Herbster Angus Farms in directories, as well as documents used to file his run for governor.
Herbster has been married twice, and his second wife Judith died in 2017.
The details will raise fresh questions for Herbster, whose campaign makes much of his born-again Christian credentials, business experience and relationship with Trump.
His campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment until after this story was published.
‘This is clearly another attempt by the fake news to smear Charles,’ said spokesperson Emily Novotny.
‘Charles 100% denies ever using Ashley Madison or creating an account.’
Former President Donald Trump arrives for a rally at the I-80 Speedway on Sunday
The outgoing Republican governor Pete Ricketts has said Herbster would a ‘terrible’ choice and has thrown his weight behind rival candidate University of Nebraska regent Jim Pillen.
The rally also saw the participation of two conservative activists who have continued to falsely claim the 2020 election was rigged and stolen from Trump, MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell and Republican activist David Bossie.
Trump appeared onstage at the rally for almost two hours and went through a ‘greatest hits’ of talking points.
He spoke freely about the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan last August while praising his own administration’s delivery of the coronavirus vaccines through Operation Warp Speed.
While speaking about the pandemic Trump he took a moment to mock Chief Medical Advisor Anthony Fauci and his flip-flopping on face masks.
He noted how he did the right thing by supporting Republican governors who decided to keep their states open rather than enforce lockdowns.
Around 2,000 people gathered to hear the former president speak on Sunday afternoon
Nebraska candidate for governor Charles Herbster greets guests before the start of the rally
Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster speaks during a rally at the I-80 Speedway
Former NFL player Jack Brewer, left, embraces Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster during prayer at the rally
Trump appeared at the rally to support Charles Herbster in the Nebraska gubernatorial race
Trump appeared wearing his signature red baseball cap at Sunday’s Nebraska rally
He got the crowd chanting ‘Joe’s gotta go’ as he criticized the Biden’s administration’s handling of the war in Ukraine.
‘This could be a very dangerous thing where we have incompetent people running things. I never realized how important being president was until we have someone who goes over to Europe and embarrasses our country.’
‘Joe Biden and the radical left have turned calm into chaos, competence into incompetence, stability into anarchy, prosperity into poverty and security into catastrophe, otherwise they’re doing a fantastic job.
‘The election was rigged and stolen. Such stupid decisions are being made because of it, including the border, including Afghanistan.
‘Our movement must continue to pursue a populist and nationalist economic agenda that puts working families before globalist politicians, that are fools, and corrupt multinational corporations,’ Trump said to cheers at one point.
Former President Donald Trump is seen speaking to supporters during a rally in Greenwood, Nebraska
Nebraska Senate candidate Charles W. Herbster with former President Donald Trump in a photo from his Facebook page
Merchandise is offered for sale at a rally hosted by former President Donald Trump
Campaign posters supporting Nebraska candidate for governor Charles Herbster decorate the grounds of the I-80 Speedway prior to the start of the rally