Trump-backed Nebraska Gov. candidate faces groping allegations from state GOP senator and several other women
A Nebraska Republican gubernatorial candidate is facing groping allegations from a Republican senator, along with seven other women.
According to HuffPost, Charles Herbster —who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has reportedly described himself as "a born-again Christian" and as a “tremendous supporter of America First”— is at the center of severe allegations that he has made an effort to refute.
The incident in question, which was initially reported by a witness, happened at the “Elephant Remembers” ballroom dinner organized by Douglas County Republican Party, according to The Nebraska Examiner. Sen. Julie Slama (R-Neb.) also confirmed the incident happen and alleged Herbster: “reached up her skirt without her consent and touched her inappropriately.” The first witness and two others also confirmed Herbster groped another woman attending the event.
To make matters worse, reports suggest the incident is not isolated.
Per HuffPost: "Six other women have also since reported similar assaults. All the incidents happened between 2017 and this year, according to the Examiner, which corroborated six of eight reports with witness accounts."
On Thursday, April 15, Herbster took to Twitter to address the allegations. Describing them as "libelous fake news.” Herbster also added, “I’ve respected and empowered women to run my company, my farm, and now my campaign.”
However, all 13 of Nebraska's state female senators, which include 5 Republican lawmakers, also released a statement pushing back against Herbster's claim while acknowledging the “highly credible, corroborated allegations.”
“We commend the brave women who have stepped forward to tell the truth about what they endured at the hands of Charles Herbster, including our friend and colleague, Senator Julie Slama,” said the statement.
It concluded, “Sexual assault is despicable and damaging. This is not a question of politics — it is an issue of character and basic human decency.” Herbster’s actions “make him unfit to serve."
Every female Nebraska State Senator has now said Charles Herbster is unfit to serve as governor. \n\nThis includes five Republicans.pic.twitter.com/ys6tIBmJ11— Jon Kipper (@Jon Kipper) 1649954160
Although Herbster has never held public office, the Conklin Company CEO is the Republican frontrunner and he reportedly attended the "Save America" rally on Jan. 6 along with a number of Trump's allies.
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