One would think that Donald Trump’s endorsement goes a long way. He won the state in 2020’s election by nearly 20 points. And Charles Herbster is deeply connected to the former President. In addition to being a mega-bucks donor to Trump, his campaign was run by Corey Lewandowski and Kellyanne Conway.
Trump’s endorsement of Herbster was not without controversy. Like Trump, the agribusiness millionaire was recently accused of groping multiple women. Herbster’s opponent, Jim Pillen, had the backing of Nebraska’s Republican governor Pete Ricketts who had asked the former President to stay out of the race. And now Pillen has come out on top in the primary.
Trump, of course, was unable to stay out of the race. His power in the party is largely dependent on the strength of his endorsements. He also defended Herbster from the groping claims, saying during a rally, “I have to defend my friends, I have to defend people that are good. These are malicious charges to derail him long enough that the election can go by before the proper defense can be put forward.”
Trump endorsed for Nebraska Governor Charles Herbster a man who groped at least 8 women
This dirtbag just got trounced in the primary and lost bigly, dealing Trump his 1st primary defeat this yr
Good f’ing riddance
The last thing we need is another “grab em by a pussy” Trumper
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) May 11, 2022
The race was close, with Pillen coming out on top by around 10,000 votes. A third candidate, Brett Lindstrom, won 25.8% of the vote.
As often happens when he backs a loser, Trump is unlikely to mention the race again.
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