Former President Donald Trump took aim at multiple Nebraska Republicans over the weekend while holding a rally in their home state in support of embattled GOP gubernatorial hopeful Charles Herbster.
The 45th president was scheduled to visit the Cornhusker State on Friday, but severe weather caused the event to be rescheduled for Sunday evening. Herbster's campaign, which had already roiled many in Nebraska's political establishment, has been put in jeopardy in the wake of a recent report accusing the agribusiness executive of sexual misconduct.
The Nebraska Examiner published a piece in mid-April in which eight women, including a state senator who spoke on the record, alleged that Herbster touched them inappropriately. Numerous women told the outlet that the Nebraska Republican would grope them after they greeted him or posed for a photo. Herbster has adamantly denied the allegations and is suing some of his accusers. He has also suggested the allegations were politically motivated.
Trump has faced his own slew of sexually depraved accusations, which range from sexual harassment to rape, all of which he denies. He repeatedly addressed the claims against Herbster at the rally, saying he traveled to support his longtime friend because he was being "badly maligned and it's a shame."
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"He's been my friend for 30 years," he continued. "He's the most innocent human being. He's the last person to do any of this stuff. And even the stuff they're accusing him of — what do they say? He talked to somebody? He talked. It's a disgrace what they've done."
Following his defense of Herbster, Trump turned his ire toward Sen. Ben Sasse and Rep. Don Bacon, two prominent Nebraska Republicans who have occasionally sparred with the former president.
With regard to Sasse, Trump called the senator a "total embarrassment" who was leaving the state "poorly represented" before discussing how they met.
The two met, according to Trump, after his 2016 presidential victory, when he visited Congress to meet with the Senate GOP conference. At the time, he said, Sasse "started off so nasty to me."
During the meeting, Sasse apparently asked Trump "what do you know about the military" in such a tone that the then-president took it as "a nasty question."
After finding out who Sasse was, the newly elected president said he thought the young Nebraska senator was "a fresh son of a b****." He added that their relationship remained negative for the first year of his presidency and claimed it only began to change once Sasse was in the market for an endorsement.
Shortly after Trump said he reluctantly endorsed his GOP foe, the senator went public with a major policy disagreement, lambasting the 45th president for pulling U.S. troops from Germany over the country being late on its payments to NATO.
"I'll never forget it — the guy wins his election and then he hits me," the president said. "So a little Ben Sasse is bad news."
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Trump offered Bacon a similar label, saying, "Another one who I think is bad news is your guy Don Bacon. I think he's bad news. I hope you vote like hell against that guy. He's bad news. He's always chirping in the background, never constructive. Just another wise guy like little Ben Sasse.”
Sasse voted to convict the outgoing president in his second Senate impeachment trial, breaking with Trump over his claims of a rigged election in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Trump's problem with Bacon is a bit less clear because the House Republican voted against the articles of impeachment.