Conservative Controversies & Scandals

Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • Donald Trump called Ukraine by the wrong name and one that Ukrainians immensely dislike during a meeting with President Petro Poroshenko. Trump stated that it was a "great honor to be with President Poroshenko of the Ukraine." Ukrainians dislike when people say "the" before Ukraine because of its geopolitical implications and the country's history of being a USSR satellite state during the Cold War.
  • White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer forced the press to turn off all audio and video devices before holding the daily press briefing and instead only allowed them to write down everything on paper.
  • Donald Trump bragged about the Panama Canal "doing quite well" during a meeting with the country's President. Trump talked about how well the Panama Canal was built, but left out the fact that it was built over 100 years ago and that the country of Panama has fully controlled the canal since December 31, 1999.
  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team is investigating Donald Trump for potentially obstructing justice once he fired former FBI Director James Comey. Mueller's team will be interviewing Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers’s recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett to help determine if Trump interfered in Comey's FBI investigation and whether he obstructed justice if he did interfere. Update: Donald Trump confirmed in a early morning tweet that he was under investigation.
  • Donald Trump seemed to confirm that he was under investigation for obstruction of justice during an early morning tweet storm lambasting the FBI investigation into his 2016 campaign and its potential dealings with the Russian government. Trump tweeted: "They [the FBI] made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice"
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to disclose that he had two dinners with a Russian lobbyist during the 2016 Presidential campaign while under oath. When asked if he had any “any contacts with any representative, including any American lobbyist or agent of any Russian company” during the 2016 campaign he responded "I don't believe so" and didn't disclose the two dinners with Richard Burt, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany who now lobbies for a pipeline company owned by the Russian government.
  • Donald Trump blocked VoteVets.org, a major national veterans group that has roughly 500,000 members, from his Twitter page after they questioned one of his tweets attacking the media. The group was responding to a tweet from Trump where he said "Fake News Media has never been so wrong or so dirty" and accused journalists of using "phony sources to meet their agenda of hate" and retorted with "You're describing your road to the White House to a T" and accusing the president of "colluding with an adversary of the United States." Trump blocked the group mere minutes later.
  • Donald Trump accused former FBI Director James Comey of lying under oath, which is a felony. Trump tweeted ""Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!" However, Trump did not say what, exactly, Comey supposedly lied about.
  • Marc Kasowitz, Donald Trump's personal lawyer, released an official letter in response to former FBI Director Jim Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that was riddled with spelling errors. He referred to President Trump as Predisent, misspelled DNI Director Dan Coats name, and added a second period at the end of one sentence.
  • Donald Trump demanded former FBI Director James Comey pledge his loyalty to him during a private dinner less than a week after Trump's inauguration. Comey refused and simply pledged to always be honest with Mr. Trump. Trump didn't accept that at first and brought the issue up at least twice more during the dinner. Update: Former FBI Director James Comey swore under oath during a Senate hearing that Donald Trump did, in fact, ask him to pledge his loyalty.
  • Donald Trump took money meant for St. Jude's Children's Hospital and transferred it to the Trump Organization, a "charity" that has come under major scrutiny by state and federal regulators. Trump's son Eric hosts an annual charity golf event for St. Jude at his fathers golf course in Westchester County, New York and boasts that all the money goes to help children suffering from cancer, but financial documents show that over a million dollars were actually sent to his fathers "charity."
  • Donald Trump's son, Eric, claimed that Donald Trump's critics are "not even people" during an interview with conservative Fox News host Sean Hannity. He went on to blame the Democratic Party (which is in the minority in both the House and Senate) for sabotaging his dad's agenda.
  • Donald Trump's sons, Eric and Donald Jr., went on "Good Morning America" to promote a new hotel chain in Mississippi that is based off his campaign slogan. The chain, "American Idea,” is opening three hotels in the state that overwhelmingly voted for their dad, but the two sons insist they aren't trying to profit off their fathers Presidency.
  • At least four major law firms have turned down a request to represent Donald Trump in the Russian investigation because they believed that Trump would be unwilling to listen to their advice. Brendan Sullivan of Williams & Connolly; Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Paul Clement and Mark Filip of Kirkland & Ellis; and Robert Giuffra of Sullivan & Cromwell all turned down White House requests to represent Donald Trump.
  • Donald Trump lashed out at Democrats and blamed them for blocking his nominations to various posts in the Federal government, but many of those posts remain unfilled because Trump hasn't nominated anyone to fill them. Trump also left out the fact that Republicans hold the majority in the Senate and they have the ability to push through any nominee with a simple majority vote.
  • Donald Trump unleashed multiple tweets in a matter of minutes that strongly criticized the Department of Justice for "watering down" his travel ban on six majority Muslim countries. The White House has constantly claimed that Trump's order wasn't a travel ban, but Donald Trump directly contradicted official White House statements and the position of the Department of Justice by tweeting: "People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!”
  • Donald Trump made up the word "covfefe" on a tweet that he sent out at 12:06am while complaining about the negative press he receives. Trump tweeted again six hours later and asked his followers to figure out the definition of "covfefe," which isn't an actual word.
  • Donald Trump lashed out at Germany, one of Americas most powerful allies, via Twitter and said that the relationship between the two countries was "very bad" for the United States before threatening that the relationship "will change" without elaborating further.
  • Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, asked Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak if he was willing to set up a secret communications channel with the Kremlin and if they could use Russian diplomatic facilities within the United States.
  • Donald Trump physically shoved the Prime Minister of Montenegro aside so he could be in the front row of a photo being taken at a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium. Trump was towards the middle of the pack of the group of leaders from NATO nations when he put his hands on Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and shoved him aside.