Conservative Controversies & Scandals

Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is skipping a major NATO summit in Brussels and meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Washington, D.C. instead. The move has been described as "unprecedented" by a former US ambassador to NATO and "an unmitigated disaster" by another NATO expert. American allies have expressed concern that America is beginning to show they are not as committed to the NATO alliance and Tillerson's skipping of the conference and meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin later in April before he is set to meet with any of the NATO allies again.
  • Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, secretly worked with and received millions of dollars from a Russian oligarch to implement a plan that would "greatly benefit the Putin Government." Manafort was paid to develop and execute a strategy to "influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and former Soviet republics to benefit President Vladimir Putin's government."
  • Donald Trump's transition team asked the Pentagon for photographs of various military vehicles that could be showcased during his inauguration parade. The Pentagon rebuffed Trump's request and said that military vehicles could not be used. Update: Trump initially denied this report, but leaked e-mails show that the conversation between the Trump team and the Pentagon did, in fact, take place.
  • Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, is accused of laundering money he received from overthrown Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and funneling the money to offshore bank accounts in Belize and Kyrgyzstan. Manafort had business dealing with the deposed leader, but the money laundering allegations only came to light after a Ukrainian lawmaker in the current parliament released them.
  • Six federal law enforcement agencies are conducting an investigation into whether Donald Trump and his campaign illegally accepted money from the Russian government. Trump's campaign is being investigated for taking money that was supposed to be given to Russian-American pensioners and instead funneling it to hackers who released stolen information that was damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign. Update: FBI Director James Comey publicly confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation into Trump's campaign and even Trump himself concerning their interactions with the Russian government during the Presidential campaign.
  • Donald Trump accused President Obama of ordering an illegal wiretap in Trump Tower during the election season. Trump sent a series of tweets that read "Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!", "Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!", and then finished with "How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!" Multiple sources have come forward publicly to state that there is zero evidence to back up Trump's claims.
  • Donald Trump falsely accused Germany of not paying their fair share to NATO and then falsely claimed that money was owed to the United States. Trump tweeted "Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!" The money countries pay into NATO go into the NATO defense fund and not the treasury of the United States.
  • Donald Trump justified another weekend trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort by claiming that he was going to have a "major meeting" with Veterans Affairs officials over the weekend, but that meeting never took place and the White House did not explain why the meeting was cancelled mere hours after Donald Trump announced it.
  • Russian elites own nearly $100 million dollars worth of property in the United States sold to them by the Trump organization. Trump repeatedly claimed that he had no business connections to Russia, but never explicitly said that Russian oligarchs haven't invested in his properties.
  • Sebastian Gorka, a top national security adviser to Donald Trump, wore a medal given to him from a far-right Hungarian group with links to Nazi Germany during an inaugural ball for Donald Trump. Gorka wore a medal from the Hungarian Order or Heroes, a group that collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II.
  • Roger Stone, a top informal adviser to Donald Trump, accused the "deep state" of trying to kill him multiple times via poison and in a car crash. Stone appeared on Alex Jones’s conspiracy theory radio show to claim that the "deep state" has "poisoned me, they have smeared me, and someone in a car tried to kill me."
  • Donald Trump's personal attorney seemed to threaten MSNBC host Joe Scarborough after the host suggested on Twitter that Trump may have been the person who leaked his 2005 taxes to the press. Scarborough suggested that Trump may have leaked the information to distract from Congressional hearings into Russian involvement in the 2016 election, which prompted Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney, to reply with a threat suggesting that Scarborough "better have proof to back up your claim and big mouth!"
  • Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, who was also Donald Trump's campaign chairman for the state of Oklahoma, was caught in a motel room with an underage boy after police were asked to conduct a "welfare check at a local hotel." Police proceeded to find Shortey at a Super 8 motel room with the minor boy. The police are recommending that Shortey be charged with soliciting prostitution of a minor, prostitution within 1,000 feet of church and transporting purpose of prostitution.
  • Breitbart News, the website Steve Bannon used to run, released a leaked audio recording of Speaker Paul Ryan bashing Donald Trump during the campaign and saying that he is "not going to defend Donald Trump — not now, not in the future." Bannon is now Donald Trump's senior adviser in the White House.
  • Monica Crowley, a former adviser to Donald Trump who was forced to leave her position at the National Security Council after reports that she plagiarized her book in 2012, was just hired to represent a Ukrainian Oligarch who has close ties with Russia, Crowley has long advocated for America to have closer ties to the Russian government.
  • A man in Florida tried to burn down a convenience store because he thought the owner was a Muslim, but the owner was in fact of Indian descent. Richard Leslie Lloyd, the man who is accused of setting the fire, told sheriffs deputies that he set the fire because he wanted to "run the Arabs out of our country."
  • Donald Trump fired 46 District Attorneys appointed by President Obama after initially suggesting that they would be able to remain at the posts under his Administration. One of the DA's, Preet Bharara of the powerful district that covers Manhattan Island, was conducting an investigation into Fox News and also whether or not President Trump has violated the Enoluments Clause of the Constitution, which bars government officials from taking payment from foreign governments. Update: Preet Bharara refused to resign and was subsequently fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
  • White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed that Donald Trump believes that the jobs reports that were produced during the Obama Administration were false, but are accurate now. When responding a question about Trump's glowing reaction to the February jobs report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Spicer said that he spoke to Trump and that he said that it "may have been phony in the past, but it's very real now."
  • White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer agreed with a reporter who asked him if Donald Trump believes “there’s such a thing as the deep state actively working to undermine the President.” Spicer, while not using the words "deep state" in his response, left no doubt that Donald Trump does believe that Obama leftovers who "espouse the agenda of the previous administration," want to "continue to seek it" during the Trump era.
  • A Trump campaign employee who landed a job at the Department of Energy after his inauguration tweeted multiple racist and anti-Islamic Tweets during the campaign and after Trump's election. Sid Bowdidge, whose official position at the DOE is "assistant to the secretary." called for the extermination of Muslims after the San Bernardino shooting by writing "@CNN Scum suckling maggots of the world. Exterminate the all." This was one of many Tweets disparaging Muslims that Bowdidge. Update: Bowdidge has been fired from the DOE.