Conservative Controversies & Scandals

Top\Worst Republican Controversies

  • 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 shared the highest level of classified information about the Islamic State with the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador during a meeting with the two in the oval office. The individual who provided the information did not give the Trump White House permission to share it with Russia and it is very possible that the source is now compromised. Government officials, speaking confidentially, claimed that the information Trump passed along was so secret that it hasn't been shared with our closest allies.
  • Donald Trump told a Reuters journalist that he thought being President would be easier and that he missed his old life of luxury. Trump said that he "loved [his] previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."
  • Dozens of high ranking Republican Senators, House Members, and Governors have called for Donald Trump's resignation after it was reported that Trump was recorded on audio tape bragging about being able to kiss and grope women against their will because he said that "when you’re a star, they let you do it.” In the tape he also discussed a failed attempt to have sex with a married women and expressed exasperation for being turned down even after he "moved on her very heavily."
  • When it came to the handling of frequent protests at his rallies, Trump said he was tired of "political correctness." After watching a protester fight with rally-goers, Trump said that it was " really amazing to watch." As one protester was being forcefully ejected ,Trump said "Try not to hurt him. If you do I'll defend you in court."
  • During oral arguments at a Supreme Court case on affirmative action and the use of race in college admissions, Justice Antonin Scalia suggested that black students are being "pushed into schools that are too advanced for them" and that they should take a “slower track” in their education.
  • Two Fox News contributors, Ralph Peters and Stacey Dash, were suspended after they said curse words while criticizing President Obama's approach to fighting ISIS. Peters called the President "a total pussy" and Dash said she felt the President "could give a shit" [sic].
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell removed language guaranteeing a permanent extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The law provides health coverage to 9/11 first responders, but is due to run out of money at the end of the month. Senator McConnell removed a permanent extension of the law after Senate Democrats refused to agree to ending a longstanding ban on U.S. oil exports.
  • Donald Trump re-tweeted a graphic he lifted from a Neo-Nazi that falsely claimed African Americans kill 81% of Caucasians in America. The actual number is much lower at 13.7%. The graphic also claimed that African Americans who kill someone of their own race was at 97%, but the actual number is also much lower at 62.2%. In fact, every single statistic on the graphic is wildly inaccurate.
  • Newly elected House Majority Whip Steve Scalise spoke at a White Supremacist conference in 2002, during his tenure as a state representative in Louisiana. Representative Scalise spoke at a workshop designed "to teach the most effective and up-to-date methods of civil rights and heritage related activism." Scalise insists he didn't know that he was speaking to a hate group and says that he used to speak to any group that would hear him talk abo'ut his dislike of 'slush funds.'
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott refused to take the debate stage for over four minutes in protest over a small fan that Charlie Crist was using. The Governor claimed that Crist broke the rules of the debate, but the Crist campaign released a signed document showing otherwise.
  • The Palin family was involved in a verbal and physical altercation at a birthday party they recently attend in Alaska. Multiple witnesses have come forward and claimed the brawl started shortly after the family arrived in their stretch hummer and Palin's son Track spotted a former boyfriend of Willow Palin. The witnesses say it only escalated from there with "Palin women screaming. Palin men thumping their chests. Word is that Bristol has a particularly strong right hook, which she employed repeatedly." The Palin's were then asked to leave the party by the owner of the house, who was reportedly struck by Bristol Palin a number of times. No charges have been filed as of yet, but the police say they are investigating the brawl and will release more information at a later date.
  • Representative Tom Cotton aired a television advertisement accusing President Obama of hijacking "the farm bill and turn[ing] it into a food stamp bill." He went on to say that is the reason why he voted against the bill. This blatantly misleading advertisement neglects to inform his audience that the Farm Bill has always had provisions in it that pay for the Food Stamp program, as well as direct payments to American farmers. He also mislead his audience because the 2013 bill actually cut the budget for the Food Stamp program.
  • Fox & Friends created a graphic that appears to be directly lifted from the logo of a popular video game. The show used the graphic a number of times when discussing the recent uptick of Central American children attempting to cross into the United States. To add insult to injury, the image Fox & Friends lifted is from a video game depicting a fictional city run by a religious zealot who populated his city with individuals who "literally worship America’s Founding Fathers and uses American iconography to rile up his citizens in support of a war with all of the heathens of the world that aren’t a part of his flying city."
  • McLaughlin & Associates, a polling company Eric Cantor paid over $75,000 to conduct survey's about the congressman's reelection campaign, predicted the congressman would win his primary election by 34 percentage points. Cantor later went on to lose his primary by nearly ten percentage points, meaning the firm's estimate was off by 44 percentage points.
  • Shortly before Blackwater security guards killed seventeen unarmed civilians in Iraq, their top manager in the country got in a fight with a State Department investigator and threatened he could kill the investigator without any facing any consequence. Instead of scolding Blackwater for over reaching, American Embassy officials sided with the company and ordered the State Department investigators to leave Iraq. The investigators then wrote a prophetic report saying Blackwater felt they were above the law and that "management structures in place to manage and monitor our contracts in Iraq have become subservient to the contractors themselves.”
  • Glen Beck's radio show aired a sexist skit mocking the college rape epidemic to show that there is no rape problem at our universities nationwide. Beck's skit accused the President of expanding the definition of rape for political purposes and brought on a man in a wig to poke fun of all the ways a woman claims she was raped. The skit was originally aired a week before a college student went on a shooting rampage over his inability to get a girlfriend, but was re-aired shortly after the shooting because Beck wanted to rebut those who were saying that there was a problem with violence against women in America.
  • The House Energy and Commerce Committee conducted a survey of health insurance companies which was designed to produce results unfavorable to the Obama Administration and not reflect the actual enrollment numbers for Obamacare. The survey only asked companies to provide numbers of individuals who have paid their first premium and those who have not, but made the companies produce their results two weeks before the deadline for millions of individuals to make their first payments.
  • Legal experts say Justice Antonin Scalia erred in his dissent in the 6-2 decision Tuesday to uphold the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate coal pollution that moves across state lines. The Reagan-appointed jurist argued that the majority's decision was inconsistent with a unanimous 2001 ruling which he mistakenly said shot down EPA efforts to consider costs when setting regulations.
  • In the summer of 2013, according to multiple sources, Shepard Smith approached Fox News president Roger Ailes about publicly coming out. The anchor was eager to finally acknowledge his sexuality. Ailes informed Smith that the network’s famously conservative audience would not tolerate a gay news anchor. Ailes’ answer was definitive: Smith could not say he’s gay. The discussion worried enough Fox executives to prompt Smith’s removal, in September 2013, from the channel’s prime-time lineup. According to a Fox insider with direct knowledge of negotiations, Smith’s desire to come out was a large factor in the dramatic move.