Conservative Controversies & Scandals

Republican Controversies

  • 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'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!"
  • 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 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.
  • Donald Trump falsely claimed that 122 former gitmo detainees that President Obama released returned to the battlefield. The President, via Twitter, wrote: “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!” In reality, the vast majority of the prisoners who were released and then returned to the battlefield - 113 of the 122 - were actually released before President Obama took office in January of 2009.
  • Newly minted Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson seemed to compare immigrants in America to former slaves who were brought here against their will. Carson said "[t]here were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer, even harder, for less, but they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land."
  • President Trump signed a revised executive order banning people from six predominately Muslim countries from entering the United States for at least 90 days. Anyone who resides in Libya, Sudan, Syria, Iran, Yemen, and Somalia is prevented from entering the United States unless they are a current Visa holder. Other people who meet certain specific requirements are also apparently able to apply for a Visa on a case-by-case basis.
  • Press Secretary Sean Spicer cancelled a regular scheduled televised press briefing and instead invited a select group of reporters for an off camera discussion while at the same time deliberately excluding major outlets like CNN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Politico from the gathering. The Associated Press walked out in protest, but many other outlets stayed.
  • Attendees at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference were caught waving Russian flags with Donald Trump's name emblazoned on them during his speech to the conference. CPAC staff went around the conference and confiscated as many of them as they could, but not before multiple photographs showing dozens of people waiving the Russian flags were taken.
  • Donald Trump lamented "what happened last night in Sweden”during a rally in Florida. The problem is that there was no terrorist attack in Sweden in recent memory, let alone the day before Trump made the claim.
  • A leaked audio tape shows then President-elect Trump encouraging members of his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club to join him in the process of interviewing potential cabinet picks and other White House staff that were vying for a position in his administration. Trump also told his club members that they "are the special people."
  • Vice Admiral Robert Harward, Donald Trump's choice to replace Michael Flynn as his National Security Adviser, said that he will not accept the offer. Multiple sources cited Harward's inability to choose his own staff as the main reason, but he officially stated it was because of family reasons.
  • Donald Trump doesn't want his top secret daily brief to be long and insists that it is as short as possible. He also wants it to be easy to understand, according to a leaked memo outlining how Trump wants to receive his PDB. Trump also doesn't want to hear any dissenting information that may give more than one opinion on the classified topics discussed.
  • Six Trump Administrations officials were fired after they failed their FBI background checks. The officials were let go after the FBI determined their answers weren't sufficient to pass the Questionnaire for National Security Positions, also known as the SF86.
  • Donald Trump broke with decades of American foreign policy by publicly stating that he would be fine with a solution to the Israel-Palestinian crisis that only involves one state. It was difficult to parse what Donald Trump meant, but his full quote read: "So I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. [Netanyahu laughs.] I'm very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one. I thought for a while the two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two, but honestly, if Bibi and the Palestinians — if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I'm happy with the one they like the best."
  • The head of the United States military's Special Operations Command publicly criticized Donald Trump and his Administration over how he is governing the nation. He criticized Trump and his government for being in "unbelievable turmoil" and said he "hope[s] they sort it out soon because we're a nation at war."
  • The official Donald Trump inaugural print that Americans can buy from the Library of Congress contained an obvious spelling error. The quote read "No dream is too big, no challenge is to [sic] great. Nothing we want for the future is beyond our reach.”
  • Donald Trump's acquaintance at his Mar-a-Lago resort posted a picture of himself and the military aide tasked with carrying the "nuclear football" during a party Trump was hosting at the resort.