Conservative Controversies & Scandals

Republican Controversies

  • White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer grossly overestimated the number of people who attended Donald Trump's inauguration and number of people who watched it on television. He even suggested that it was the largest audience ever to witness one. In fact, the actual crowd at the inauguration was far smaller than many previous Presidential inaugurations and Nielsen Ratings reported that Trump drew 30.6 million viewers, which is far fewer than many previous inaugurations.
  • Donald Trump 's Twitter feed posted a photo of President Obama's 2009 inauguration as their first official background. The photograph of President Obama showed a much larger audience than what showed up for Mr. Trump's inauguration.
  • Donald Trump quoted a tweet that was meant for his daughter to another person named Ivanka. The person he accidentally retweeted then used her "15 minutes of fame" to tweet about global climate change and her frustration with Donald and the Republican Party for ignoring it.
  • The former MI6 agent who found potentially explosive information that Russia had compromising information on Donald Trump accused the FBI of "failing to take action on the intelligence" he provided them. Christopher Steele, the former agent, was at first hired to conduct opposition research on Trump, but claimed that he found such explosive evidence of Trump being compromised that he felt it was a matter of national security and informed the FBI and British intelligence agencies. He then accused the FBI of failing to properly investigate the information and even accused elements in the FBI of a cover up in order to help Trump win the election.
  • Donald Trump denigrated civil rights icon John Lewis and the district he represents after the congressman suggested Trump's victory wasn't legitimate due to Russian interference. Trump tweeted that "Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!"
  • Donald Trump accused the intelligence community of being like Nazi Germany and suggested they were using "fake news" to discredit him. Trump was upset that allegations concerning his ties to Russia were leaked and tweeted "Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?"
  • Donald Trump mixed in paid staffers among journalists at his press conference, which led the viewing audience to believe that journalists were cheering and jeering along with Trump. Journalists do not show emotion during press conferences or in any other setting with a politician, but the mixing of paid staffers among them may have had the public think otherwise.
  • Morgan Lewis & Bokius, the law firm representing Donald Trump's business interests, was rated as Russia's "Firm of the Year" award in 2016. The award was given to the firm for their “client service, preeminence in the relevant market, notable achievements over the past 12 months, outstanding work, and impressive strategic growth.”
  • Donald Trump's inaugural committee has broken with decades of precedent and has replaced Charles Brotman as the inauguration parade announcer. Brotman has announced every parade since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957 and told a local radio station that he was "heartbroken" that Trump decided to dump him for someone else.
  • Donald Trump reported $315 million in debt obligations to foreign entities during the Presidential campaign, but that number is far higher if you take into account the debts "lent to partnerships that are 30%-owned by him." The total of those debts is $1.5 billion spread throughout dozens of countries. As President, Trump will have the ability to appoint regulators who will be responsible for investigating and regulating the financial institutions that have lent him money which is something that can create a clear conflict of interest.
  • Donald Trump tweeted his disapproval with GM for making the Chevy Cruz in Mexico and threatened to make them pay "a big border tax" if they didn't begin building them in the United States. The problem with Trump's tweet is that GM already makes the automobile at a plant in Ohio. GM does have a plant in Mexico, but that plant exports the vast majority of its vehicles to other international markets outside of the United States.
  • Donald Trump wrote a bizarre tweet wishing his "many enemies" who voted against him a Happy New Year. The entire tweet read: "Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love!"
  • Carl Paladino, Donald Trump's New York campaign chairman, said that his wish for 2017 is seeing First Lady Michelle Obama "to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla." Paladino later claimed his wishes have nothing to do with race and blamed the press for refusing to criticize "2 progressive elitist ingrates who have hated their country so badly and destroyed its fabric in so many respects in 8 years.” Update: Paladino has been removed from the Buffalo Public School Board of Education following his comments.
  • Carl Paladino, Donald Trump's New York campaign chairman, said that his wish for 2017 is seeing President Obama contract mad cow disease and die before his trial for treason. Paladino later claimed his wishes have nothing to do with race and blamed the press for refusing to criticize "2 progressive elitist ingrates who have hated their country so badly and destroyed its fabric in so many respects in 8 years.” Update: Paladino has been removed from the Buffalo Public School Board of Education following his comments.
  • Boris Epshteyn, a senior adviser to Donald Trump, took a veiled swipe at President Obama by claiming that American voters elected "a real man." Epshteyn brushed off an interviewers question about the lack of star power at Trump's inauguration and instead claimed that the American people "elected a real man, a true man, a man who loves this country to the very bottom of his heart.”
  • The official Republican National Committee's Christmas statement appeared to compare the birth of Jesus with the election of Donald Trump. The statement read "Merry Christmas to all! Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King." The RNC denied the connection, but it's difficult to read the statement without coming to the conclusion that they were comparing the birth of Jesus to the "good news of a new king."
  • Donald Trump upended years of American foreign policy concerning nuclear weapons development by calling for a new arms race. Trump started the controversy by tweeting that "the United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes." When asked to clarify his comments he doubled down and said "[l]et it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all."
  • Donald Trump apparently thought that Senator Bob Corker was too short to be Secretary of State, which is one of the reasons he picked Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for the job. Multiple sources in the administration confirmed that Trump "placed heavy consideration on potential cabinet members' appearances."
  • Donald Trump will use a private security force as well as the Secret Service to protect him while he is President. The private force will be primarily used at Trump rallies, which has sparked alarm from freedom of speech advocates who worry it will be used to stifle protesters. Other security professions are suggesting that Trump is "playing with fire" by using a combination of private security and the Secret Service.
  • Donald Trump tweeted that China should keep an underwater drone they illegally seized in international waters. Trump said "[w]e should tell China that we don't want the drone they stole back. — let them keep it!"