Conservative Controversies & Scandals

State Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • Donald Trump was personally warned by President Obama that Michael Flynn was potentially compromised by the Russian government two days after the Presidential election. Trump ignored President Obama's warning and asked Flynn to be his National Security Adviser. Flynn was fired from the position weeks later after it was revealed that he lied about conversations he had with the Russian Ambassador to the United States.
  • Donald Trump sent out numerous tweets accusing former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates of leaking classified information and encouraging Republican Senators to grill her on that issue. Legal analysts have pointed out that there is no precedent in our nations history where a President threatened a witness before they were to testify before a Senate committee.
  • Four top aides to Donald Trump are accused of secretly meeting with Russian government officials in Prague during the height of the 2016 Presidential campaign. A memo written by a respected former MI6 official to the British government claims that these officials went to Prague to hold “secret discussions with Kremlin representatives and associated operators/hackers” over how to reimburse the hackers for their work.
  • A Kentucky man with a bag full of knives and a machete walked in to cafe on the camps of Transylvania University in Kentucky and began asking customers if their political views. He first approached a woman and asked if she was Democrat or Republican. Once she answered Republican he said "you are safe" and then moved on. He then pulled out his machete and seriously wounded a student before being arrested.
  • Donald Trump claimed that former President Barack Obama was to blame for Michael Flynn's vetting because Flynn accepted payments from Russian officials during the Obama Administration. Trump claimed that he decided not to vet Flynn because "he was approved at the highest level of security by the Obama administration."
  • Donald Trump issued an Executive Order that strips federal funds from any city that classifies itself as a "sanctuary city." These cities limit their cooperation with federal immigration officials concerning nonviolent undocumented immigrants. Update: A federal judge blocked the executive order pending litigation.
  • Judge Tim Nolan, who was Donald Trump's campaign manager for the state of Kentucky, was charged with human sex trafficking of a minor after an investigation concluded there was probable cause for his arrest and prosecution. Nolan was charged with one count of human trafficking for allegedly subjecting a minor under the age of 18 to commercial sexual activity, one count of unlawful transaction with a minor, and one count of giving alcohol to a minor.
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized a federal judge for putting a hold on Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban by degrading him for "sitting on an island in the Pacific." Sessions told right-wing radio host Mark Levin that he is "amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power.”
  • Three individuals who were assaulted at a Trump Kentucky rally in March 2016 named Donald Trump in a lawsuit against the two protesters that physically assaulted them because they claim that Trump encouraged supporters to "get them out of here." Trump has claimed immunity from the suit now that he is President, but he is on shaky legal footing because he was not President at the time of the incident.
  • Donald Trump told Fox News that he was "sending an armada" towards North Korea to counter North Korea, but the carrier group was actually heading in the opposite direction towards Australia.
  • Trump Endeavor 12 LLC, a company owned by Donald Trump, was ordered to pay $315,484.87 to a paint supply company after a judge found the it was at fault for not paying the paint company after they completed renovations on one of Donald Trump's golf resorts.
  • The Trump Administration said that they will not release the logs of individuals who visit the White House or meet with Donald Trump, reversing a policy set up by President Obama.
  • Donald Trump bragged to Chinese President Xi Jinping that he just bombed Syria while they were eating the dessert portion of their dinner. Trump told an interviewer that the two were eating "the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen" when he told President Xi Jinping about the missile strike. Trump then claimed that President Xi Jinping was silent after being told about it.
  • Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinded an Obama era rule that was put in place in order to make it easier for those with student loans to pay back their student loans and also hold student loan companies accountable for their practices.
  • Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, told CNBC’s John Harwood that Donald Trump's promise to eliminate the national debt in eight years was hyperbole that shouldn't be taken seriously.
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions called immigrants who cross the border without documentation "filth" and said that the Trump Administration will do whatever it can get them out of the United States. He then said that “[t]his is a new era. This is the Trump era.”
  • White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tried to suggest that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was worse than Hitler because he said that Hitler never used chemical weapons. Spicer seemed to gloss over the fact that Hitler is responsible for using chemical weapons to kill millions of people in gas chambers during World War II. Spencer was then asked to clarify his remarks and only made matters worse by claiming that Hitler wasn't using them on his own people, but was merely bringing people to "Holocaust centers" to kill them.
  • Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from his affair with a top aide. Bentley resigned after admitting that he failed to file a major contribution report and knowingly using campaign contributions for personal use.
  • Donald Trump's "favorite business" is shutting down after numerous models refused to work for the agency. Trump Model Management, Donald Trump's modeling agency, told investors that they are officially closing down for an undisclosed reasons, but numerous sources say it is because models are refusing to work for it due to Donald Trump's divisive politics.
  • Christian values proponent, and republican Alabama Governor, Robert Bentley, resigned after being charged and pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges relating to an alleged affair with his aide that he had at first denied. The alleged affair became public following the release of inappropriate phone conversations with his aide by his ex-wife.