Conservative Controversies & Scandals

State Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • Kellyanne Conway seemed to violated the law by using her position as senior adviser to the President to publicly encourage Americans to purchase Donald Trump's daughters products. Conway was being interviewed by Fox News when she was in the White House briefing room and said “I own some of it. I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.” Update: The Office of Government Ethics asked the White House on Monday to investigate whether Conway violated longstanding ethics laws and suggested that she be disciplined if she did.
  • 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.
  • Donald Trump tweeted a fake Abraham Lincoln quote to honor the late President on his birthday. The quote - “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” was never uttered by Lincoln and was actually part of a 1940's advertisement campaign honoring the late President.
  • Donald Trump's handling of his first international crisis played out in plain view of dozens of dinner guests at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida after North Korea test fired a missile into the Sea of Japan. Trump handled the news of the test launch at his dinner table surrounded by his top aides, but also within ear shot of the guests who were able to hear Trump and his aides discuss their response to the launch.
  • National Security Adviser Mike Flynn's top adviser was denied security clearance from the CIA, effectively making it impossible for him to do his job. There was no public explanation from the agency as to why they decided to deny security clearance to his adviser, Robin Townley, but it was approved by CIA director Mike Pompeo.
  • Donald Trump attacked Senator Elizabeth Warren during a private meeting with ten Senators at the White House, going so far as resurrecting his pejorative nickname 'Pocahontas' when he talked about her to the group of legislators. Trump was upset at Warren's outspoken criticism of Jeff Sessions and her decision to read a letter from Coretta Scott King that criticized Sessions on the Senate floor.
  • Donald Trump continues to bring up his debunked claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 elections; this time during a private meeting with a group of Senators who were there to discuss his Supreme Court pick. Multiple senators and staff in attendance confirmed that Trump brought up the topic seconds after the press pool was ushered out of the meeting.
  • Donald Trump complained that clothing retailer Nordstrom treated his daughter unfairly after they announced they would no longer be selling her products at their stores. Nordstrom claimed that it was due to lack of sales, but Trump used his personal Twitter and that of the White House to complain that his "daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”
  • Donald Trump threatened to destroy the career of a Texas state senator who introduced legislation that would roll back the controversial practice known as asset forfeiture and require that an individual be convicted of a crime before their assets could be taken away from them. Trump was holding a round table with sheriff's at the White House when a sheriff from a small county in Texas complained about the state senators proposed legislation, which led Trump to say “[w]ho is the state senator? Do you want to give his name? We’ll destroy his career.”
  • Senior Presidential Adviser Kellyanne Conway cited a non-existent massacre in Bowling Green, Kentucky as a justification for Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban. Conway twice referred to the "massacre" in separate interviews with Cosmo and MSNBC.
  • A Donald Trump supporter kicked and yelled racial slurs at a Muslim Delta Employee at JFK Airport in New York while yelling "Trump Is here now, He will get rid of all of you" at the woman. The Trump supporter was arrested and is now facing Federal hate crime charges for his actions.
  • Donald Trump continues to use his personal unsecured cellphone as President, even though the Secret Service has strongly advised him not to and has even given him a secured phone. The phone President Trump is thought to be using is woefully out of date and has the very real potential to become compromised by hackers. "Based on the available information, the working assumption should be that Trump's phone is compromised by at least one—probably multiple—hostile foreign intelligence services and is actively being exploited. This would be exponentially more dangerous if he were carrying this phone into especially secure places." - Nicholas Weaver
  • Steve Mnuchin, President Trump's pick to be Treasury Secretary, is registered to vote in both New York and California. President Trump has said that people on rolls in multiple states prove his claim that there is rampant voter fraud in the United States.
  • The Trump Administration stopped airing all Obamacare open enrollment advertisements one week before the end of the 2017 open enrollment season. Advertisements that had already been paid for have been taken down.
  • President Trump's bravado against Mexico and threats to make them pay for a border wall caused Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to cancel a bilateral meeting with Trump. President Nieto demanded that the Trump Administration respect his country and said that they would never pay for the border wall.
  • Four top diplomats who served at the State Department for years resigned en masse mere days into Donald Trump's Presidency. Undersecretary for management Patrick Kennedy, who has worked for both Republican and Democratic Administrations, went first and was quickly followed by Assistant Secretary of State for Administration Joyce Anne Barr, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Bond and Ambassador Gentry O. Smith, director of the Office of Foreign Missions. The mass exodus has left major positions that require Senate approval empty.
  • Steve Bannon, President Trump's chief strategist and senior counselor, is registered to vote in both New York and Florida. President Trump has said that people on rolls in multiple states prove his claim that there is rampant voter fraud in the United States.
  • Governors from states ravaged by tornadoes during Donald Trump's first days in office have gone public in their plead for help from the Federal Government. At least 50 tornadoes were confirmed to touch down in Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida and at least twenty-four people are confirmed to have been killed. The Trump Administration has been slow to send Federal help, which has frustrated the governors from the three states who have requested it.
  • President Trump's senior staff - Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, Sean Spicer and Steve Bannon - all have email accounts hosted on a server at the RNC and not at the White House. It is not yet clear if they are using the accounts, but if they are and don't report their communications then they would be in violation of the Disclosure Requirement For Official Business Conducted Using Electronic Messaging Accounts act.