Conservative Controversies & Scandals

Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, who was also Donald Trump's campaign chairman for the state of Oklahoma, was caught in a motel room with an underage boy after police were asked to conduct a "welfare check at a local hotel." Police proceeded to find Shortey at a Super 8 motel room with the minor boy. The police are recommending that Shortey be charged with soliciting prostitution of a minor, prostitution within 1,000 feet of church and transporting purpose of prostitution.
  • 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."
  • Monica Crowley, a former adviser to Donald Trump who was forced to leave her position at the National Security Council after reports that she plagiarized her book in 2012, was just hired to represent a Ukrainian Oligarch who has close ties with Russia, Crowley has long advocated for America to have closer ties to the Russian government.
  • Breitbart News, the website Steve Bannon used to run, released a leaked audio recording of Speaker Paul Ryan bashing Donald Trump during the campaign and saying that he is "not going to defend Donald Trump — not now, not in the future." Bannon is now Donald Trump's senior adviser in the White House.
  • A man in Florida tried to burn down a convenience store because he thought the owner was a Muslim, but the owner was in fact of Indian descent. Richard Leslie Lloyd, the man who is accused of setting the fire, told sheriffs deputies that he set the fire because he wanted to "run the Arabs out of our country."
  • 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.
  • A Trump campaign employee who landed a job at the Department of Energy after his inauguration tweeted multiple racist and anti-Islamic Tweets during the campaign and after Trump's election. Sid Bowdidge, whose official position at the DOE is "assistant to the secretary." called for the extermination of Muslims after the San Bernardino shooting by writing "@CNN Scum suckling maggots of the world. Exterminate the all." This was one of many Tweets disparaging Muslims that Bowdidge. Update: Bowdidge has been fired from the DOE.
  • Roger Stone, a top informal adviser to Donald Trump, had communications with the Russian culprits of the DNC hack that were intercepted by the FBI. Stone apparently communicated with the Russian culprit via private Twitter messages. When reached for comment by The Smoking Gun, the website that broke the story, Stone simply responded "don't recall."
  • Donald Trump was sued as a private citizen for having an unfair advantage at his recently opened hotel in Washington, D.C. The owners of Cork Wine Bar, which is around 1.5 miles from the new Trump complex, are claiming that Trump's stature as President has indirectly encouraged foreign and domestic dignitaries to stay at his hotel and eat at its restaurants and bars instead of venturing to other nearby restaurants and bars.
  • Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lobbied on behalf of the Turkish government at the same time he was working on Donald Trump's Presidential campaign and even after Trump was elected. Flynn recently filed paperwork with the Department of Justice that he conducted "$530,000 worth of lobbying work from August through November that may have aided the Turkish government." The Trump Administration claimed they were unaware of Flynn's lobbying.
  • Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that he never met with any Russian officials during the 2016 Presidential campaign, but he in fact did. Trump met with the Russian Ambassador to the United States minutes before a foreign policy speech on April 27, 2016. The White House released a statement claiming that the meeting was “brief and non-substantive,” but did not address Trump's claims that he never met with any Russian official during the campaign.
  • 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.
  • Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's former campaign adviser, approved campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page's trip to Russia during the campaign on the condition that he wasn't officially going on behalf of the Trump campaign. Page's trip is now the subject of an FBI investigation looking into the Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential campaign.
  • 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.
  • Roger Stone, a top Trump campaign adviser during the 2016 campaign, claimed that he had a secret back channel with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange during the presidential campaign. Stone wrote in a now deleted Tweet that he “never denied perfectly legal back channel to Assange who indeed had the goods on #CrookedHillary." He then wrote in another now deleted tweet that he looked forward to people filing libel lawsuits against him by encouraging them to “[b]ring it! Would enjoy crush u in court and forcing you to eat shit – you stupid ignorant ugly bitch!”
  • Two federal campaign finance watchdog groups have accused Donald Trump and his campaign of accepting over $10 million in donations the night after his election and falsely reporting them as paying down the campaigns debt. The groups accused the Trump campaign of illegally taking in funds for his 2020 campaign to pay down his debts from his 2016 campaign.
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions had two meetings with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 election season, neither of which he admitted to during his confirmation hearing. When answering a question from Senator Al Fanken about potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials Sessions said: "I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.” A spokesperson for the Attorney General said that "[t]here was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer." Update: Sessions reported that he has decided to recuse himself from any investigation involving Russia's involvement in the 2016 Presidential campaign.