Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2014 Republican Controversies

  • Newly elected House Majority Whip Steve Scalise spoke at a White Supremacist conference in 2002, during his tenure as a state representative in Louisiana. Representative Scalise spoke at a workshop designed "to teach the most effective and up-to-date methods of civil rights and heritage related activism." Scalise insists he didn't know that he was speaking to a hate group and says that he used to speak to any group that would hear him talk abo'ut his dislike of 'slush funds.'
  • Trump Entertainment was sued $1.25 million for unpaid legal fees by law firm Levine Staller. The Trump Entertainment claimed the money was unsecured debt in an ongoing bankruptcy proceeding. The judge rejected Trump Entertainment's request to be absolved of the debt.
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott refused to take the debate stage for over four minutes in protest over a small fan that Charlie Crist was using. The Governor claimed that Crist broke the rules of the debate, but the Crist campaign released a signed document showing otherwise.
  • The Palin family was involved in a verbal and physical altercation at a birthday party they recently attend in Alaska. Multiple witnesses have come forward and claimed the brawl started shortly after the family arrived in their stretch hummer and Palin's son Track spotted a former boyfriend of Willow Palin. The witnesses say it only escalated from there with "Palin women screaming. Palin men thumping their chests. Word is that Bristol has a particularly strong right hook, which she employed repeatedly." The Palin's were then asked to leave the party by the owner of the house, who was reportedly struck by Bristol Palin a number of times. No charges have been filed as of yet, but the police say they are investigating the brawl and will release more information at a later date.
  • Representative Tom Cotton aired a television advertisement accusing President Obama of hijacking "the farm bill and turn[ing] it into a food stamp bill." He went on to say that is the reason why he voted against the bill. This blatantly misleading advertisement neglects to inform his audience that the Farm Bill has always had provisions in it that pay for the Food Stamp program, as well as direct payments to American farmers. He also mislead his audience because the 2013 bill actually cut the budget for the Food Stamp program.
  • Oregon Senate candidate Monica Wehby has removed her health care plan from her campaign website after it was reported she plagiarized major portions of Crossroads USA's proposal and insinuated it was her own plan. Rove's plan was released in July of 2013 while Wehby's was released in November of the same year.
  • A California gun company developed a gun that they call "The Obama Blaster" and 'thanked' the President for "being being the distinguished firearms industry spokesman and salesman of all time." The advertisement also revisits long debunked claims of the President's citizenship and right to occupy the Executive Office.
  • A group of people including a GOP candidate and a local sheriff attempted to block a bus full of children they thought were undocumented immigrants being transported to a nearby immigration facility, but were surprised to find the bus full of children from a local YMCA. Adam Kwasan, the Congressional candidate, and local sheriff Paul Babeu were both on hand to rile up the crowd and encouraged them to block the bus. Kwasan didn't know that it was a bus full of YMCA youth until a reporter informed him, causing Kwasan to attempt to save face by saying that the children 'were sad too.'
  • Fox & Friends created a graphic that appears to be directly lifted from the logo of a popular video game. The show used the graphic a number of times when discussing the recent uptick of Central American children attempting to cross into the United States. To add insult to injury, the image Fox & Friends lifted is from a video game depicting a fictional city run by a religious zealot who populated his city with individuals who "literally worship America’s Founding Fathers and uses American iconography to rile up his citizens in support of a war with all of the heathens of the world that aren’t a part of his flying city."
  • The Republican Party of South Dakota passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama, charging the President has violated his oath of office and listing a host of 'violations' as proof. The state party listed the President's decision to trade five prisoners of war, his assertion that if you like your health insurance you can keep it, and new EPA regulations as impeachable offences.
  • Former Representative Joe Walsh was kicked off his radio show after using a host of slanderous statements and racial slurs while discussing the Washington Redskins name. Walsh claims he was trying to have an 'honest discussion about racist terms,' but his management team thought otherwise and cancelled his show until further notice.
  • McLaughlin & Associates, a polling company Eric Cantor paid over $75,000 to conduct survey's about the congressman's reelection campaign, predicted the congressman would win his primary election by 34 percentage points. Cantor later went on to lose his primary by nearly ten percentage points, meaning the firm's estimate was off by 44 percentage points.
  • Shortly before Blackwater security guards killed seventeen unarmed civilians in Iraq, their top manager in the country got in a fight with a State Department investigator and threatened he could kill the investigator without any facing any consequence. Instead of scolding Blackwater for over reaching, American Embassy officials sided with the company and ordered the State Department investigators to leave Iraq. The investigators then wrote a prophetic report saying Blackwater felt they were above the law and that "management structures in place to manage and monitor our contracts in Iraq have become subservient to the contractors themselves.”
  • Asa Hutchinson, a candidate in the race to be the next governor of Arkansas, was briefly turned away at the polls after forgetting to bring his voter identification with him. Hutchinson was fortunate enough to have a staffer at his disposal who could retrieve his identification and insists he still supports Arkansas strict voter identification law.
  • A rally promising 10-30 million Americans descending onto the National Mall to demand the removal of President Obama and other top leaders in the Federal Government came 30 million people short of their stated goal. 'Operation American Spring' organizers aired a long list of grievances against President Obama and promised that the rally was the beginning of a three phased process to rid America of its 'despotic and tyrannical federal leadership.'
  • The Federal Communications Commission has fined Dialing Services, LLC, a Republican robocall firm, with a nearly $3 Million dollar fine after ignoring a prior warning to cease placing robocalls to potential voters mobile phones. It is illegal to place robocalls to Americans with the exemption of emergencies or if an individual has given prior consent.
  • Robert Copeland, a Police Commissioner in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, has admitted to calling President Obama the 'N' word after a town resident overheard him using the slur in a local restaurant. Copeland is unapologetic and claims President Obama "meets and exceeds" his criteria for using the racial slur. He is also refusing calls for his resignation despite calls for his resignation or removal by many local residents.
  • Glen Beck's radio show aired a sexist skit mocking the college rape epidemic to show that there is no rape problem at our universities nationwide. Beck's skit accused the President of expanding the definition of rape for political purposes and brought on a man in a wig to poke fun of all the ways a woman claims she was raped. The skit was originally aired a week before a college student went on a shooting rampage over his inability to get a girlfriend, but was re-aired shortly after the shooting because Beck wanted to rebut those who were saying that there was a problem with violence against women in America.
  • The House Energy and Commerce Committee conducted a survey of health insurance companies which was designed to produce results unfavorable to the Obama Administration and not reflect the actual enrollment numbers for Obamacare. The survey only asked companies to provide numbers of individuals who have paid their first premium and those who have not, but made the companies produce their results two weeks before the deadline for millions of individuals to make their first payments.
  • Legal experts say Justice Antonin Scalia erred in his dissent in the 6-2 decision Tuesday to uphold the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate coal pollution that moves across state lines. The Reagan-appointed jurist argued that the majority's decision was inconsistent with a unanimous 2001 ruling which he mistakenly said shot down EPA efforts to consider costs when setting regulations.