Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2015 Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • Katrina Pierson, Donald Trump’s national spokesperson, wore a bullet laced necklace during an interview on CNN. She was unapologetic about the move and mocked her detractors by claiming she'll wear a fetus the next time she's on television.
  • Joseph Nestor Mondello, a GOP lobbyist and former Senatorial staffer to Kay Bailey Hutchison, pulled a gun on a Dell computer technician working in Mondello's home. The technician wasn't working fast enough for Mondello. And when the technician said he needed to go to his truck to get a part, Mondello went into another room, brought in a real looking (but fake) gun, and told the technician to work faster or he would "kill him slowly". The technician called 911, and Mondello was eventually charged with abduction.
  • 55-year-old Donald Trump supporter William Celli was arrested for constructing explosive devices he allegedly intended to use against Muslims in his community. Celli has since plead guilty to attempting to violate the free exercise of civil rights, avoiding the hate crime charges in the bargain. Celli has to serve 90 days in jail, as well as 3 years probation. Celli's Facebook posts cite hate against Muslims, undocumented immigrants, and Hilary Clinton, while praising Trump: "Donald trumps on again I'm happy leaders okay but this guys a great point man I'll follow this MAN to the end of the world".
  • Public Policy Polling reveals this statistic in a tweet: "30% of Republican primary voters nationally say they support bombing Agrabah. Agrabah is the country from Aladdin." 532 Republican primary voters were polled. 57% were unsure, and only 13% opposed bombing the fictitious city from the animated film.
  • While a protester at a Las Vegas Trump rally was forcefully dragged out of the event by security, several Trump supporters shouted hatred at the spectacle. Videos surfaced from attendees, with quotes from supporters such as "Light that motherf*cker on fire!" , "Sieg heil!" and "Get outta here, scumbags!".
  • Tennessee Senator Bob Corker failed to disclose two million dollars worth of hedge fund profits and millions more of income from his commercial real estate business. The total of profits from his commercial real estate business is unknown. Senator Corker blamed his failure to disclose the assets on a "filing error."
  • New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez was forced to apologize after audio surfaced from phone calls of her admonishing police officers who responded to a noise complaint at a party in her hotel room.
  • The editor-in-chief of Nevada's Review-Journal Mike Hengel resigned through a 'buyout', shortly after conservative billionaire Sheldon Adelson purchased the newspaper. The paper tried to bury the story and soften the details of the management change, but social media reveals Adelson made the change to gain full editorial power, and to put an editor in place that he can control.
  • During oral arguments at a Supreme Court case on affirmative action and the use of race in college admissions, Justice Antonin Scalia suggested that black students are being "pushed into schools that are too advanced for them" and that they should take a “slower track” in their education.
  • Two Fox News contributors, Ralph Peters and Stacey Dash, were suspended after they said curse words while criticizing President Obama's approach to fighting ISIS. Peters called the President "a total pussy" and Dash said she felt the President "could give a shit" [sic].
  • Alan Garten, general counsel of the Trump Organization, sent cease and desist letters to the Club for Growth, the Right to Rise leadership PAC, and Mike Fernandez, one of Bush's biggest donors on Trump company letterhead, seemingly in violation of FEC rules prohibiting a federal candidate's use of corporate resources for campaign purposes. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the removal of a 'nativity scene' that was installed with permission by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The governor called the display a "juvenile parody," saying that "it mocks Christians and Christianity."
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell removed language guaranteeing a permanent extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The law provides health coverage to 9/11 first responders, but is due to run out of money at the end of the month. Senator McConnell removed a permanent extension of the law after Senate Democrats refused to agree to ending a longstanding ban on U.S. oil exports.
  • Donald Trump re-tweeted a graphic he lifted from a Neo-Nazi that falsely claimed African Americans kill 81% of Caucasians in America. The actual number is much lower at 13.7%. The graphic also claimed that African Americans who kill someone of their own race was at 97%, but the actual number is also much lower at 62.2%. In fact, every single statistic on the graphic is wildly inaccurate.
  • A Donald Trump rally turned violent after supporters of the candidate threw an African American protester to the ground and physically assaulted him after he tried to interrupt Trump's speech. Trump can also be heard yelling to ‘get him the hell out of here," but a campaign spokesperson later released a statement saying that Mr. Trump “does not condone this behavior.”
  • Ben Carson's campaign shared a map showing the states whose Governors are trying to refuse Syrian refugees and expressed his support for those Governors. What no one on his team noticed is that the map redrew the northeastern part of the United States and placed a handful of states in the wrong location on the map.
  • New documents show that the Bush Administration was warned about an imminent terrorist attack on U.S. soil well before previously known and that the President did nothing about it. Top CIA Officials at the time of 9/11 recently came forward and accused the Administration of refusing conduct an operation to wipe out Al-Queda because the did not "want the clock to start ticking." (Translation: they did not want a paper trail to show that they’d been warned.)
  • Ben Carson’s campaign admitted that Carson's story of being accepted to West Point was fabricated. According to a story told in Carson’s book, a 17 year old Carson dined with Gen. William Westmoreland, gaining a full scholarship. West Point, however, has no record of Carson applying or being admitted.
  • In his 30 year career as a neurosurgeon, Carson, faced a total of eight malpractice claims in the state of Maryland, according to the Maryland Health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution Office.
  • Indiana Republicans have introduced a new "Religious Freedom" bill just months after national uproar forced the state of Indiana to repeal an anti-LGBT law that allowed private companies to discriminate against LGBT individuals. The new bill allows businesses with four or fewer employees to refuse to provide any goods or services “for any solemnization, rehearsal, reception, celebration, or social event for a marriage ceremony, renewal of marriage vows, or marriage anniversary,” among many other draconian proposals meant to discriminate against the LGBT population.