Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2015 Republican 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.
  • 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!".
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Rep. Dan Huberty, a Republican state representative in Texas, had to be physically restrained by his staff and then escorted away by two Department of Public Safety officers after a heated exchange with a reporter outside of the statehouse floor. Huberty appeared to be intoxicated and responded that he has a "right to be human" when asked if he was drunk on the job. Huberty then proceeded to go on a tirade against the reporter and accused him of being a "fucking hack."
  • Video footage showed a Trump supporter confronting a protester by cussing him out, flipping him off and finally bowing up to the Hispanic man and spitting into his face. Rally was held in Richmond, VA.
  • Multiple Republican members of the Sarasota County charter review board in Florida have been using their positions to empower themselves at the expense of elected officials. Pat Wayman and Steven R. Fields, the two members in question, have voted to establish a common law grand jury that would be used to investigate and prosecute federal, state, and local officials for treason. Four members of the review board sided with Wayman and Fields, but a tie vote prevented the motion from moving forward.
  • At a demonstration outside of Trump Tower, a protester got punched in the face by a Trump security guard. Efrain Galicia was reportedly chasing after the guard, to get back his confiscated sign. The guard then turned around and hit Galicia in the face before walking away.
  • Donald Trump claims the bible is his "first favorite book, by far" and "of all time". But when asked repeatedly by reporters what his favorite verse is from the book, he refuses to answer. On Sarah Palin's 'On Air' show, Trump and Palin take turns complaining about the legitimacy of the question, Trump citing it's too "personal" a question to answer to strangers.
  • Univision anchor Jorge Ramos was ejected from a Donald Trump news conference, after trying to ask a question about Trump's stance on immigration. Trump claims Ramos asked the question "out of order", told him to sit down repeatedly, and then Trump's security guard escorted Ramos out of the room, while Ramos continued to finish the question. Ramos was later allowed back into the conference.
  • Donald Trump's top campaign adviser Michael Cohen retweeted a tweet by "surferfortrump" that said, “#boycottmegynkelly @realDonaldTrump we can gut her.” Cohen, who is also the executive vice president of The Trump Organization, refuses to apologize for the retweet.