Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2015 State Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A former investigator on the House Benghazi Committee filed a federal lawsuit against the committee and Representative Trey Gowdy for discrimination and defamation. Brad Podliska, an Air Force Reserve major, accused the committee and Mr. Gowdy of firing him for refusing to advance an agenda targeting Hillary Clinton. He also claims that Rep. Gowdy illegally defamed him in public when he went on "Meet the Press" and accused him of mishandling classified information, which later turned out to be false. Podliska is not seeking monetary compensation, but instead asks for the court to require a statement saying that Gowdy’s allegation was false and to bar Gowdy from repeating it again.
  • Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert plead guilty to hiding money transactions in order to evade federal regulations requiring him to report where the money was going. Hastert was charged in May of 2015 with lying to the FBI and illegally hiding hush money payments to "Individual A." He was accused of intentionally structuring the payments to fall under the $10,000 threshold to avoid triggering federal reporting requirements. "Individual A" is widely believed to be a former wrestling student of Hastert's who was given monthly payments in order to keep him from going to the authorities or press about alleged sexual abuse.
  • 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.
  • Maine Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves has filed a lawsuit against Governor Paul LePage accusing the governor of using the power of his office to threaten a private school from hiring him as the schools President. It is illegal in the state of Maine, or anywhere else in America, to use the power of your office to blackmail a private entity into doing what you want.
  • 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.
  • While announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination, Trump described Mexican immigrants as criminals and "rapists." José Andrés and a second chef, announced that they were pulling their restaurants from Trump's planned Washington, DC, hotel due to Trump's comments. A lawsuit battle followed.
  • Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland was convicted and sentenced to 30 months in prison for break federal campaign laws. Rowland was convicted of concealing his role as a paid consultant to Lisa Wilson-Foley's 2012 congressional campaign and using his position as a radio host to encourage his listeners to vote for her.