Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2015 Major 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Senator Marco Rubio appears to have broken Senate ethics rules after he solicited campaign donations on Federal property. Mr. Rubio was being interviewed by Fox News' Neil Cavuto from the Russell Senate Office Building when he directly appealed for his supporters to go to his campaign website and donate funds to his campaign. This direct appeal is in violation of Senate ethics rules that prohibit any member from "receiv[ing] or solicit[ing] campaign contributions in any federal building."
  • Dr. Ben Carson appears to have broken campaign finance law meant to restrict a candidate from having any corporation pay for a candidates expenses by using checks or in-kind giving them any goods or services. Mr. Carson recently suspended his campaign to promote his new book, but before doing so he spoke at the National Press Club to promote it. This in and of itself is not illegal, but the fact that his publishing company paid for the candidates traveling and other expenses for him to speak there is skirting on the edges of breaking the law. Carson's campaign denies any wrongdoing, but the law is very clear. Campaign finance laws mandate that candidates "may not accept contributions made from the general treasury funds of corporations, labor organizations or national banks.
  • 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.
  • Senator David Vitter's former mistress has publicly accused him of pressuring her to get an abortion after he found out she was carrying his child. Wendy Ellis, the anti-abortion Senator's former mistress, said in a recent interview that the sitting Senator first denied that he was the child's father, but then pressured her to get an abortion after she convinced him that the baby was in fact his. Ms. Ellis passed a polygraph exam when the story of Vitter's alleged affair first broke back in 2007 and the polygraph expert confirmed her story appears to be legit. Senator Vitter refused to take the polygraph exam, but later admitted to committing a “serious sin” back in 2007. The baby was put up for adoption immediately after birth and Ms.