Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2016 Major Republican Controversies

  • Two Donald Trump supporters yelled anti-Muslim rhetoric while attempting to rip off a Muslim woman's hijab during a ride on the New York Subway. The attackers accused the woman of being a terrorist and told her to get out of America while other passengers sat idly by.
  • Donald Trump broke over 30 years of delicate diplomacy by speaking with Taiwan's President. No American leader has officially spoken with a Taiwanese leader since the United States established full diplomatic ties with China in 1979. The call has the potential to damage the relationship between the US and its largest trading partner in the world.
  • Donald Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes claimed that there is no such thing as facts anymore during an interview on NPR. While responding to a question about how the media should address Trump's lies she said that "[t]here’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore of facts." She went on to suggest that Donald Trump and his supporters actually believe what he's saying and that is more important than what the actual facts are.
  • Representative Tom Price, Donald Trump's pick as Secretary of Health and Human Services, belongs to a group called the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, which, among other things, believes that President Obama used hypnosis and mind control techniques to win the Presidency both in 2008 and in 2012.
  • Donald Trump tweeted that burning the American flag should be illegal and anyone who does so needs to face consequences. He suggested that flag burners should either be jailed for one year or stripped of their citizenship. Trump's exact tweet read: "Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!
  • A former colleague of Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon was accused of advocating that voting rights in the US should only be granted to property owners. The colleague, Julia Jones, said she told Bannon that would likely “exclude a lot of African-Americans,” to which Bannon reportedly replied "[m]aybe that’s not such a bad thing.”
  • A Donald Trump supporter shouted a sexist and vulgar pro-Trump rant on board a Delta airplane over the Thanksgiving day weekend, but was still allowed to stay on the flight. The supporter was videotaped shouting “[w]e got some Hillary bitches on here? Donald Trump, baby! It’s y’all president. Every goddamn one of you. If you don’t like it, too bad," among other vulgar things. Update: The unnamed Trump supporter has been banned from flying on any Delta plane for life.
  • Donald Trump supporters in California sent identical letters to local mosques praising Trump's election and calling for the murder of Muslims. Part of the letter read that "[t]here’s a new sheriff in town — President Donald Trump. He’s going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he’s going to start with you Muslims. He’s going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews.”
  • A source told CBS News that Donald Trump asked the White House to explore the possibility of giving his three children top national security clearances, giving them the ability to work with his administration as 'national security advisers'. As President, Donald Trump is not allowed to hire his children directly, as nepotism is not allowed. This request raised several red flags due to Trump's former promise to form a 'blind trust' for his business dealings, to be handled by his children alone, and for there to be no intermingling while Trump was in office.
  • Donald Trump called conservative radio host Alex Jones after the election to thank Jones and his audience of followers for helping him win the presidential election. Per a YouTube video Alex Jones posted on his channel, Jones recalled Trump saying to him, "Listen, Alex, I just talked to the kings and queens of the world, world leaders, you name it. But it doesn’t matter, I wanted to talk to you, to thank your audience, and I’ll be on the next few weeks to thank them.”
  • Despite Donald Trump and his spokespeople repeatedly claiming they had no contact with Russian officials or diplomats during the U.S. election campaign, Russian diplomats confirmed they in fact were. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, "There were contacts." He also went on the record to say, "Obviously, we know most of the people from his entourage... I cannot say that all of them, but quite a few have been staying in touch with Russian representatives. We continue this work, of course."
  • Donald Trump kicked out a twelve year old child with cerebral palsy from a Florida rally after it became clear that he was there to protest the Republican nominees stances towards disabled people. The child's family was verbally and physically assaulted by Trump supporters before the nominee ordered them to be removed from the audience.
  • Donald Trump's top aides have taken away his access to Twitter and other social media platforms due to their fear that he will say something that will negatively impact his campaign in the final days of the election. Trump's bombastic tweets have been replaced with sober thank you's to the various towns he has held rallies in during the final week of the campaign.
  • A protester who held up a "Republicans Against Trump" sign was tackled and assaulted at a Nevada rally before someone in the crowd yelled that there was a gun. The protester later claimed that the only thing that saved him was the Secret Service and police who responded to the commotion and forced the Trump supporters off of him.
  • Donald Trump's wife, Melania, did multiple modeling jobs in the United States without a work visa when she first arrived in the United States back in the early 1990's. New documents show that Mrs. Trump earned $20,056 for services before she was legally able to earn any money in the US.
  • Donald Trump has based a considerable amount of his campaign on his business success, but the New York Times has discovered that his companies have consistently over reported how much his companies are worth by using accounting tricks that show how much gross revenue they have made without factoring in operating costs and other factors. One example of this trick is when Trump's golf resort in Doral, Florida reported a gross revenue of $50 million on their tax filings, but after factoring in operating costs they actually lost $2.4 million.
  • Dozens of Donald Trump supporters spread a lie around Twitter that encouraged Hillary Clinton supporters to vote by text. The Trump supporters illegally lifted images from Hillary Clinton's official campaign website and then directed her supporters to text their vote to a fake number.
  • An LLC owned by Donald Trump has sued Washington, D.C. and accused them of overtaxing the new Trump International Hotel. Trump claims that the city has overvalued the property by $63 million dollars.
  • Donald Trump expressed frustration that the military can't waterboard detainees anymore and claimed that sometimes the United States needs to be "pretty vicious" in order to get what they need.
  • At a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas, former Libertarian vice-presidential candidate and author of "Angry White Male" speaker Wayne Allyn Root envisioned a fake scenario for Hillary Clinton and her top aide. Root attempted to fire up the crowd before Trump spoke by saying, "I heard a rumor, I don’t know if you’ve heard this rumor, but while we’re all gathered here, all the networks have wall-to-wall coverage of a live police chase. And it's Hillary in a white Ford Bronco. She's got Huma driving and they're headed for the Mexican border. I have a name. I have a name. I have a name for the future TV movie, it’s called ‘Driving Miss Hilary,’ and the ending, if we all get our wish, the ending is like the end of ‘Thelma and Louise.’”