Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2016 Major Republican Controversies

  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an avid Donald Trump supporter, had a heated exchange with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly about Donald Trump. During the interview, Kelly brought up Trump being a 'sexual predator'-- "If Trump is a sexual predator.." Megyn began. Gingrich interrupted immediately with, "He's not a sexual predator." When Kelly told him it was just his opinion, Gingrich pointed to the screen and said, "You could not defend that statement. I am sick and tired of people like you using language that's inflammatory that's not true." After more heated exchange, Gingrich said Megyn was "fascinated with sex", and tried to force Megyn to say that Bill Clinton was a sexual predator. Kelly concluded the interview saying, "..
  • Donald Trump criticized the U.S. attempt to retake Mosul from Islamic State fighters, after reports came out that Chief Petty Officer Jason Finan, 34, died in the effort. Trump's tweet read: "The attack on Mosul is turning out to be a total disaster. We gave them months of notice. U.S. is looking so dumb. VOTE TRUMP and WIN AGAIN!". Many were appalled by the tweet, one response to Trump of note saying: "@realDonald Trump, would you tell the family of Jason Finan, a US Navy Sailor who died 3 days ago during Mosul operation, that he was dumb?".
  • Donald Trump said he will sue all the women that have come forward, reporting Trump sexually assaulted them, after the presidential election is over. He made these comments at a rally in Gettysburg, PA: "All of these liars will be sued after the election is over," referring to the 17 women (and counting) that have come forward. He went on to say, "Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign." He also went on to imply that Hilary Clinton paid them to make up these stories to, again, damage his campaign.
  • Donald Trump used a Catholic charities dinner that was supposed to be a lighthearted affair to raise money for children to attack Secretary Clinton. The crowd booed loudly as Trump attacked Clinton, but he seemed to convince himself that the crowd was booing at Secretary Clinton and not him.
  • Former RNC Chair Michael Steele said he was "damn near puking during the debates," in an interview at the 40th anniversary of Mother Jones event. Steele said, "I will not be voting for Clinton. I will not be voting for Trump either." He went on to say he thinks Trump only represents 30% of the Republican Party, and that Trump has, "captured that racist underbelly, that frustration, that angry underbelly of American life and gave voice to that.”
  • The morning following the final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, Donald tweeted: “Why didn't Hillary Clinton announce that she was inappropriately given the debate questions — she secretly used them! Crooked Hillary." Before the debate, moderator Chris Wallace made it very clear that neither candidate had any prior knowledge of the exact questions he was going to ask.
  • Donald Trump said he would get rid of "bad hombres" living in the United States during the third and final Presidential debate between himself and Secretary Clinton. Trump made the statement during a discussion about immigration reform. When asked how he would handle the millions of undocumented immigrants in America he responded that "[w]e'll get them out, secure the border and once the border is secured at a later date we'll make a determination as to the rest. But we have some bad hombres here and we're going to get them out."
  • Donald Trump interrupted Hilary Clinton during the 3rd presidential debate, calling her 'such a nasty woman'. Clinton was asked a question from the moderator about entitlement reform. And in the middle of her answer, Trump raised his finger, leaned into the mic and made his remark. Clinton didn't stop speaking, nor did she react to the comment. The next day, the twitter hashtag #nastywoman and #Iamanastywoman trended by feminists users, mocking Donald Trump.
  • In December 1992, The Chicago Tribune reported on an encounter Donald Trump had in a hotel, with two 14-year-old girls.The exert from the article reads: Donald Trump turned up Monday for a carol sing by a youth choir outside Manhattan's Plaza Hotel. He asked two of the girls how old they were. After they replied they were 14, Trump said, "Wow! Just think -- in a couple of years I'll be dating you."
  • In Waterloo Iowa, an apparent Donald Trump advocate graffiti-ed the word 'TRUMP' in red spray paint, on the side of the Masjid Al Noor mosque's building. The exact motivation and party responsible for the vandalism is yet known. Though many members of the mosque believe that Donald Trump's negative rhetoric towards Muslims prompted the act, with many members saying this crime should be treated as a "hate crime".
  • Donald Trump admitted to telling his friends that they should "[b]e rougher [with their wives] and you’ll see a different relationship. Unfortunately, with people in general, you get more with vinegar than honey."
  • Three longtime staffers on Donald Trump's reality show "The Apprentice" have accused Donald Trump of calling Marlee Matlin, an Oscar-winning actress who is also deaf, "retarded" on multiple occasions. They accused Trump of saying making crude statements about Ms. Matlin both to her face and behind her back.
  • Many wealthy Donald Trump supporters have written to the campaign to ask for their money back. They have expressed dismay at Trump's handling of the campaign and disappointment with the recent revelations that Trump was caught on tape bragging about physically and sexually assaulting women.
  • In a newly re-surfaced 1992 'Entertainment Tonight' Christmas feature special, Donald Trump was seen on camera interacting with a group of young girls at the Trump Tower. In the video, Trump asks one of the young girls if she's "going up the escalator?". The girl replies, "yeah," and then Trump turns to the camera and says: "I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?". At the time, Trump was 46 years old.
  • Donald Trump told a largely white audience in Pennsylvania that "other communities" have the potential to steal the election from him and encouraged them to go and "watch other communities, because we don't want this election stolen from us."
  • Donald Trump cited a story from Sputnik, a Russian propaganda newspaper, in an attempt to prove that Hillary Clinton was responsible for the 2012 Benghazi attacks. Trump told held up a piece of paper before his audience and read quotes from the propaganda piece that claimed Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal wrote that the attack was preventable and laid blame on Secretary Clinton. Trump then let the paper fall to the ground. Blumenthal didn't actually write that email Trump quoted because it was written by Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald. It was Sputnik that either intentionally or unintentionally mis-attributed the quote to Bluemthal, but Trump didn't seem to be aware of that.
  • In a September 2004 interview, Donald Trump agreed with and allowed Howard Stern to call his daughter Ivanka "a piece of ass" on 'The Howard Stern' radio program. Transcript: "My daughter is beautiful, Ivanka." says Trump. "By the way, your daughter.." says Stern. "She's beautiful." responds Trump. "Can I say this? A piece of ass." Stern responds. "Yeah." says Trump.
  • CNN Reporter Erin Burnett reports that in March 2010 Donald Trump kissed a friend of hers, without consent. The undisclosed friend said per Burnett: "Trump took Tic Tacs, suggested that I take them also. He then leaned in ... catching me off guard and kissed me almost on the lips. I was really freaked out.” After Trump made his move, she went on to comment on the interaction: “Trump asked me to come into his office alone. I figured I could handle myself. Anyway, once in his office he kept telling me how special I am and gave me his cell phone and asked me to call him. I ran the hell out of there.” This happened in a board room, with another man present, that has confirmed the story.
  • Dozens of high ranking Republican Senators, House Members, and Governors have called for Donald Trump's resignation after it was reported that Trump was recorded on audio tape bragging about being able to kiss and grope women against their will because he said that "when you’re a star, they let you do it.” In the tape he also discussed a failed attempt to have sex with a married women and expressed exasperation for being turned down even after he "moved on her very heavily."
  • Donald Trump's real estate development company has used steel and aluminum from China for construction projects dating back to the early 2000's.