Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2016 Major Republican Controversies

  • Former New York City mayor and current Donald Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani said in an interview that Trump is more qualified to be President "than a woman." Giuliani asked "This Week" moderator George Stephanopoulos “[d]on’t you think a man who has this kind of economic genius is a lot better for the United States than a woman, and the only thing she’s ever produced is a lot of work for the FBI checking out her emails?”
  • The New York Attorney General ordered the Trump Foundation to stop soliciting funds immediately after he concluded that the foundation never obtained the proper credentials and failed to register with the state as a charity soliciting money. In doing so the foundation has avoided the mandatory audits that are required of any charity who wishes to solicit money from people.
  • Donald Trump's company rented retail space at one of his buildings in New York to an Iranian bank that has known ties to terrorism. The Iranian bank, Bank Melli, has been accused of funneling money to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and of helping to obtain materials for Iran’s nuclear program. It is illegal under Federal law to do business with any company in Iran without permission from the US Government.
  • A former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter accused Donald Trump of calling her the c-word after she wrote a critical report of Trump's business dealings back in 1988. The reporter, Jennifer Lin, said Trump called her house and began yelling at her and then hung up. Lin then said that Trump called her editor at the newspaper and called her the c-word. Craig Stock, the editor Trump is accused of calling, confirmed Lin's account.
  • Rudy Giuliani, one of Donald Trump's closest advisers, was asked to deliver a speech regarding leadership at the Commercial Finance Association's award dinner, but instead gave a racist and derogatory speech attacking undocumented immigrants in the United States.
  • Donald Trump told Howard Stern back in 1997 that he could have had sex with Prince Diana. The comments were made mere weeks after Diana died in a fatal car wreck that killed her and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed.
  • In a 2003 interview on the 'Howard Stern' radio show, Donald Trump commented on Paris Hilton: “Now, somebody who a lot of people don’t give credit to but in actuality is really beautiful is Paris Hilton,” Trump said. “I’ve known Paris Hilton from the time she’s 12, her parents are friends of mine, and the first time I saw her she walked into the room and I said, ‘Who the hell is that?’". Stern then asked, “Did you wanna bang her?” . Trump responds with, “Well, at 12, I wasn’t interested. I’ve never been into that ... but she was beautiful.” He then went on to call Hilton “dumb like a fox” and admitted that he had watched her sex tape.
  • The Arizona Republic, a major Republican paper in Arizona, endorsed a Democrat for President for the first time in their 125 year history after calling Donald Trump unqualified to be President. The editorial board also accused Donald Trump of not having the temperament or experience to be President, criticized his unwillingness to release his tax returns, and said Secretary Clinton doesn't "casually say things that embolden our adversaries and frighten our allies."
  • Donald Trump was denied a special tour of The International Civil Rights Center and Museum’s after the museums co-founder accused the campaign of trying to bully his staff and for demanding special requests that could not be granted. The campaign insisted that the museum be closed to the public for up to five hours while Trump toured it, which the museum said they don't do for anyone and the co-founder of the museum also accused the Trump campaign of attempting to use the tour for political gain.
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer, one of the largest papers in Ohio, endorsed Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump; the first time they have endorsed a Democrat in nearly 100 years. The editorial board wrote that "[o]ur country needs calm, thoughtful leadership to deal with the challenges we face at home and abroad. We need a leader who will bring out the best in all Americans, not the worst."
  • Donald Trump's campaign has spent more than $8.2 million in donor money to reimburse his family's businesses for campaign expenses. That totals nearly ten percent of all funding for his campaign, which is unprecedented in American history.
  • Donald Trump said the best way to stop and prevent crime in Americas inner cities is to reinstate the controversial practice known as "stop and frisk" where police are able to search individuals without a warrant or probable cause. The practice was recently determined to be unconstitutional and ordered to stop by a Federal judge.
  • Former Republican President George HW Bush is reportedly voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election. Bush supposedly said that he is "with her" during a private meeting with Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend.
  • Donald Trump's son compared Syrian refugees fleeing the war torn country with a bowl of skittles in a Tweet that read "If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. [sic] Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.” The originator of the Tweet was former far-right Congressman Joe Walsh, but Trump Jr. did not give Walsh any credit for his post.
  • Donald Trump said that the Secret Service members in charge of Hillary Clinton's safety should disarm and stop protecting her. He proceeded to say "[l]et's see what happens to her. Take their guns away, O.K. It'll be very dangerous."
  • Donald Trump was invited to Flint, Michigan to discuss the city's water crisis but instead used the opportunity to attack Hillary Clinton. The pastor of the church Trump was speaking at interrupted Mr. Trump and reminded him that she invited him there to not discuss politics and asked him to get back to the topic of Flint.
  • Five people were arrested at a Donald Trump rally in North Carolina after one of them punched a 69 year old woman in her face. The punch knocked her to the ground and nearly rendered her unconscious. She was transported to the hospital where she was treated for sore ribs, a sore jaw, and a cut elbow. The woman was part of a group of peaceful protesters at the Trump rally and says she was punched by a Trump supporter after the rally had concluded. No arrests were initially made, but police now have five people in custody and an arrest warrant for two more.
  • Donald Trump boasted that his Trump Tower complex was the newest tallest in New York City the same day terrorists struck the twin towers on 9/11/2011. Trump responded to a question about the attack by saying "40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest, and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest. And now it’s the tallest."
  • The Donald J. Trump foundation gave a $25,000 to a campaign group affiliated with Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi, which is against federal law. The IRS forced Donald Trump to repay the amount in full because individuals are barred from using their charities to donate to political groups.
  • The Donald J Trump Foundation repeatedly told the IRS that they donated to charities who never actually received any donation from the foundation. The Foundation has not explained the discrepancy and has refused repeated requests to clarify their donations.