Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2016 Major Republican Controversies

  • Ben Carson claimed that he didn't want to endorse Donald Trump, but decided to after Trump promised him a position in his Administration if he is elected.
  • Donald Trump makes all of his volunteers sign a contract that prohibits them from speaking negatively of him or his entire family for life. The contract also forbids them from working for any other potential campaign shall Trump not get the nomination.
  • Donald Trump claimed a protester who rushed the stage at a rally in Ohio had ties to ISIS and he used a link to an internet hoax as his "evidence." When Trump was confronted about the hoax during an appearance on "Meet the Press" by host Chuck Todd, Trump doubled down and said that "it was on the internet."
  • Donald Trump lifted entire paragraphs from an Op-Ed Ben Carson wrote and repeated them nearly verbatim in a March 9th Op-Ed in the Pacific Daily News in Guam.
  • A Donald Trump supporter sucker punched a black protester in the face as he was being escorted of the rally by police. Instead of arresting the person who punched the protester, the police arrested the protester who was assaulted. Update: The supper has been charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct.
  • Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump made attendees attending a rally in Florida raise their right hand and swear to vote for him in their states primary. Trump's pledge was: "I do solemnly swear that I, no matter how I feel, no matter what the conditions, if there are hurricanes or whatever, will vote on or before the 12th [sic] for Donald J. Trump for President." (Note--the Florida primary is on March 15th) Trump went on to say that "[b]ad things happen if you don't live up to what you just did."
  • The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) ramped up security at their event in 2016, not allowing any firearms in. All attendees had to walk through metal detectors at the entrance, with signs citing "Absolutely No Weapons Allowed". Top NRA speakers gave speeches to large crowds of staunch 2nd amendment advocates, in a facility CPAC deemed too unsafe to allow their own constituents and supporters to carry firearms at, for one example.
  • When it came to the handling of frequent protests at his rallies, Trump said he was tired of "political correctness." After watching a protester fight with rally-goers, Trump said that it was " really amazing to watch." As one protester was being forcefully ejected ,Trump said "Try not to hurt him. If you do I'll defend you in court."
  • A peaceful black female protester who raised an objection during a Donald Trump rally was assaulted and ridiculed by predominately white male protesters as she was trying to walk out of the venue. The woman later said that the people who assaulted her and the surrounding crowd called her a cunt and a nigger. Update: One of the protesters was an active duty Marine and has been discharged from the Corps.
  • Donald Trump instructed his staff to tell police to remove roughly 30 black students from a rally in Georgia. His campaign denied the accusation, but the police chief in charge of the event backed up the protesters claim.
  • Donald Trump used undocumented workers to build Trump Tower back in 1983. He has also been accused of not paying the workers what the full amount of what they were owed.
  • Bristol Palin, daughter of former Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, lost a years long battle over custody of her son that was born out of wedlock. The Palin family wanted Bristol to maintain full custody, but a judge ruled that she must split the custody with the father.
  • Roger Stone, one of Donald Trump's major surrogates who frequently appears on political television shows will no longer appear on any CNN show after he sent a series of negative tweets against numerous CNN commentators.
  • Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a law that effectively eliminates Planned Parenthood funding in the state. The law prohibits state funding to any organization that provides "nontherapeutic abortions."
  • Senator Ted Cruz's campaign manager financed an advertisement that caused a Missouri politician to commit suicide days before a state election in 2015. The adviser, Jeff Roe, paid $8,300 of his own money to finance an attack ad against Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich in the days leading up to an election. Schweich took his own life only days later.
  • Trump retweeted a twitter user who's bio says "#Whitegenocideisreal." This was one of two instances of contact with a white supremacist via twitter. In January he retweeted a posting by another supporter of the white supremacy movement, bashing Jeb Bush.
  • Donald Trump's campaign shared a Facebook video vowing to reform the Veterans Administration that included stock footage of Russian servicemen with medals that bore the communist sickle and hammer symbol. The campaign changed the footage to American veterans many hours later.
  • Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick released documents about a pending terrorist investigation before that were still under a court seal. The documents discuss the details about an investigation into Omar Faraj Saeed Al-Hardan, an individual who is suspected of providing material support to Islamic State overseas. Abbott and Patrick may have jeopardized the investigation by leaking the details before they were unsealed by a judge.
  • Dr. Ben Carson asked a packed auditorium of young school children to single out the "worst student" in fifth grade and dozens of children pointed at one child. The entire auditorium erupted into laughter. Carson tried to recover by saying that his former classmates would have pointed at him.
  • Maine Governor Paul LePage claimed that drug dealers with names like "D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty" come to Maine and impregnate young, white girls before they cross leave the state. His office later insisted his comments weren't racist, but that the Governor just wants to stop drug traffickers from coming into Maine.