Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2016 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.”
  • Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway mocked and criticized 'millennial' anti-Trump protesters on Sean Hannity's Fox News program. Conway told Hannity, "We are treating these adolescents and millennials like precious snowflakes." Hannity then said that these protesters are 'little pampered spoiled brats' and they need to 'get over themselves'. Conway agreed, and they continued with Conway talking about how in their youth of 'humble beginnings' they would never 'degrade the office of the president or cry crocodile tears' over 'who had won the election'.
  • 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.
  • HBO's Silicon Valley actors Kumail Nanjiani and Thomas MIddleditch were allegedly harassed by 2 Trump supporters at a bar in Los Angeles, per Nanjiani's tweeter feed. Kumail tweeted: Was at a bar last night with @Middleditch. At the end of the night, 2 white dudes, 20's, who'd been there for hours came up to us. "We're big fans of you guys. (To Thomas) I trolled you on twitter yesterday." He goes on to say how we're wrong about Trump. I go "Hey we don't wanna discuss politics right now." His friends goes "oh they're cucks." Then starts yelling at us. "CUCKS CUCKS CUCKS!" He starts getting in my face. Thomas puts his hand on the dude's chest to stop him. "Don't touch me you cuck. Wanna go outside?" At this point, the bouncer runs over, grabs them, kicks them out.
  • Donald Trump replaced New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with Vice President elect Mike Pence, to head his transition team efforts, just days after the election. Chris Christie was demoted to vice chair of the transition efforts.
  • 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."
  • Both Donald Trump and his son Eric Trump voted on election day, next to their respective wives in New York. Two candid pictures were taken of both Donald and Eric looking directly at the podium next to them, both eyeing their wives' voting ballots.
  • 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's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway tweeted a picture of her with CNN analyst Corey Lewandowski, with the hashtag underneath reading, '#teamwork'. Lewandowski was Donald Trump's former campaign manager. This happened after months of viewership outrage circulated online over CNN's hiring of a Donald Trump 'surrogate' to be one of their election coverage's political analysts.