Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2016 Republican Controversies

  • At a Colin County College in north Texas, a Trump supporter covered up a polling place sign with a Trump/Pence campaign sign. When a precinct officer learned of this and ordered a volunteer to go and remove the sign, the volunteer cut their hands on hidden box cutter blades attached at the bottom of the Trump/Pence sign.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • After only four years since it's grand opening, the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto was placed into receivership by a Canadian bankruptcy judge, meaning the 65-story building will be auctioned off. Regardless of who ends up purchasing the tower, many Canadians want the TRUMP name to be removed from the building. In December 2015, Toronto City Councillor implored developers to remove the Trump name, writing, "To have the Trump name displayed so prominently on our skyline signals a tacit acceptance of hateful and divisive views."
  • 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.’”
  • As Donald Trump was pumping up the crowd at a rally, a supporter close to a group of reporters in the back of the crowd began screaming that the media was 'the enemy'. The supporter pointed his finger at the media members and said, "You're going down. You're the enemy. You're the ones working for the devil". The supporter then began to chant multiple times 'Jew-S-A' after the crowd starting a 'U-S-A' chant, in an effort to further his point of outrage.
  • During a speech in Sydney Australia in 2011, Donald Trump talked about revenge, telling the audience, "Get even with people. If they screw you, screw them back 10 times as hard. I really believe that.” He then called Jennifer Hawkins to the stage. Trump explained that the former Miss Universe failed to introduce him the day prior. When Hawkins tried to explain it was a miscommunication, Trump interrupted with, "I was actually going to get up and tell you that Jennifer is a beautiful girl on the outside, but she's not very bright." He later said, "And I heard that she wouldn't introduce me." Hawkins then said, "But I did!" Trump replied, "No, but you didn't. So what happens is -- and you know what? She came tonight, she came -- came, she came, she came.
  • At a rally in Kinston, North Carolina, Donald Trump pointed out a black supporter in the crowd, thinking he was a protester, prompting staff to remove him from the rally. Trump was quoted to have said “We have a protester! By the way, were you paid $1,500 to be a thug?”
  • Donald Trump ran a campaign ad in India, saying, "The Indian and Hindu community will have a true friend in the White House. We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism." He then spoke in Hindi with the message that translates to, "This time a Trump government", appropriating the Indian Prime Minister's slogan of "this time Modi government". The ad ends with Trump saying, "We love the Hindus, we love India." BBC reporter Vikas Pandey questioned people in the streets of Indian capital, Delhi, to gauge their reactions. Most feedback was very negative, one person of note saying, "Mr. Trump seemed to be addressing only Hindus through the video. How could he just assume that Hindus means India? We are a plural country, Mr. Trump. Muslims, Sikhs and Christians also live in this country."
  • 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, "..
  • Conservative radio host Matt Forney tweeted: "in my experience though, the majority of white women are having sex dreams about Trump, expect a white baby boom after he takes office." This came in response to Cosmopolitan writer Laura Beck writing in jest about how Trump's groping scandals are negatively effecting her sex life. He first responded with this tweet: "I fully endorse shitlibs not having sex due to Trump, it makes them less likely to breed."
  • Donald Trump claimed and was granted $17 million for his Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago property for supposed damages sustained from a 2005 hurricane, despite multiple claims and speculation that the estate hardly suffered any damage at all. Trump's longtime butler told the AP, "That house has never been seriously damaged." And Tim Frank, Palm Beach's planning administrator also told AP in 2005 that, "If there were $17 million dollars of damage, we sure as hell would have known about that. I would have known if there was anything in the magnitude of $100,000." Trump also never took out a large-scale construction permit for repairs.
  • 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?".
  • The days following Hurricane Sandy, where dozens of people died and most of New York was shut down, Donald Trump reportedly forced his 'Apprentice' staffers to come back into work. Several staffers have spoken out about the absurdity of having to work directly after the devastating hurricane, one employee of note reported saying, "We all worked the day after. The whole city was shut down. It was really irresponsible and selfish… Like, no one was under the illusion that we were making fine art here, that it had to be pushed that hard. It was crazy. Business in the city had basically shut down.”
  • 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.
  • At a Donald Trump rally in Virginia, a group of Trump supporters voiced their anger over CNN's treatment of Donald Trump. Several chanted "CNN sucks!" and "Tell the truth!". Once the crowd spotted CNN anchor Jim Acosta, they hurdled a myriad of insults his way. One supporter reportedly shouted, "You look like a woman!". Per Acosta, the crowd told him that CNN has no integrity, {CNN} is the worst, and that the crowd used 'choice language' toward him that he didn't want to repeat on air.
  • 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.
  • Actress Salma Hayek said Donald Trump planted a story about her in the National Enquirer, after she refused to date him, years ago. Hayek recalled on the "El Show del Mandril" radio show that, “When I met that man, I had a boyfriend, and he tried to become his friend to get my home telephone number. He got my number and he would call me to invite me out." She went on to say that after she told Trump she wouldn't date him even if she didn't have a boyfriend, that Trump planted a story in the National Enquirer that in fact it was Trump that refused to date Hayek, because Hayek was 'too short'.