Conservative Controversies & Scandals
2016 Republican Controversies
Billionaire Virgin founder Richard Branson blogged about an encounter he had with Donald Trump. Per Branson's entry: "Some years ago, Mr Trump invited me to lunch for a one-to-one meeting at his apartment in Manhattan. We had not met before and I accepted. Even before the starters arrived he began telling me about how he had asked a number of people for help after his latest bankruptcy and how five of them were unwilling to help. He told me he was going to spend the rest of his life destroying these five people.” Branson said he found this 'very bizarre', and felt like Trump invited him to ask for money, which he said he would become the sixth person on Trump's revenge list, if so.
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.
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.”
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."
Speaking at a Learning Annex convention in 2006, Donald Trump reportedly had this to say about Condoleezza Rice: "I wish she was a bitch. I don't care if she's a lovely woman. I want somebody that can go and make deals. She goes to countries, nothing ever happens. Except sound bytes." A New York Daily News article also reported on the story in 2006, reporting a slightly different quote, "Condoleezza Rice, she's a lovely woman, but I think she's a bitch. She goes around to other countries and other nations, negotiates with their leaders, comes back and nothing ever happens."
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."
Donald Trump used twitter to create a series of comments which questioned the fairness of the presidential election. He was quoted to have tweeted “The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary - but also at many polling places - SAD.” Trump did not provide any evidence to back his allegations, although, he urged his supports to observe voting locations in order to prevent a "stolen" election.
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".
On a season 13 episode of 'The Apprentice', Donald Trump repeatedly called rapper and contestant Lil Jon the racial slur 'Uncle Tom', even after several producers tried to tell Donald that the term was racially offensive. Lil Jon dressed in an Uncle Sam costume as a stunt on the show, for a segment that had contestants competing to advertise hair products. When Trump heard of Lil Jon's stunt, one producer recalled Trump saying, "Look, he's Uncle Tom!" Even after the context was explained to Trump, producers said he kept saying it, claiming, "No, that's a saying, it's Uncle Tom."
In the first episode of the fifth season of 'The Apprentice', Donald Trump fired contestant Summer Zervos for interrupting him as he was about to fire someone else on the show that Trump said was 'a horrible leader'. As Zervos left the room, Trump told the guy he was about to fire that, "She saved your ass, with her own stupidity." Zervos has since come out to accuse Trump of sexually assaulting her at his golf course in California, two years later, while they were meeting to discuss another job opportunity.
At a Donald Trump rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, a protester was shoved and put in a head lock by a Donald Trump supporter. The protester was reported to be holding a USA flag "upside down". The crowd began by yelling at the protester, and Donald Trump pointed directly at the protester to "get out!". Then one supporter shoved the protester, trying to escorting him out of the rally. When the protester fought back, the supporter put the man in a headlock. Police intervened, and both men were eventually escorted out of the rally. Trump then said to the crowd, "That's what's happening to our country, that's what happening. That is total disrespect for our flag, that's what's happening to our country. We're going to turn it around, folks. We're going to turn it around."
At a Donald Trump Rally in North Carolina, Donald Trump appeared to have commented on Hilary Clinton's physical appearance, by saying: “I’m standing at my podium and she walks in front of me, right.. She walks in front of me, you know. And when she walked in front of me, believe me, I wasn’t impressed.” Trump was commenting on Hilary Clinton walking to his side of the stage in the 2nd presidential debate. The debate was a town hall forum, where questions came directly from the audience.
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.
Lisa Boyne is accusing Donald Trump of looking up multiple female model's skirts at a dinner party in the summer of 1996, and commenting on whether or not they were wearing underwear, as well as what their genitals looked like. Boyne was invited to the dinner party by her friend Sonja Morgan, that was herself invited to the restaurant by Donald Trump and modeling agent John Casablancas. According to Boyne, John brought five or six models, and once at the semi circle table flanked by Donald and John, were only able to leave if they walked on top of the table, allowing Trump to look up each model's skirt.
Fox Business Anchor Lou Dobbs quoted a tweet from a Trump supporter on twitter, that contained personal information about a woman that claimed Donald Trump groped her on an airplane decades ago. The tweet's link went to a conservative website, where the 74-year-old woman's home address and phone number were posted. Lou Dobbs has sinced deleted the post, and apologized. But the tweet was retweeted 800 times.
The Evangelical college of Liberty University started a protest group against Donald Trump, calling themselves 'Liberty United Against Trump', in opposition to the school president Jerry Falwell Jr. publicly endorsing Trump. The protest group released a statement, signed by 250 Liberty students, faculty, and alumni, that, in part, said: In the months since Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed him, Donald Trump has been inexorably associated with Liberty University. We are Liberty students who are disappointed with President Falwell’s endorsement and are tired of being associated with one of the worst presidential candidates in American history. Donald Trump does not represent our values and we want nothing to do with him.
At a Donald Trump rally in Lakeland, Florida, in the crowd just behind Trump's podium, an older white woman was holding a sign up that read: BLACKS FOR TRUMP. CBS news producers noted: "these rallies can often be confusing, and signs are usually indiscriminately placed in the stands for attendees to use. And there were signs with several different messages in the crowd. She may have picked up the wrong sign."
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.