Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2016 Republican Controversies

  • Televangelist and Trump supporter, Mark Burns, tweeted a cartoon that accused Hilary Clinton of pandering to black voters. The cartoon portrayed Clinton in black face, with a quote that read "Black Americans, Thank you for your votes and letting me use you again... see you again in 4 years."
  • Steve Bannon, the CEO of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, was accused of being an anti-Semite by his ex-wife during divorce proceedings. Mary Louise Piccard accused Bannon of saying multiple negative and derogatory comments about the Jewish people and that he insisted on sending their children to a school that didn't have a large Jewish population.
  • Donald Trump appeared to call for gun rights activists to take up arms against Secretary Clinton during a rally in North Carolina. Trump attacked Clinton's stance on guns and warned that she would nominate anti-gun judges should she be elected. That's when he suggested that "Second Amendment people" may be able to do something to stop her.
  • Donald Trump's son reportedly asked Governor John Kasich to run domestic and foreign policy if he would agree to become his Vice President. Donald Turmp Jr. reached out to Governor Kasich's senior adviser to make the offer. Trump eventually picked Governor Mike Pence from Indiana as his running mate. Putting a Vice President in charge of the Constitutionally mandated duties a President is unheard of in American history and would raise some serious Constitutional questions about who was actually in charge of the country.
  • Donald Trump's wife, Melania Trump, lifted two paragraphs from a speech Michelle Obama gave at the 2008 Democratic National Convention while delivering her speech to the 2016 Republican National Convention. The Trump campaign initially denied that they lifted the paragraphs, but eventually admitted that a speechwriter did in fact lift the paragraphs after Mrs. Trump told her that she admired the current First Lady.
  • Donald Trump posted an attack ad featuring the Secretary Clinton's face over a backdrop of $100 dollar bills and an image of a six-pointed star — the Jewish Star of David — next to Mrs. Clinton's face. The star also had "Most corrupt candidate ever" printed on it. The image Trump posted originated on a known Neo-Nazi website.
  • Donald Trump implied that President Obama is sympathetic to Islamic terrorists in America and abroad by telling "Fox and Friends" that " “[Obama] doesn’t get it, or he gets it better than anybody understands. It’s one or the other. And either one is unacceptable.” Trump, as is often the case, did not offer any proof and the "Fox and Friends" hosts didn't push back against Trump's claim.
  • BuzzFeed announced that they will be voiding a $1.3 million dollar advertising deal with the Republican National Committee due to their many issues with Donald Trump's rhetoric on and off the campaign trail, especially when it comes to his attacks on the media and people of color.
  • Multiple veterans who are also pilots have come forward and accused Donald Trump and his now defunct aviation company Trump Shuttle of refusing to hire them because they were a reservist in the military. Federal law prohibits employers from refusing to hire or firing any employee based solely on the fact that they are in the military.
  • Donald Trump incorrectly told a crowd at a rally in California that officials in California were lying about the states devastating drought in order to save a fish that is nearing extinction. Trump was referring to a fish called the Delta smelt, which is nearing extinction, but he dramatically overstated the amount of water being used to keep the fish from going extinct.
  • Donald Trump's campaign adviser Hope Hicks accidentally emailed a reporter internal documents showing that the campaign is planning to attack Hillary Clinton on the decades old controversy about Whitewater. Hope meant to respond to Michael Caputo, the author of the internal document, but accidentally forwarded the email to Politico reporter Marc Caputo.
  • To celebrate Cinco De Mayo, Donald Trump tweeted a picture of himself eating a taco bowl with the caption "I love Hispanics!"
  • The Republican National Committee is sending deceptive mailings to voters that have "NOTICE OF DELINQUENCY" emblazoned on the front of the envelope. The mailings then contain a letter from committee chairman Reince Priebus asking them for money. The mailings have confused and angered many of the recipients because they were led to believe that they had a bill that was past due only to open the mailing up and realize it was a fundraising drive.
  • Utah governor, Gary Herbert signed a bill requiring doctors to administer anesthesia to women receiving an abortion at the 20th week of gestation. The bill states that an anesthetic or analgesic will “eliminate or alleviate organic pain to the unborn child.”
  • Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was charged with misdemeanor battery for forcibly grabbing reporter Michelle Fields at an event. A video was later released showing Lewandowski grabbing Fields. Trump claimed that the footage proved nothing.
  • Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's campaign manager, is accused of grabbing Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields's arm and pulling her to the ground as she was trying to ask Trump a question after a campaign event. She later filed a criminal complaint against Lewandowski in Jupiter, Florida and accused him of battery. Update: Police charged Corey Lewandowski with simple battery, a misdemeanor.
  • Florida governor, Rick Scott, signed a bill into law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, annual inspections for clinics, and bans the purchase, sell or transfer of fetal remains. The law upgrades the failure to properly dispose of fetal tissue from a second-degree misdemeanor to a first-degree misdemeanor.
  • Indiana governor, Mike Pence, signed a large abortion bill that some advocates called a "kitchen sink" bill. It bans abortions for reasons of genetic anomaly, requires fetal remains to be cremated or buried, and bans fetal tissue research.
  • North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill into law that struck down an ordinance which contained a controversial provision allowing a transgender person to use a bathroom that they identified with .
  • Texas state agriculture commissioner Sid Miller posted a fake photo of President Obama holding a Che Guevara shirt, calling the action "disgraceful."