Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2016 Republican Scandals

  • Donald Trump was told about the nature of one of the debate questions in advance of a primary Republican debate, hosted by Fox News, that Donald Trump decided to not show up for. Trump was informed that Megyn Kelly intended on asking him "a very pointed question directed at him" about his temperament and the many nasty things he has said about women, though he didn't know the exact wording. Megyn Kelly revealed this in her book, "Settle for More", which was released on election day.
  • In a Facebook post, DJ Scott Melker wrote his memories of attending University of Pennsylvania with Donald Trump Jr. In the post, he claimed that Donald Jr. was a "drunk" in college. He also told a story of the time Donald Sr. came to his son's dorm to pick him up for a baseball game. According to Melker, Don Jr. opened the door, wearing a Yankee Jersey. His father slapped him across the face, knocking him to the floor, and said "put on a suit and meet me outside."
  • A U.S. District Judge in Nevada has ordered representatives from the Trump campaign and the RNC to appear in court and be prepared to turn over "any training materials they provided to poll watchers, poll observers, exit pollsters or any other similarly tasked individuals" after the DNC filed lawsuit claiming that Trump and the RNC are engaging in illegal voter intimidation tactics.
  • Donald Trump, against the advice of his own lawyers, used a legally questionable tactic called "equity-for-debt" swaps in order to avoid paying millions of dollars in taxes in the 1990's - which are the only tax filings we have for Trump. The New York Times reported that this would typically not be allowed by the IRS, but they can not conclude if it was or not because they only have Trump's tax returns through 1994.
  • Multiple companies owned by Donald Trump have destroyed thousands of e-mails, digital records, and paper documents they were ordered to turn over to the courts for more than three decades. Trump and his companies have improperly destroyed or deleted documents they were ordered to turn over and then dragged out litigation as long as possible. Trump and his companies have also simply ignored multiple court orders and have even gone as far as refusing to allow government officials with a subpoena to inspect his offices.
  • Donald Trump's campaign has been accused of refusing to pay over three quarters of a million dollars to company they hired to conduct polling for them. The campaign is refusing to say why they are refusing to pay the firm and simply said that it was "an administrative issue."
  • Donald Trump told supporters at a Colorado rally that they should vote by mail and then go to the polls on election day and vote in person. He didn't inform those in attendance that it is illegal under Colorado law to void a ballot under any circumstances.
  • Donald Trump showed up and sat center stage to the grand opening ceremony of a nursery school for children with AIDS back in 1996 event though he had never contributed a dime to the charity. The Association to Benefit Children built the school and many major donors were seated front and center at the ceremony when Donald Trump showed up and took a seat along with them. He then got up and immediately left after the end of the ceremony without telling anyone why he showed up and without offering any monetary contribution to the charity. However, those in attendance most likely believed that Trump was a major contributor considering he was sitting on the stage.
  • Donald Trump claimed in a 1990 interview that adultery was not a sin.
  • A female voter in Des Moines, Iowa was arrested for casting two ballots for Donald Trump, because she believed 'the polls are rigged'. She claimed she felt like her first vote would be changed to a vote for Clinton. She told the Iowa Public Radio station that, "I wasn't planning on doing it twice, it was spur of the moment. The polls are rigged." The voter was arrested after the Elections Office staff reported the duplication, charged with first-degree election misconduct. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison.
  • Donald Trump has been accused of sexually assaulting a former beauty queen back in 2006 shortly before she was set to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman. Ninni Laaksonen, the former Miss Finland for 2006, accused Trump of groping her and grabbing her buttocks as she was posing for a picture with him.
  • Roger Stone, a top informal adviser to Donald Trump, has a website that allows Trump loyalists to print fake, but official-looking, identification badges so they would be able to look like formal pollsters conducting exit polls in cities with high minority populations on election day. The group, Vote Protectors, asks average citizens to sign up as "Exit Pollsters and Citizen Journalists" and then directs them to a page where they can print their official looking badge.
  • Top officials from Donald Trump's Super PAC Great America PAC colluded with who they thought was a wealthy donor from China and promised the supposed donor special access to Donald Trump in return for their donation. The person acting as the donor was in fact a team of under cover journalists. It is against Federal law to solicit any form of campaign donation from someone who isn't a United States citizen.
  • Report showed that Donald Trump spent nearly $300,000 of small donor's campaign contributions on 'books'. The books were purchased from Random House Publishing, the same publisher that published Trump's 'Art of the Deal' book, the same book that Trump is selling on his donor website for a minimum donation of $184. Trump was also falsely advertising the book on his site to be 'out of print', even though Barnes and Noble was selling copies for $22.35. Report suggested Trump used that money to buy his own books, something he had been caught doing in past already.
  • Adult film star Jessica Drake reported that she was invited to Donald Trump's hotel suite in 2006. She said she didn't feel comfortable going alone, so she brought two female friends with her. Once there, Trump allegedly hugged and kissed all three women without invitation. She reported that after that encounter, she went back to her room. Per Drake's report, Donald Trump then called and "asked me to return to his suite and have dinner with him, and he also invited me to a party." When she declined, Trump reportedly responded with, "What do you want? How much?". She declined again, but Trump or a male calling on his behalf called yet again, offering her $10,000 for her time. She once again declined.
  • Roger Stone, a top adviser to Donald Trump, said that he is planning on sending thousands of supporters to multiple inner cities on election day to conduct exit polls. None of these supporters are qualified to actually conduct exit polls and are more likely being sent to intimidate minority populations or to lay the groundwork to contest the election if Secretary Clinton wins.
  • A 45-year-old woman came forward to report that Donald Trump groped her inappropriately at the 1998 U.S. Open. She alleged that Donald first glared at her and commented about her appearance to his male friends. Then she said that he came up to her, grabbed her right arm and made contact with her right breast. When she flinched, he allegedly said, "Don't you know who I am?". She said she felt embarrassed and blamed herself for years.
  • Donald Trump was directly asked if he would accept defeat if he lost the election during the third and final Presidential debate and he refused to say he would. Trump responded “I will look at it at the time," and then added “I’ll keep you in suspense” after moderator Chris Wallace pressed him further.
  • A woman only known as Jane Doe has filed a civil lawsuit against Donald Trump and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein claiming that Trump raped her when she was only thirteen years old. The rape reportedly took place in 1994 at Mr. Epstein’s Manhattan residence. Update: A federal judge has ordered the lawyers for Trump, Epstein, and "Jane Doe" to appear in court on December 16, 2016.
  • Cathy Heller, 63, came forward about an incident she had with Trump. She alleges that decades ago, likely in 1997, at a Mother's Day brunch at Donald Trump's estate, Trump tried to kiss her on the lips without her consent, while she was simply holding her hand out for greeting. "He took my hand, and grabbed me, and went for my lips." she claimed. Alarmed, she leaned back and avoid him, she said. And then Trump said to her, "Oh, come on." She said he was strong, planted a kiss on the side of her mouth, and then just walked away. She added that he seemed to feel "entitled" to kiss her. Two others verified the story, though Trump denies it ever happened.