Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2016 Republican Scandals

  • Donald Trump claimed that women with problems are "always the best in bed" during a 2005 discussion with Howard Stern. Trump and Stern were discussing Lindsay Lohan's struggles at the time and their discussion took a dark turn. Trump offered that "[s]he’s probably deeply troubled and therefore great in bed. How come the deeply troubled women, you know, deeply, deeply troubled, they’re always the best in bed?”
  • A woman has come forward and accused Donald Trump of sliding his hands underneath her mini-skirt and of touching her vagina through her underwear at a Manhattan social club in the early 1990's. The woman said she immediately told friends who corroborated her version of the incident to the Washington Post.
  • A former supermodel has come forward and accused Donald Trump of lewd and derogatory comments directed towards women during a White House dinner in 1993. The woman who has come forward said Trump wouldn't stop talking about the size of women's breasts and said that "fat women aren’t real women.” The host of the party, Editor Graydon Carter of Vanity Fair magazine, corroborated the woman's account and said she asked her to be moved to another table.
  • Former 'Apprentice' contestant Summer Zervos accused Donald Trump of making unwanted sexually advances toward her in 2007, two years after she left the show. Zervos first allegedly met with Donald Trump for an employment opportunity in 2007 at Trump's New York office. Zervos said Trump kissed her unexpectedly multiple times on the lips at the office. Trump then allegedly invited her to met again to further discuss opportunities at a Los Angeles hotel, according to Zervos, where Trump made multiple sexual advances toward her, all unwarranted. Trump denies the interaction at the hotel ever happened. Zervos reportedly decided to go public with this story after multiple reports came out of Trump's behavior toward women in the past.
  • PEOPLE Magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff reported that during a December 2005 interview with Donald Trump and his former wife Melania at Trump's house, Trump forced himself on her and told her they were going to have an affair, while Melania left the room for a few minutes. Natasha reported that Trump asked her to come see a 'tremendous' room. Once inside, Donald allegedly pushed her against the wall and forced his tongue down her throat. According to Stoynoff, a minute later, the butler came in and let them know Melania would be back shortly. Trump then said, "You know we're going to have an affair, don't you?".
  • Multiple former 1997 Miss Teen USA contestants have accused Donald Trump of walking in on them when they were undressed in a dressing room during the pageant. They claimed Trump "just came strolling right in. There was no second to put a robe on or any sort of clothing or anything. Some girls were topless. Others girls were naked. Our first introduction to him was when we were at the dress rehearsal and half-naked changing into our bikinis." The former teenagers also claimed that employees with the pageant encouraged the young girls to "lavish Trump with attention."
  • A woman publicly came forward and accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her during a flight in the 1980's. She claimed to have sit next to Trump on a flight to New York and that Trump grabbed her breasts and attempted to put his hands up her skirt. Trump has denied the allegations, but the New York Times has spoken with four separate people who confirmed the woman's story.
  • A woman has come forward and accused Donald Trump of kissing her on the cheeks and mouth without her permission while in an elevator with him at Trump Tower in New York City back in 2005. The alleged victim claimed Trump shook her hand outside of an elevator but then began kissing her cheeks and then her mouth. The victim then immediately called her sister and recounted what had just happened.
  • A woman has come forward and accused Donald Trump of groping her at a party in Florida. The victim immediately went to one of her companions and informed him of the incident and her companion backs up her story.
  • Donald Trump told Howard Stern in a 2005 interview that he enjoyed walking in on Miss USA pageant contestants while they were getting dressed because he "sort of got away with things like that.” He full statement reads: “I’ll tell you the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed. No men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in, because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it…. ‘Is everyone OK’? You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody OK?’ And you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that.”
  • The New York Attorney General has ordered that the Donald J. Trump foundation cease all activity in New York, the state the charity is located in. While the order only pertains to New York, it will likely have an impact nationwide because the charity is headquartered in the state.
  • Over twenty former crew members, editors and contestants on Donald Trump's show "The Apprentice" have accused him of a wide range of sexist and lewd behavior throughout the shows history. The former crew members also claimed Trump would talk about the breast size of female contestants and openly discussed which ones he would like to have sex with.
  • Donald Trump is accused of pressuring his second wife, Marla Maples, to pose nude in Playboy magazine in 1990 and even went so far as to negotiate the amount of money she would receive. Maples refused to pose for the magazine because she didn't want to be exploited and worried that she would never be taken seriously again.
  • Healy Baumgardner, Donald Trump's senior press representative, has resigned from the campaign citing the direction the campaign was going. Ms. Baumgardner wrote that “[i]t is clear the campaign is now going in a direction I am no longer comfortable with and I have decided to move on.”
  • Tax filings also show that Eric Trump's charity directly gave $188,000 to Donald Trump to host charity events at multiple of his golf courses. The charity itself also spent $880,000 to host golf events at Trump's clubs.
  • House and Senate Republicans are refusing Democrats requests to investigate Donald Trump's ties to various oligarchs in Russia. Democrats in both chambers of Congress have asked their Republican colleagues who are in control to look into Trump's business and financial ties with Russia, but they have so far refused.
  • A hotel owned by Donald Trump secretly conducted business in Cuba, which was against federal law. Documents that recently came to light show that Trump's Hotel and Casino spent $68,551.88 in Cuba during the late 1990's even though it was illegal to spend any amount at all.
  • Seven Trump Hotels ignored repeated warnings that a hacker had stolen guest credit card numbers and other personal information from Trump Hotel computers and then tried to cover it up after it was brought to their attention. The cover up negligence led to a subsequent a by the same hackers who breached the system the first time. The Trump Organization later settled a lawsuit where they admitted the wrongdoing and promised to enhance their security measures.
  • Donald Trump lied about trying to bribe Jeb Bush when he was Governor of Florida during an earlier Republican Presidential Debate. Jeb Bush said that Trump got upset with him during his tenure because Trump wanted to build a casino in Florida, but Bush wouldn't go along with it, even after Trump donated to him. Trump insisted that if he wanted gambling in Florida he would have gotten, but that is not factually accurate.
  • The United States Secret Service has reimbursed a company owned by Donald Trump $1.6 million to cover the cost of flying its agents with the candidate on a plane owned and operated by one of his companies, TAG Air, Inc. It is common practice for the agency to reimburse candidates for travel expenses, but this is the first time the agency has ever reimbursed a company owned by an actual candidate.