Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2016 State Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • 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?”
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Many wealthy Donald Trump supporters have written to the campaign to ask for their money back. They have expressed dismay at Trump's handling of the campaign and disappointment with the recent revelations that Trump was caught on tape bragging about physically and sexually assaulting women.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 cited a story from Sputnik, a Russian propaganda newspaper, in an attempt to prove that Hillary Clinton was responsible for the 2012 Benghazi attacks. Trump told held up a piece of paper before his audience and read quotes from the propaganda piece that claimed Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal wrote that the attack was preventable and laid blame on Secretary Clinton. Trump then let the paper fall to the ground. Blumenthal didn't actually write that email Trump quoted because it was written by Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald. It was Sputnik that either intentionally or unintentionally mis-attributed the quote to Bluemthal, but Trump didn't seem to be aware of that.
  • Donald Trump told a largely white audience in Pennsylvania that "other communities" have the potential to steal the election from him and encouraged them to go and "watch other communities, because we don't want this election stolen from us."
  • More than a year before officially becoming Donald Trump's campaign manager, Breitbart CEO Stephen Bannon bragged to writer Julia Jones that he was unofficially running Trump's campaign. Jones asked if she could report it, but Bannon said that it was confidential. Bannon went on to say that he liked "Trump [because he] is a nationalist who embraces [Sen. Jeff Sessions’s] immigration plan.”
  • 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.”
  • In a September 2004 interview, Donald Trump agreed with and allowed Howard Stern to call his daughter Ivanka "a piece of ass" on 'The Howard Stern' radio program. Transcript: "My daughter is beautiful, Ivanka." says Trump. "By the way, your daughter.." says Stern. "She's beautiful." responds Trump. "Can I say this? A piece of ass." Stern responds. "Yeah." says Trump.
  • CNN Reporter Erin Burnett reports that in March 2010 Donald Trump kissed a friend of hers, without consent. The undisclosed friend said per Burnett: "Trump took Tic Tacs, suggested that I take them also. He then leaned in ... catching me off guard and kissed me almost on the lips. I was really freaked out.” After Trump made his move, she went on to comment on the interaction: “Trump asked me to come into his office alone. I figured I could handle myself. Anyway, once in his office he kept telling me how special I am and gave me his cell phone and asked me to call him. I ran the hell out of there.” This happened in a board room, with another man present, that has confirmed the story.
  • Donald Trump's real estate development company has used steel and aluminum from China for construction projects dating back to the early 2000's.
  • Former New York City mayor and current Donald Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani said in an interview that Trump is more qualified to be President "than a woman." Giuliani asked "This Week" moderator George Stephanopoulos “[d]on’t you think a man who has this kind of economic genius is a lot better for the United States than a woman, and the only thing she’s ever produced is a lot of work for the FBI checking out her emails?”
  • 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.