Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2016 Major Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • Donald Trump kicked out a twelve year old child with cerebral palsy from a Florida rally after it became clear that he was there to protest the Republican nominees stances towards disabled people. The child's family was verbally and physically assaulted by Trump supporters before the nominee ordered them to be removed from the audience.
  • Donald Trump's top aides have taken away his access to Twitter and other social media platforms due to their fear that he will say something that will negatively impact his campaign in the final days of the election. Trump's bombastic tweets have been replaced with sober thank you's to the various towns he has held rallies in during the final week of the campaign.
  • A protester who held up a "Republicans Against Trump" sign was tackled and assaulted at a Nevada rally before someone in the crowd yelled that there was a gun. The protester later claimed that the only thing that saved him was the Secret Service and police who responded to the commotion and forced the Trump supporters off of him.
  • Donald Trump's wife, Melania, did multiple modeling jobs in the United States without a work visa when she first arrived in the United States back in the early 1990's. New documents show that Mrs. Trump earned $20,056 for services before she was legally able to earn any money in the US.
  • Dozens of Donald Trump supporters spread a lie around Twitter that encouraged Hillary Clinton supporters to vote by text. The Trump supporters illegally lifted images from Hillary Clinton's official campaign website and then directed her supporters to text their vote to a fake number.
  • The Trump Toronto, one of Canada's tallest buildings, has filed for bankruptcy and is now in receivership. Trump and his children attended the grand opening of the tower just over four years ago, but the tower never lived up to its potential and sold only 1/3 of the condos that were built.
  • Donald Trump has based a considerable amount of his campaign on his business success, but the New York Times has discovered that his companies have consistently over reported how much his companies are worth by using accounting tricks that show how much gross revenue they have made without factoring in operating costs and other factors. One example of this trick is when Trump's golf resort in Doral, Florida reported a gross revenue of $50 million on their tax filings, but after factoring in operating costs they actually lost $2.4 million.
  • Donald Trump has long denied that he has any connections to Robert LiButti, a New Jersey mob boss who was banned from New Jersey casinos over his alleged ties to organized crime, but a video has recently surfaced showing Trump and LiButti sitting next to each other in the front row of a "WrestleMania" match in 1988. LiButti's daughter also refuted Trump's denials about knowing her father by reporting that she and her father were personal guests of Trump at the wrestling match.
  • 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.
  • An LLC owned by Donald Trump has sued Washington, D.C. and accused them of overtaxing the new Trump International Hotel. Trump claims that the city has overvalued the property by $63 million dollars.
  • 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.
  • At a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas, former Libertarian vice-presidential candidate and author of "Angry White Male" speaker Wayne Allyn Root envisioned a fake scenario for Hillary Clinton and her top aide. Root attempted to fire up the crowd before Trump spoke by saying, "I heard a rumor, I don’t know if you’ve heard this rumor, but while we’re all gathered here, all the networks have wall-to-wall coverage of a live police chase. And it's Hillary in a white Ford Bronco. She's got Huma driving and they're headed for the Mexican border. I have a name. I have a name. I have a name for the future TV movie, it’s called ‘Driving Miss Hilary,’ and the ending, if we all get our wish, the ending is like the end of ‘Thelma and Louise.’”
  • 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 expressed frustration that the military can't waterboard detainees anymore and claimed that sometimes the United States needs to be "pretty vicious" in order to get what they need.
  • 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 claimed in a 1990 interview that adultery was not a sin.
  • 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.
  • 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.