Conservative Controversies & Scandals
2016 Major Republican Scandals & Controversies
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.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an avid Donald Trump supporter, had a heated exchange with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly about Donald Trump. During the interview, Kelly brought up Trump being a 'sexual predator'-- "If Trump is a sexual predator.." Megyn began. Gingrich interrupted immediately with, "He's not a sexual predator." When Kelly told him it was just his opinion, Gingrich pointed to the screen and said, "You could not defend that statement. I am sick and tired of people like you using language that's inflammatory that's not true." After more heated exchange, Gingrich said Megyn was "fascinated with sex", and tried to force Megyn to say that Bill Clinton was a sexual predator. Kelly concluded the interview saying, "..
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.
Donald Trump criticized the U.S. attempt to retake Mosul from Islamic State fighters, after reports came out that Chief Petty Officer Jason Finan, 34, died in the effort. Trump's tweet read: "The attack on Mosul is turning out to be a total disaster. We gave them months of notice. U.S. is looking so dumb. VOTE TRUMP and WIN AGAIN!". Many were appalled by the tweet, one response to Trump of note saying: "@realDonald Trump, would you tell the family of Jason Finan, a US Navy Sailor who died 3 days ago during Mosul operation, that he was dumb?".
Two of Donald Trump's former aides are connected to a lobbying firm that sought to win a contract with the Russian government to place iris-scanning machines in Moscow’s subway stations. Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former aide Rick Gates had lucrative financial ties to EyeLock, the firm that lobbied the Russian government for the contract.
Donald Trump used a Catholic charities dinner that was supposed to be a lighthearted affair to raise money for children to attack Secretary Clinton. The crowd booed loudly as Trump attacked Clinton, but he seemed to convince himself that the crowd was booing at Secretary Clinton and not him.
Donald Trump said he will sue all the women that have come forward, reporting Trump sexually assaulted them, after the presidential election is over. He made these comments at a rally in Gettysburg, PA: "All of these liars will be sued after the election is over," referring to the 17 women (and counting) that have come forward. He went on to say, "Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign." He also went on to imply that Hilary Clinton paid them to make up these stories to, again, damage his campaign.
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.
Former RNC Chair Michael Steele said he was "damn near puking during the debates," in an interview at the 40th anniversary of Mother Jones event. Steele said, "I will not be voting for Clinton. I will not be voting for Trump either." He went on to say he thinks Trump only represents 30% of the Republican Party, and that Trump has, "captured that racist underbelly, that frustration, that angry underbelly of American life and gave voice to that.”
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.
The morning following the final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, Donald tweeted: “Why didn't Hillary Clinton announce that she was inappropriately given the debate questions — she secretly used them! Crooked Hillary." Before the debate, moderator Chris Wallace made it very clear that neither candidate had any prior knowledge of the exact questions he was going to ask.
Donald Trump said he would get rid of "bad hombres" living in the United States during the third and final Presidential debate between himself and Secretary Clinton. Trump made the statement during a discussion about immigration reform. When asked how he would handle the millions of undocumented immigrants in America he responded that "[w]e'll get them out, secure the border and once the border is secured at a later date we'll make a determination as to the rest. But we have some bad hombres here and we're going to get them out."
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.
Donald Trump interrupted Hilary Clinton during the 3rd presidential debate, calling her 'such a nasty woman'. Clinton was asked a question from the moderator about entitlement reform. And in the middle of her answer, Trump raised his finger, leaned into the mic and made his remark. Clinton didn't stop speaking, nor did she react to the comment. The next day, the twitter hashtag #nastywoman and #Iamanastywoman trended by feminists users, mocking Donald Trump.
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.
In Waterloo Iowa, an apparent Donald Trump advocate graffiti-ed the word 'TRUMP' in red spray paint, on the side of the Masjid Al Noor mosque's building. The exact motivation and party responsible for the vandalism is yet known. Though many members of the mosque believe that Donald Trump's negative rhetoric towards Muslims prompted the act, with many members saying this crime should be treated as a "hate crime".
In December 1992, The Chicago Tribune reported on an encounter Donald Trump had in a hotel, with two 14-year-old girls.The exert from the article reads: Donald Trump turned up Monday for a carol sing by a youth choir outside Manhattan's Plaza Hotel. He asked two of the girls how old they were. After they replied they were 14, Trump said, "Wow! Just think -- in a couple of years I'll be dating you."