Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2016 Major Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • 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.
  • Donald Trump’s director of African-American outreach, Omarosa Manigault, claimed that “[e]very critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump. It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, who ever disagreed, who ever challenged him. It is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe” during an interview on PBS.
  • Donald Trump's campaign chair in an important Ohio country claimed that there was no racism in America before President Obama was elected eight years ago. She went on to say that “[if] you’re black and you haven’t been successful in the last 50 years, it’s your own fault. You’ve had every opportunity, it was given to you.”
  • 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.
  • Donald Trump has received hundreds of millions of dollars from Russian businessmen throughout his career in real estate, even though he said he has "zero" investments in Russia. These investments would question his ability to fulfill his duties of President because of the potential conflict of interest between his business dealings and his duties as President.
  • Donald Trump's campaign has spent more than $8.2 million in donor money to reimburse his family's businesses for campaign expenses. That totals nearly ten percent of all funding for his campaign, which is unprecedented in American history.
  • Donald Trump said the best way to stop and prevent crime in Americas inner cities is to reinstate the controversial practice known as "stop and frisk" where police are able to search individuals without a warrant or probable cause. The practice was recently determined to be unconstitutional and ordered to stop by a Federal judge.
  • Former Republican President George HW Bush is reportedly voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election. Bush supposedly said that he is "with her" during a private meeting with Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend.
  • Donald Trump's son compared Syrian refugees fleeing the war torn country with a bowl of skittles in a Tweet that read "If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. [sic] Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.” The originator of the Tweet was former far-right Congressman Joe Walsh, but Trump Jr. did not give Walsh any credit for his post.
  • Donald Trump said that the Secret Service members in charge of Hillary Clinton's safety should disarm and stop protecting her. He proceeded to say "[l]et's see what happens to her. Take their guns away, O.K. It'll be very dangerous."
  • Donald Trump was invited to Flint, Michigan to discuss the city's water crisis but instead used the opportunity to attack Hillary Clinton. The pastor of the church Trump was speaking at interrupted Mr. Trump and reminded him that she invited him there to not discuss politics and asked him to get back to the topic of Flint.
  • Five people were arrested at a Donald Trump rally in North Carolina after one of them punched a 69 year old woman in her face. The punch knocked her to the ground and nearly rendered her unconscious. She was transported to the hospital where she was treated for sore ribs, a sore jaw, and a cut elbow. The woman was part of a group of peaceful protesters at the Trump rally and says she was punched by a Trump supporter after the rally had concluded. No arrests were initially made, but police now have five people in custody and an arrest warrant for two more.
  • The Trump Foundation spent $20,000 on a portrait of Donald Trump that wound up being placed in one Trump's golf courses. The painting was done by Michael Israel at a foundation event.
  • Donald Trump boasted that his Trump Tower complex was the newest tallest in New York City the same day terrorists struck the twin towers on 9/11/2011. Trump responded to a question about the attack by saying "40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest, and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest. And now it’s the tallest."
  • The Donald J. Trump foundation gave a $25,000 to a campaign group affiliated with Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi, which is against federal law. The IRS forced Donald Trump to repay the amount in full because individuals are barred from using their charities to donate to political groups.
  • The Donald J Trump Foundation repeatedly told the IRS that they donated to charities who never actually received any donation from the foundation. The Foundation has not explained the discrepancy and has refused repeated requests to clarify their donations.
  • A class action lawsuit was filed against Donald Trump's campaign accusing it of illegally sending unsolicited text messages without prior consent from consumers. This is an apparent violation of the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act which sets limits on the use of robocalls and the number of unsolicited phone calls and text messages a campaign or company can send without consent from the consumer.
  • Donald Trump went on RT - a state run Russian television station in the United States - and criticized the American press for how they were covering his Presidential campaign. Trump was asked what surprised him the most about running for President and he responded with “[w]ell, I think the dishonesty of the media. The media has been unbelievably dishonest. I mean they’ll take a statement that you make which is perfect and they’ll cut it up and chop it up and shorten it or lengthen it or do something with it.”
  • One of Donald Trump's top foreign police advisers is under federal investigation over his ties to the Russian government. Carter Page, the adviser in question, is being investigated over his reported private communication with Russian authorities over the "possible lifting of economic sanctions if the Republican nominee becomes president," among other things.