Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2016 Major Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was charged with misdemeanor battery for forcibly grabbing reporter Michelle Fields at an event. A video was later released showing Lewandowski grabbing Fields. Trump claimed that the footage proved nothing.
  • Two Donald Trump supporters at a rally in Janesville, Wisconsin are accused of sexually assaulting and pepper spraying a 15 year old who was attending a protest against the Presidential candidate. They are also accused of pepper spraying a 19 year old female who was standing next to her.
  • Florida governor, Rick Scott, signed a bill into law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, annual inspections for clinics, and bans the purchase, sell or transfer of fetal remains. The law upgrades the failure to properly dispose of fetal tissue from a second-degree misdemeanor to a first-degree misdemeanor.
  • Indiana governor, Mike Pence, signed a large abortion bill that some advocates called a "kitchen sink" bill. It bans abortions for reasons of genetic anomaly, requires fetal remains to be cremated or buried, and bans fetal tissue research.
  • The National Inquirer published a story accusing Senator Ted Cruz of having multiple and ongoing extramarital affairs. Senator Cruz refuted the allegations, but multiple Cruz opponents on both sides of the political aisle have been pushing these accusations for months.
  • North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill into law that struck down an ordinance which contained a controversial provision allowing a transgender person to use a bathroom that they identified with .
  • Republicans in Arizona closed 70 percent of polling stations in its most populous county, which caused hours long lines for voters who wanted to cast a ballot in the 2016 primary. Arizona used to have to get clearance by the Department of Justice before making any changes to their voting laws, but a recent Supreme Court decision allowed them to make changes without approval from the Federal Government.
  • Donald Trump's campaign aid an advertisement that showed President Putin of Russia fighting a judo match and then split to a frame of Secretary Clinton barking like a dog. The video of Clinton barking like a dog was taken out of context because she was actually poking fun of Republicans when she did that.
  • Donald Trump said there will be riots in the streets if the Republican Party doesn't nominate his as their Presidential candidate at their 2016 convention. Many Republicans are suggesting the only way to stop Donald Trump will be if he doesn't get enough votes to outright win the Republican nomination. They would then hold a "contested convention" where anyone can technically become the nominee.
  • Ben Carson claimed that he didn't want to endorse Donald Trump, but decided to after Trump promised him a position in his Administration if he is elected.
  • Donald Trump makes all of his volunteers sign a contract that prohibits them from speaking negatively of him or his entire family for life. The contract also forbids them from working for any other potential campaign shall Trump not get the nomination.
  • Donald Trump claimed a protester who rushed the stage at a rally in Ohio had ties to ISIS and he used a link to an internet hoax as his "evidence." When Trump was confronted about the hoax during an appearance on "Meet the Press" by host Chuck Todd, Trump doubled down and said that "it was on the internet."
  • Donald Trump lifted entire paragraphs from an Op-Ed Ben Carson wrote and repeated them nearly verbatim in a March 9th Op-Ed in the Pacific Daily News in Guam.
  • A Donald Trump supporter sucker punched a black protester in the face as he was being escorted of the rally by police. Instead of arresting the person who punched the protester, the police arrested the protester who was assaulted. Update: The supper has been charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct.
  • Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump made attendees attending a rally in Florida raise their right hand and swear to vote for him in their states primary. Trump's pledge was: "I do solemnly swear that I, no matter how I feel, no matter what the conditions, if there are hurricanes or whatever, will vote on or before the 12th [sic] for Donald J. Trump for President." (Note--the Florida primary is on March 15th) Trump went on to say that "[b]ad things happen if you don't live up to what you just did."
  • The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) ramped up security at their event in 2016, not allowing any firearms in. All attendees had to walk through metal detectors at the entrance, with signs citing "Absolutely No Weapons Allowed". Top NRA speakers gave speeches to large crowds of staunch 2nd amendment advocates, in a facility CPAC deemed too unsafe to allow their own constituents and supporters to carry firearms at, for one example.
  • Donald Trump is known for railing against the outsourcing of American jobs on the campaign trail, but he had a different opinion on the subject ten years ago. Trump wrote a piece to Trump University students where he said "[w]e hear terrible things about outsourcing jobs—how sending work outside of our companies is contributing to the demise of American businesses. But in this instance I have to take the unpopular stance that it is not always a terrible thing." He went on to suggest that outsourcing eventually creates more American jobs and increases wages for certain segments of the American population.
  • When it came to the handling of frequent protests at his rallies, Trump said he was tired of "political correctness." After watching a protester fight with rally-goers, Trump said that it was " really amazing to watch." As one protester was being forcefully ejected ,Trump said "Try not to hurt him. If you do I'll defend you in court."
  • Ohio Governor John Kasich was pulled over for unlawfully passing an emergency vehicle in 2008. In a speech to the EPA , Kasich reflected on the event, calling the police officer "an idiot," also saying he had not broken the law. A police official released a dash cam video of Kasich, which contradicts Kasich's claims.
  • A peaceful black female protester who raised an objection during a Donald Trump rally was assaulted and ridiculed by predominately white male protesters as she was trying to walk out of the venue. The woman later said that the people who assaulted her and the surrounding crowd called her a cunt and a nigger. Update: One of the protesters was an active duty Marine and has been discharged from the Corps.