Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2016 Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • Senator Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's pick for Attorney General, didn't truthfully answer a question about "any unsuccessful candidacies you have had for elective office or unsuccessful nominations for appointed offices" on his questionnaire for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sessions neglected to inform the committee that he was previously denied a Federal judgeship in the 1980's after racist statements he made came to light.
  • Donald Trump is refusing daily top-secret intelligence briefings known as the President's Daily Brief. Donald told Fox News Chris Wallace that "?you know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years. Could be eight years?—?but eight years. I don’t need that.”
  • Donald Trump responded to criticism by union workers who had their jobs shipped overseas by telling them they should have "spen[t] more time working-less time talking." The slight was against union members from Carrier, an air conditioning company that threatened to move their headquarters overseas before Trump promised them millions in dollars in tax breaks paid for by the residents of Indiana if they stayed. However, the company still moved hundreds of jobs out of the country, which prompted the criticism from the union.
  • Donald Trump tweeted that the government should cancel Boeing's contract to build a new Air Force One because the cost had skyrocketed to $4 billion. Trump didn't cite any evidence backing this claim up and the company responded that the current contract for the next generation executive plane is actually $170 million, well below the $4 billion Donald Trump claimed.
  • Real estate brokers trying to sell open condominiums in New York's Trump Tower are advertising that new tenants will have "Secret Service Protection" if they purchase one. The advertisements also called the Secret Service a "new amenity" in the tower.
  • Michael Flynn, Donald Trump's pick for National Security Adviser, has retweeted at least sixteen fake news stories since he joined Donald Trump's presidential campaign on August 9, 2016. Flynn forwarded conspiracy theories against President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and many other Democratic Party officials. Some of the most egregious Tweets accuse Secretary Clinton of being involved in a sex trafficking ring and President Obama of being a secret Muslim who has secretly funneled money to terrorists.
  • Donald Trump's son Eric claimed that the Presidential recount in Wisconsin will kill "at least 5,000 children." The baseless claim is taken from a Forbes article that suggested the Green Party should have spent the money they are for the recount on malaria prevention for children instead.
  • Thirty cars participated in a Ku Klux Klan rally in Roxboro, North Carolina to celebrate Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 Presidential election. Men and women participating in the rally were heard yelling "white power" and "hail victory" while driving through the small town.
  • Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump's daughter, sat in on a private meeting between the President-elect and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe while her husband sat in the background. Her participation can be seen as a conflict of interest for Donald Trump because Ivanka and her brother will be running his businesses while he is President. **Update** The New York Times reported that Ivanka is in the process of finalizing a business deal with a Japanese clothing manufacturer Sanei International whose largest shareholder is the state owned Development Bank of Japan .
  • Two Donald Trump supporters yelled anti-Muslim rhetoric while attempting to rip off a Muslim woman's hijab during a ride on the New York Subway. The attackers accused the woman of being a terrorist and told her to get out of America while other passengers sat idly by.
  • Donald Trump broke over 30 years of delicate diplomacy by speaking with Taiwan's President. No American leader has officially spoken with a Taiwanese leader since the United States established full diplomatic ties with China in 1979. The call has the potential to damage the relationship between the US and its largest trading partner in the world.
  • Donald Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes claimed that there is no such thing as facts anymore during an interview on NPR. While responding to a question about how the media should address Trump's lies she said that "[t]here’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore of facts." She went on to suggest that Donald Trump and his supporters actually believe what he's saying and that is more important than what the actual facts are.
  • Donald Trump's pick for Treasury Secretary once foreclosed on a 90-year-old woman after a 27-cent payment error. Steven Mnuchin, the nominee in question, ran a bank called OneWest that made millions of dollars in foreclosing properties during the housing crisis. But the most egregious case is that of them foreclosing on the elderly woman over an error that could have been easily taken care of using other means that wouldn't have forced her from her home.
  • Representative Tom Price, Donald Trump's pick as Secretary of Health and Human Services, belongs to a group called the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, which, among other things, believes that President Obama used hypnosis and mind control techniques to win the Presidency both in 2008 and in 2012.
  • A man who worked on Donald Trump's campaign in Michigan was convicted of ten counts of felony election fraud for forging signatures on petition forms back in 2012. The staffer, Brandon Hall, was convicted on all ten counts against him for signing other people’s names in support of 2012 judicial candidate Chris Houtaling.
  • Donald Trump tweeted that burning the American flag should be illegal and anyone who does so needs to face consequences. He suggested that flag burners should either be jailed for one year or stripped of their citizenship. Trump's exact tweet read: "Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!
  • A Donald Trump supporter shouted a sexist and vulgar pro-Trump rant on board a Delta airplane over the Thanksgiving day weekend, but was still allowed to stay on the flight. The supporter was videotaped shouting “[w]e got some Hillary bitches on here? Donald Trump, baby! It’s y’all president. Every goddamn one of you. If you don’t like it, too bad," among other vulgar things. Update: The unnamed Trump supporter has been banned from flying on any Delta plane for life.
  • A former colleague of Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon was accused of advocating that voting rights in the US should only be granted to property owners. The colleague, Julia Jones, said she told Bannon that would likely “exclude a lot of African-Americans,” to which Bannon reportedly replied "[m]aybe that’s not such a bad thing.”
  • Donald Trump's soon to be Deputy National Security Adviser once accused President Obama of supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups because he decided to attend the Paris Climate Conference over focusing solely on defeating ISIS. She claimed that President Obama's attendance at the conference "gives encouragement to the terrorists who feel that they have been selected and chosen by Allah to establish the caliphate and kill everybody who disagrees with them."
  • Donald Trump supporters in California sent identical letters to local mosques praising Trump's election and calling for the murder of Muslims. Part of the letter read that "[t]here’s a new sheriff in town — President Donald Trump. He’s going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he’s going to start with you Muslims. He’s going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews.”