Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2016 Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • Donald Trump was told about the nature of one of the debate questions in advance of a primary Republican debate, hosted by Fox News, that Donald Trump decided to not show up for. Trump was informed that Megyn Kelly intended on asking him "a very pointed question directed at him" about his temperament and the many nasty things he has said about women, though he didn't know the exact wording. Megyn Kelly revealed this in her book, "Settle for More", which was released on election day.
  • Despite Donald Trump and his spokespeople repeatedly claiming they had no contact with Russian officials or diplomats during the U.S. election campaign, Russian diplomats confirmed they in fact were. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, "There were contacts." He also went on the record to say, "Obviously, we know most of the people from his entourage... I cannot say that all of them, but quite a few have been staying in touch with Russian representatives. We continue this work, of course."
  • In a Facebook post, DJ Scott Melker wrote his memories of attending University of Pennsylvania with Donald Trump Jr. In the post, he claimed that Donald Jr. was a "drunk" in college. He also told a story of the time Donald Sr. came to his son's dorm to pick him up for a baseball game. According to Melker, Don Jr. opened the door, wearing a Yankee Jersey. His father slapped him across the face, knocking him to the floor, and said "put on a suit and meet me outside."
  • Brazilian authorities launched an investigation into possible criminal investments made in the development of Trump Towers Rio. According to public prosecutor Alselmo Lopes, state agencies allegedly favored, in a suspicious manner, the economic group The Trump Organization, during it's development efforts in Rio's port, prior to the 2016 Olympic Games.
  • Both Donald Trump and his son Eric Trump voted on election day, next to their respective wives in New York. Two candid pictures were taken of both Donald and Eric looking directly at the podium next to them, both eyeing their wives' voting ballots.
  • A Donald Trump supporter in Minnesota was photographed at a Trump rally wearing a t-shirt which read "Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some Assembly Required."
  • 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.
  • Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway tweeted a picture of her with CNN analyst Corey Lewandowski, with the hashtag underneath reading, '#teamwork'. Lewandowski was Donald Trump's former campaign manager. This happened after months of viewership outrage circulated online over CNN's hiring of a Donald Trump 'surrogate' to be one of their election coverage's political analysts.
  • 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.
  • At a Colin County College in north Texas, a Trump supporter covered up a polling place sign with a Trump/Pence campaign sign. When a precinct officer learned of this and ordered a volunteer to go and remove the sign, the volunteer cut their hands on hidden box cutter blades attached at the bottom of the Trump/Pence sign.
  • 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.
  • After only four years since it's grand opening, the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto was placed into receivership by a Canadian bankruptcy judge, meaning the 65-story building will be auctioned off. Regardless of who ends up purchasing the tower, many Canadians want the TRUMP name to be removed from the building. In December 2015, Toronto City Councillor implored developers to remove the Trump name, writing, "To have the Trump name displayed so prominently on our skyline signals a tacit acceptance of hateful and divisive views."
  • 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.