Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2016 Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • Multiple companies owned by Donald Trump have destroyed thousands of e-mails, digital records, and paper documents they were ordered to turn over to the courts for more than three decades. Trump and his companies have improperly destroyed or deleted documents they were ordered to turn over and then dragged out litigation as long as possible. Trump and his companies have also simply ignored multiple court orders and have even gone as far as refusing to allow government officials with a subpoena to inspect his offices.
  • Donald Trump's campaign has been accused of refusing to pay over three quarters of a million dollars to company they hired to conduct polling for them. The campaign is refusing to say why they are refusing to pay the firm and simply said that it was "an administrative issue."
  • Donald Trump expressed frustration that the military can't waterboard detainees anymore and claimed that sometimes the United States needs to be "pretty vicious" in order to get what they need.
  • At a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas, former Libertarian vice-presidential candidate and author of "Angry White Male" speaker Wayne Allyn Root envisioned a fake scenario for Hillary Clinton and her top aide. Root attempted to fire up the crowd before Trump spoke by saying, "I heard a rumor, I don’t know if you’ve heard this rumor, but while we’re all gathered here, all the networks have wall-to-wall coverage of a live police chase. And it's Hillary in a white Ford Bronco. She's got Huma driving and they're headed for the Mexican border. I have a name. I have a name. I have a name for the future TV movie, it’s called ‘Driving Miss Hilary,’ and the ending, if we all get our wish, the ending is like the end of ‘Thelma and Louise.’”
  • Donald Trump told supporters at a Colorado rally that they should vote by mail and then go to the polls on election day and vote in person. He didn't inform those in attendance that it is illegal under Colorado law to void a ballot under any circumstances.
  • A female voter in Des Moines, Iowa was arrested for casting two ballots for Donald Trump, because she believed 'the polls are rigged'. She claimed she felt like her first vote would be changed to a vote for Clinton. She told the Iowa Public Radio station that, "I wasn't planning on doing it twice, it was spur of the moment. The polls are rigged." The voter was arrested after the Elections Office staff reported the duplication, charged with first-degree election misconduct. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison.
  • As Donald Trump was pumping up the crowd at a rally, a supporter close to a group of reporters in the back of the crowd began screaming that the media was 'the enemy'. The supporter pointed his finger at the media members and said, "You're going down. You're the enemy. You're the ones working for the devil". The supporter then began to chant multiple times 'Jew-S-A' after the crowd starting a 'U-S-A' chant, in an effort to further his point of outrage.
  • Donald Trump claimed in a 1990 interview that adultery was not a sin.
  • Donald Trump showed up and sat center stage to the grand opening ceremony of a nursery school for children with AIDS back in 1996 event though he had never contributed a dime to the charity. The Association to Benefit Children built the school and many major donors were seated front and center at the ceremony when Donald Trump showed up and took a seat along with them. He then got up and immediately left after the end of the ceremony without telling anyone why he showed up and without offering any monetary contribution to the charity. However, those in attendance most likely believed that Trump was a major contributor considering he was sitting on the stage.
  • At a rally in Kinston, North Carolina, Donald Trump pointed out a black supporter in the crowd, thinking he was a protester, prompting staff to remove him from the rally. Trump was quoted to have said “We have a protester! By the way, were you paid $1,500 to be a thug?”
  • During a speech in Sydney Australia in 2011, Donald Trump talked about revenge, telling the audience, "Get even with people. If they screw you, screw them back 10 times as hard. I really believe that.” He then called Jennifer Hawkins to the stage. Trump explained that the former Miss Universe failed to introduce him the day prior. When Hawkins tried to explain it was a miscommunication, Trump interrupted with, "I was actually going to get up and tell you that Jennifer is a beautiful girl on the outside, but she's not very bright." He later said, "And I heard that she wouldn't introduce me." Hawkins then said, "But I did!" Trump replied, "No, but you didn't. So what happens is -- and you know what? She came tonight, she came -- came, she came, she came.
  • Donald Trump ran a campaign ad in India, saying, "The Indian and Hindu community will have a true friend in the White House. We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism." He then spoke in Hindi with the message that translates to, "This time a Trump government", appropriating the Indian Prime Minister's slogan of "this time Modi government". The ad ends with Trump saying, "We love the Hindus, we love India." BBC reporter Vikas Pandey questioned people in the streets of Indian capital, Delhi, to gauge their reactions. Most feedback was very negative, one person of note saying, "Mr. Trump seemed to be addressing only Hindus through the video. How could he just assume that Hindus means India? We are a plural country, Mr. Trump. Muslims, Sikhs and Christians also live in this country."
  • Donald Trump has been accused of sexually assaulting a former beauty queen back in 2006 shortly before she was set to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman. Ninni Laaksonen, the former Miss Finland for 2006, accused Trump of groping her and grabbing her buttocks as she was posing for a picture with him.
  • 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, "..
  • Conservative radio host Matt Forney tweeted: "in my experience though, the majority of white women are having sex dreams about Trump, expect a white baby boom after he takes office." This came in response to Cosmopolitan writer Laura Beck writing in jest about how Trump's groping scandals are negatively effecting her sex life. He first responded with this tweet: "I fully endorse shitlibs not having sex due to Trump, it makes them less likely to breed."
  • 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.
  • Donald Trump claimed and was granted $17 million for his Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago property for supposed damages sustained from a 2005 hurricane, despite multiple claims and speculation that the estate hardly suffered any damage at all. Trump's longtime butler told the AP, "That house has never been seriously damaged." And Tim Frank, Palm Beach's planning administrator also told AP in 2005 that, "If there were $17 million dollars of damage, we sure as hell would have known about that. I would have known if there was anything in the magnitude of $100,000." Trump also never took out a large-scale construction permit for repairs.
  • 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?".