Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2016 Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • The days following Hurricane Sandy, where dozens of people died and most of New York was shut down, Donald Trump reportedly forced his 'Apprentice' staffers to come back into work. Several staffers have spoken out about the absurdity of having to work directly after the devastating hurricane, one employee of note reported saying, "We all worked the day after. The whole city was shut down. It was really irresponsible and selfish… Like, no one was under the illusion that we were making fine art here, that it had to be pushed that hard. It was crazy. Business in the city had basically shut down.”
  • Two of Donald Trump's former aides are connected to a lobbying firm that sought to win a contract with the Russian government to place iris-scanning machines in Moscow’s subway stations. Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former aide Rick Gates had lucrative financial ties to EyeLock, the firm that lobbied the Russian government for the contract.
  • Donald Trump used a Catholic charities dinner that was supposed to be a lighthearted affair to raise money for children to attack Secretary Clinton. The crowd booed loudly as Trump attacked Clinton, but he seemed to convince himself that the crowd was booing at Secretary Clinton and not him.
  • Donald Trump said he will sue all the women that have come forward, reporting Trump sexually assaulted them, after the presidential election is over. He made these comments at a rally in Gettysburg, PA: "All of these liars will be sued after the election is over," referring to the 17 women (and counting) that have come forward. He went on to say, "Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign." He also went on to imply that Hilary Clinton paid them to make up these stories to, again, damage his campaign.
  • Adult film star Jessica Drake reported that she was invited to Donald Trump's hotel suite in 2006. She said she didn't feel comfortable going alone, so she brought two female friends with her. Once there, Trump allegedly hugged and kissed all three women without invitation. She reported that after that encounter, she went back to her room. Per Drake's report, Donald Trump then called and "asked me to return to his suite and have dinner with him, and he also invited me to a party." When she declined, Trump reportedly responded with, "What do you want? How much?". She declined again, but Trump or a male calling on his behalf called yet again, offering her $10,000 for her time. She once again declined.
  • At a Donald Trump rally in Virginia, a group of Trump supporters voiced their anger over CNN's treatment of Donald Trump. Several chanted "CNN sucks!" and "Tell the truth!". Once the crowd spotted CNN anchor Jim Acosta, they hurdled a myriad of insults his way. One supporter reportedly shouted, "You look like a woman!". Per Acosta, the crowd told him that CNN has no integrity, {CNN} is the worst, and that the crowd used 'choice language' toward him that he didn't want to repeat on air.
  • Actress Salma Hayek said Donald Trump planted a story about her in the National Enquirer, after she refused to date him, years ago. Hayek recalled on the "El Show del Mandril" radio show that, “When I met that man, I had a boyfriend, and he tried to become his friend to get my home telephone number. He got my number and he would call me to invite me out." She went on to say that after she told Trump she wouldn't date him even if she didn't have a boyfriend, that Trump planted a story in the National Enquirer that in fact it was Trump that refused to date Hayek, because Hayek was 'too short'.
  • Roger Stone, a top adviser to Donald Trump, said that he is planning on sending thousands of supporters to multiple inner cities on election day to conduct exit polls. None of these supporters are qualified to actually conduct exit polls and are more likely being sent to intimidate minority populations or to lay the groundwork to contest the election if Secretary Clinton wins.
  • Billionaire Virgin founder Richard Branson blogged about an encounter he had with Donald Trump. Per Branson's entry: "Some years ago, Mr Trump invited me to lunch for a one-to-one meeting at his apartment in Manhattan. We had not met before and I accepted. Even before the starters arrived he began telling me about how he had asked a number of people for help after his latest bankruptcy and how five of them were unwilling to help. He told me he was going to spend the rest of his life destroying these five people.” Branson said he found this 'very bizarre', and felt like Trump invited him to ask for money, which he said he would become the sixth person on Trump's revenge list, if so.
  • Former RNC Chair Michael Steele said he was "damn near puking during the debates," in an interview at the 40th anniversary of Mother Jones event. Steele said, "I will not be voting for Clinton. I will not be voting for Trump either." He went on to say he thinks Trump only represents 30% of the Republican Party, and that Trump has, "captured that racist underbelly, that frustration, that angry underbelly of American life and gave voice to that.”
  • A 45-year-old woman came forward to report that Donald Trump groped her inappropriately at the 1998 U.S. Open. She alleged that Donald first glared at her and commented about her appearance to his male friends. Then she said that he came up to her, grabbed her right arm and made contact with her right breast. When she flinched, he allegedly said, "Don't you know who I am?". She said she felt embarrassed and blamed herself for years.
  • The morning following the final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, Donald tweeted: “Why didn't Hillary Clinton announce that she was inappropriately given the debate questions — she secretly used them! Crooked Hillary." Before the debate, moderator Chris Wallace made it very clear that neither candidate had any prior knowledge of the exact questions he was going to ask.
  • Donald Trump said he would get rid of "bad hombres" living in the United States during the third and final Presidential debate between himself and Secretary Clinton. Trump made the statement during a discussion about immigration reform. When asked how he would handle the millions of undocumented immigrants in America he responded that "[w]e'll get them out, secure the border and once the border is secured at a later date we'll make a determination as to the rest. But we have some bad hombres here and we're going to get them out."
  • Donald Trump was directly asked if he would accept defeat if he lost the election during the third and final Presidential debate and he refused to say he would. Trump responded “I will look at it at the time," and then added “I’ll keep you in suspense” after moderator Chris Wallace pressed him further.
  • Donald Trump interrupted Hilary Clinton during the 3rd presidential debate, calling her 'such a nasty woman'. Clinton was asked a question from the moderator about entitlement reform. And in the middle of her answer, Trump raised his finger, leaned into the mic and made his remark. Clinton didn't stop speaking, nor did she react to the comment. The next day, the twitter hashtag #nastywoman and #Iamanastywoman trended by feminists users, mocking Donald Trump.
  • Speaking at a Learning Annex convention in 2006, Donald Trump reportedly had this to say about Condoleezza Rice: "I wish she was a bitch. I don't care if she's a lovely woman. I want somebody that can go and make deals. She goes to countries, nothing ever happens. Except sound bytes." A New York Daily News article also reported on the story in 2006, reporting a slightly different quote, "Condoleezza Rice, she's a lovely woman, but I think she's a bitch. She goes around to other countries and other nations, negotiates with their leaders, comes back and nothing ever happens."
  • A woman only known as Jane Doe has filed a civil lawsuit against Donald Trump and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein claiming that Trump raped her when she was only thirteen years old. The rape reportedly took place in 1994 at Mr. Epstein’s Manhattan residence. Update: A federal judge has ordered the lawyers for Trump, Epstein, and "Jane Doe" to appear in court on December 16, 2016.
  • In December 1992, The Chicago Tribune reported on an encounter Donald Trump had in a hotel, with two 14-year-old girls.The exert from the article reads: Donald Trump turned up Monday for a carol sing by a youth choir outside Manhattan's Plaza Hotel. He asked two of the girls how old they were. After they replied they were 14, Trump said, "Wow! Just think -- in a couple of years I'll be dating you."
  • Cathy Heller, 63, came forward about an incident she had with Trump. She alleges that decades ago, likely in 1997, at a Mother's Day brunch at Donald Trump's estate, Trump tried to kiss her on the lips without her consent, while she was simply holding her hand out for greeting. "He took my hand, and grabbed me, and went for my lips." she claimed. Alarmed, she leaned back and avoid him, she said. And then Trump said to her, "Oh, come on." She said he was strong, planted a kiss on the side of her mouth, and then just walked away. She added that he seemed to feel "entitled" to kiss her. Two others verified the story, though Trump denies it ever happened.
  • Donald Trump used twitter to create a series of comments which questioned the fairness of the presidential election. He was quoted to have tweeted “The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary - but also at many polling places - SAD.” Trump did not provide any evidence to back his allegations, although, he urged his supports to observe voting locations in order to prevent a "stolen" election.