Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2016 Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • In a newly re-surfaced 1992 'Entertainment Tonight' Christmas feature special, Donald Trump was seen on camera interacting with a group of young girls at the Trump Tower. In the video, Trump asks one of the young girls if she's "going up the escalator?". The girl replies, "yeah," and then Trump turns to the camera and says: "I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?". At the time, Trump was 46 years old.
  • The Evangelical college of Liberty University started a protest group against Donald Trump, calling themselves 'Liberty United Against Trump', in opposition to the school president Jerry Falwell Jr. publicly endorsing Trump. The protest group released a statement, signed by 250 Liberty students, faculty, and alumni, that, in part, said: In the months since Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed him, Donald Trump has been inexorably associated with Liberty University. We are Liberty students who are disappointed with President Falwell’s endorsement and are tired of being associated with one of the worst presidential candidates in American history. Donald Trump does not represent our values and we want nothing to do with him.
  • Donald Trump cited a story from Sputnik, a Russian propaganda newspaper, in an attempt to prove that Hillary Clinton was responsible for the 2012 Benghazi attacks. Trump told held up a piece of paper before his audience and read quotes from the propaganda piece that claimed Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal wrote that the attack was preventable and laid blame on Secretary Clinton. Trump then let the paper fall to the ground. Blumenthal didn't actually write that email Trump quoted because it was written by Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald. It was Sputnik that either intentionally or unintentionally mis-attributed the quote to Bluemthal, but Trump didn't seem to be aware of that.
  • Donald Trump told a largely white audience in Pennsylvania that "other communities" have the potential to steal the election from him and encouraged them to go and "watch other communities, because we don't want this election stolen from us."
  • Trump supporters have been using the twitter hashtag #Repealthe19th, as in support of the idea of repealing the 19th amendment that gives women the right to vote. This started after statistician Nate Silver posted a map predicting how the 2016 election would turn out if only men voted; he predicted the electoral college vote would be 350 for Trump, 188 for Clinton. The hashtag is not new, but Trump supporters have made it trend.
  • More than a year before officially becoming Donald Trump's campaign manager, Breitbart CEO Stephen Bannon bragged to writer Julia Jones that he was unofficially running Trump's campaign. Jones asked if she could report it, but Bannon said that it was confidential. Bannon went on to say that he liked "Trump [because he] is a nationalist who embraces [Sen. Jeff Sessions’s] immigration plan.”
  • During a 2010 episode of 'The Apprentice' entitled "Beauty and Brains", Donald Trump criticized the complexion of one of the contestants, country musician Emily West, who was receiving a makeover for a segment on the show -- “I assume you’re gonna leave this off, don’t put this shit on the show, you know. But her skin, her skin sucks, okay?” he says, according to the show's transcript. “I mean her skin, she needs some serious fuckin’ dermatology.”. The criticism never made it to the air, but the transcript was recovered by Huffingtonpost. After others on the show tried to stand up for West's skin, Trump went on to say, "You’re obviously not a skin man,” Trump said. He later reiterated the point, pounded the table and said, “which is okay.” He added, “I wish I wasn’t.”
  • Donald Trump told Howard Stern in a 2005 interview that he enjoyed walking in on Miss USA pageant contestants while they were getting dressed because he "sort of got away with things like that.” He full statement reads: “I’ll tell you the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed. No men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in, because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it…. ‘Is everyone OK’? You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody OK?’ And you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that.”
  • In a September 2004 interview, Donald Trump agreed with and allowed Howard Stern to call his daughter Ivanka "a piece of ass" on 'The Howard Stern' radio program. Transcript: "My daughter is beautiful, Ivanka." says Trump. "By the way, your daughter.." says Stern. "She's beautiful." responds Trump. "Can I say this? A piece of ass." Stern responds. "Yeah." says Trump.
  • At a Republican rally in Wisconsin, House Speaker Paul Ryan was heckled by Donald Trump supporters. Ryan responded by saying, "there is a bit of an elephant in the room, and it is a bit of a troubling situation." Ryan was referencing to his comments about Donald Trump's leaked video tape, when Ryan said he was 'sickened' by Donald Trump's remarks about women.
  • In a 1992 editorial, New York Magazine did a piece on Donald Trump. In it, Trump “boasts about having poured a whole bottle of wine down Marie Brenner’s back after she wrote a story on him that he hated." On 10/8/16, Marie was asked about the story. She said, "Well, it wasn’t a bottle, actually—it was a glass,” Brenner told The Daily Beast on Saturday. “I didn’t even notice it was happening, because like everything with Donald, it was a stealth maneuver. It came from behind." She added, "It was a black jacket, so I’m still waiting for him to replace it,” she chuckled.
  • In a 1999 CNBC Hardball interview with Chris Matthews, Donald Trump had this to say when asked about running for president at the time: “People want me to [run for president] all the time … I don’t like it." Trump went on to say, “Can you imagine how controversial I’d be? You think about him [Clinton] and the women. How about me with the women? Can you imagine?” Chris Matthews then quipped, with a nod at Clinton’s games with Monica Lewinsky: “You might be close, but there’s no cigar.” That prompted Trump to shoot back: “Yeah. They might like my women better, too.”
  • In a 2012 phone call to TMZ, Donald Trump offered to show attorney Gloria Allred his penis, saying "I think Gloria would be very, very impressed with me, I really do. I think she'd have a whole new image of Donald Trump." Trump was responding to Gloria's comments in defense of her client Jenna Talackova, who was in question to compete in Miss Universe Canada for being a trans woman. "She did not ask Mr. Trump to prove that he is a naturally born man. Or to see the photos of his birth, to view his anatomy to prove that he was male."
  • Donald Trump called into question the gender identity of attorney Gloria Allred in a April 9th, 2012 tweet: “I hope Jenna is not paying Gloria a fee other than all the free publicity that Gloria is getting for no reason. Gloria actually hurts Jenna—— I do nothing for Gloria, who in my opinion is a third rate lawyer. Is Gloria a man or a woman????—— few men would know the answer to that one.” Jenna Talackova enlisted Gloria's console when Trump initially wouldn't allow her to compete in Miss Universe Canada, for being a trans woman.
  • A source told TMZ that Donald Trump did not want Nancy O'Dell to host the 2007 Miss USA Pageant because she was pregnant at the time, and that Trump 'doesn't like the way pregnant women look'. NBC was under contract with O'Dell however, and Trump was not allowed to overridel the choice. Nancy O'Dell was also the women Trump was caught on audio tape in 2005 talking about, saying: “You know I moved on her actually,” Trump recounted to a ET host Billy Bush. “You know she was down on Palm Beach. I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and f..k her. She was married … I took her out [for] furniture [shopping]. I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there, and she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything.
  • Dozens of high ranking Republican Senators, House Members, and Governors have called for Donald Trump's resignation after it was reported that Trump was recorded on audio tape bragging about being able to kiss and grope women against their will because he said that "when you’re a star, they let you do it.” In the tape he also discussed a failed attempt to have sex with a married women and expressed exasperation for being turned down even after he "moved on her very heavily."
  • CNN Reporter Erin Burnett reports that in March 2010 Donald Trump kissed a friend of hers, without consent. The undisclosed friend said per Burnett: "Trump took Tic Tacs, suggested that I take them also. He then leaned in ... catching me off guard and kissed me almost on the lips. I was really freaked out.” After Trump made his move, she went on to comment on the interaction: “Trump asked me to come into his office alone. I figured I could handle myself. Anyway, once in his office he kept telling me how special I am and gave me his cell phone and asked me to call him. I ran the hell out of there.” This happened in a board room, with another man present, that has confirmed the story.
  • In a 1993 lawsuit filing, Donald Trump's bankruptcy lawyer Patrick T. McGhan admitted in a testimony that Trump's lawyers made it a point to met with Trump in pairs, to avoid Donald Trump being able to lie about what was said or what happened in the meeting, after the fact. Here is just part of the '93 transcript: McGhan - "It’s always been our practice to make sure two people are present, and we don’t have a problem of people lying." Question: "You are meeting with your client?" McGhan: "That’s right. Our client. Hey, Trump is a leader in the field of expert—he’s an expert at interpreting things. Let’s put it that way."
  • 30 former Republican lawmakers signed an anti-Trump for President letter, circulated by former Oklahoma Rep. Mickey Edwards and former Missouri Rep. Tom Coleman, part of which reads -- "In nominating Donald Trump, the Republican Party has asked the people of the United States to entrust their future to a man who insults women, mocks the handicapped, urges that dissent be met with violence, seeks to impose religious tests for entry into the United States, and applies a de facto ethnicity test to judges," they wrote. "He offends our allies and praises dictators. His public statements are peppered with lies. He belittles our heroes and insults the parents of men who have died serving our country.
  • At a Donald Trump rally in Nevada, Donald Trump told the crowd Nevada is pronounced 'Ne-VAAAH-dah'. Then the crowd fired back 'No!'. Trump continued, "And you know what? I said when I came out here, I said: Nobody says it the other way, it has to be Ne-VAH-da. And if you don't say it correctly ---". He then paused, taking in the crowd's reaction, and backtracked saying, "And it didn't happen to me! It happened to a friend of mine. And he was killed."