Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2017 Major Republican Controversies

  • The Trump Administration waited too long to book a hotel for the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany and had to find alternate accommodations because all the hotels in the town were booked by other dignitaries.
  • Donald Trump gave a speech to a very friendly crowd in Warsaw Poland and that is very likely because the Polish government promised Trump cheering crowds and bused in thousands of people sympathetic to Mr. Trump.
  • United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley complained that North Korea's missile test of a weapon that could reach the United States ruined her July 4th holiday plans because she was "spending [her] 4th in meetings all day. #ThanksNorthKorea."
  • Donald Trump seemed to not know what Presidential limo to enter after deplaning Air Force One when he arrived to D.C. after another weekend at one of his golf properties. Trump walked off his air plane and wandered around the tarmac before being redirected by a military aide who walked him to his limousine.
  • Donald Trump shared an edited video of himself body slamming a wrestler with a CNN logo blocking out his face in an apparent attempt to incite violence against the network and its reporters.
  • Donald Trump bragged about the Panama Canal "doing quite well" during a meeting with the country's President. Trump talked about how well the Panama Canal was built, but left out the fact that it was built over 100 years ago and that the country of Panama has fully controlled the canal since December 31, 1999.
  • Donald Trump blocked VoteVets.org, a major national veterans group that has roughly 500,000 members, from his Twitter page after they questioned one of his tweets attacking the media. The group was responding to a tweet from Trump where he said "Fake News Media has never been so wrong or so dirty" and accused journalists of using "phony sources to meet their agenda of hate" and retorted with "You're describing your road to the White House to a T" and accusing the president of "colluding with an adversary of the United States." Trump blocked the group mere minutes later.
  • Donald Trump blocked the veterans group VoteVets.org from his Twitter account after they wrote a tweet Trump didn't like. VoteVets has roughly 500,000 followers and the group accused Trump of having "no interest in hearing any type of dissent."
  • Donald Trump held his first ever cabinet meeting and made every cabinet member laud him for all the great work he is doing. This was Trump's first ever cabinet meeting.
  • Donald Trump accused former FBI Director James Comey of lying under oath, which is a felony. Trump tweeted ""Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!" However, Trump did not say what, exactly, Comey supposedly lied about.
  • Donald Trump took money meant for St. Jude's Children's Hospital and transferred it to the Trump Organization, a "charity" that has come under major scrutiny by state and federal regulators. Trump's son Eric hosts an annual charity golf event for St. Jude at his fathers golf course in Westchester County, New York and boasts that all the money goes to help children suffering from cancer, but financial documents show that over a million dollars were actually sent to his fathers "charity."
  • Donald Trump's son, Eric, claimed that Donald Trump's critics are "not even people" during an interview with conservative Fox News host Sean Hannity. He went on to blame the Democratic Party (which is in the minority in both the House and Senate) for sabotaging his dad's agenda.
  • At least four major law firms have turned down a request to represent Donald Trump in the Russian investigation because they believed that Trump would be unwilling to listen to their advice. Brendan Sullivan of Williams & Connolly; Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Paul Clement and Mark Filip of Kirkland & Ellis; and Robert Giuffra of Sullivan & Cromwell all turned down White House requests to represent Donald Trump.
  • Donald Trump lashed out at Democrats and blamed them for blocking his nominations to various posts in the Federal government, but many of those posts remain unfilled because Trump hasn't nominated anyone to fill them. Trump also left out the fact that Republicans hold the majority in the Senate and they have the ability to push through any nominee with a simple majority vote.
  • Donald Trump unleashed multiple tweets in a matter of minutes that strongly criticized the Department of Justice for "watering down" his travel ban on six majority Muslim countries. The White House has constantly claimed that Trump's order wasn't a travel ban, but Donald Trump directly contradicted official White House statements and the position of the Department of Justice by tweeting: "People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!”
  • Donald Trump made up the word "covfefe" on a tweet that he sent out at 12:06am while complaining about the negative press he receives. Trump tweeted again six hours later and asked his followers to figure out the definition of "covfefe," which isn't an actual word.
  • Donald Trump lashed out at Germany, one of Americas most powerful allies, via Twitter and said that the relationship between the two countries was "very bad" for the United States before threatening that the relationship "will change" without elaborating further.
  • An unidentified person from the Trump Administration leaked highly classified information about the terrorist attack in Manchester, England without receiving approval from the British government and while the British government was still tracking down all possible leads into the bombing.
  • First Lady Melania Trump swatted away Donald Trump's hand as he reached for it on the tarmac at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport. The First Couple were walking with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife on a red carpet when a camera caught Trump reaching for her hand only to have the First Lady swat it away.
  • Donald Trump bragged about firing former FBI Director James Comey to the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador during a private meeting in the Oval Office. Trump's meeting with the FM and Ambassador were held the same day he fired Mr. Comey. An intelligence source reported that Trump told that two that he just "fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job."