Conservative Controversies & Scandals

2017 Major Republican Controversies

  • Donald Trump denigrated civil rights icon John Lewis and the district he represents after the congressman suggested Trump's victory wasn't legitimate due to Russian interference. Trump tweeted that "Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!"
  • Donald Trump accused the intelligence community of being like Nazi Germany and suggested they were using "fake news" to discredit him. Trump was upset that allegations concerning his ties to Russia were leaked and tweeted "Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?"
  • Donald Trump mixed in paid staffers among journalists at his press conference, which led the viewing audience to believe that journalists were cheering and jeering along with Trump. Journalists do not show emotion during press conferences or in any other setting with a politician, but the mixing of paid staffers among them may have had the public think otherwise.
  • Morgan Lewis & Bokius, the law firm representing Donald Trump's business interests, was rated as Russia's "Firm of the Year" award in 2016. The award was given to the firm for their “client service, preeminence in the relevant market, notable achievements over the past 12 months, outstanding work, and impressive strategic growth.”
  • Donald Trump's inaugural committee has broken with decades of precedent and has replaced Charles Brotman as the inauguration parade announcer. Brotman has announced every parade since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957 and told a local radio station that he was "heartbroken" that Trump decided to dump him for someone else.
  • Donald Trump reported $315 million in debt obligations to foreign entities during the Presidential campaign, but that number is far higher if you take into account the debts "lent to partnerships that are 30%-owned by him." The total of those debts is $1.5 billion spread throughout dozens of countries. As President, Trump will have the ability to appoint regulators who will be responsible for investigating and regulating the financial institutions that have lent him money which is something that can create a clear conflict of interest.
  • Donald Trump tweeted his disapproval with GM for making the Chevy Cruz in Mexico and threatened to make them pay "a big border tax" if they didn't begin building them in the United States. The problem with Trump's tweet is that GM already makes the automobile at a plant in Ohio. GM does have a plant in Mexico, but that plant exports the vast majority of its vehicles to other international markets outside of the United States.