Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign Is On The Verge Of Being Destroyed By These Scandals
Nobody thought he would get this far. Liberals and conservatives alike laughed at the very thought of Donald Trump lasting more than even a few weeks during the election season. Yet far fewer people are laughing now. Trump, the all-but-certain Republican nominee for the presidency of the United States, has exceeded everyone’s expectations on the campaign trail. And it’s almost inevitable—save some political miracle or disaster (depending which side you’re on) that it will be Trump vs. Hillary in November.
It’s true that Hillary brings to her candidacy a fair share of controversial baggage—much of which comes from her time as Secretary of State during the Obama administration. And there are legitimate questions that can be raised regarding Hillary’s past decisions and actions.
Yet it is practically undeniable, regardless of your political affiliations, that Trump brings more controversy to the table. In fact, the sheer depth and breadth of Trump’s controversial past is almost incalculable—with scandals ranging from allegations of mafia ties to multiple bankruptcies, to flagrant mistreatment of women, and beyond.
Here’s a quick peek at the tip of the iceberg that is Donald Trump’s controversial past.
1. The Beauty Pageant Scandals
Where and when: Various, 1992-present
The dirt: The year was 1992, and Trump had established himself as somewhat of an up and coming mogul in the esoteric world of American beauty pageants—specifically the American Dream pageant. Always a fan of exceptionally beautiful women (Trump tends to deal only with women he considers to be “10s” in his book), Trump met with George Houraney and Jill Harth, who co-ran the American Dream pageant, in the hopes of getting more involved. Things did not go well. Ms. Harth was shocked when Trump allegedly started making inappropriate remarks and flirting with her, in an apparent attempt to gain favor.
Throughout the course of the night, Trump apparently made passes at several of the models—even inviting himself into bed with one in her hotel room. These brash actions, along with the fact that Trump was overheard calling women “bimbos” and “gold diggers,” led not only to the death of any flourishing business relationship between Trump, Houraney, and Harth, but also a lawsuit levied against Trump by Harth, which referenced his sexual misbehavior that night.
The upshot: The dust soon settled, and the disgruntled couple settled the lawsuit with Trump for an undisclosed sum. Unsurprisingly, Trump denied all the charges.
Not one to be discouraged, however, Trump later bought the Miss Universe pageant, which embodies both Miss USA and Miss Teen USA, saying to Vanity Fair that when he bought Miss Universe, the “bathing suits got smaller and the heels got higher and the ratings went up.” The Donald’s big mouth eventually caught up with him, however, and after his incendiary remarks about Mexicans on the campaign trail, NBC (who ultimately operated Miss Universe) severed their ties to Mr. Trump.