Republican Donald Trump defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to be elected the new president of the United States on Tuesday. Trump, who will call the White House his new home starting January, is the subject of numerous controversies and allegations.
Here are some of his scandulous statements and actions.
- In a 2005 "Access Hollywood" video obtained and released by the Washington Post, Trump was captured on a hot mic using expletives and vulgar language to talk about kissing and groping women and trying to have sex with a married woman. "When you're a star, they let you do it," the celebrity businessman said in the clip to host Billy Bush before recording a segment for the entertainment tabloid television show on the set of "Days of Our Lives."
- During a campaign rally, Trump said the "Second Amendment people" could do something about Hillary Clinton, a comment some speculated meant to imply violence against the Democratic nominee.
- Trump said in July that Sen. John McCain wasn't a war hero because he was taken prisoner of war in Vietnam.
- As a part of his campaign in June, he proposed a ban on Muslims from entering the United States.
- He repeatedly rejected requests to disclose his income tax returns and said not paying federal income tax "makes me smart."
- He was seen as encouraging Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails and publish them.
- Trump linked Sen. Ted Cruz's father to Lee Harvey Oswald and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
- He claimed a Supreme Court judge’s Mexican heritage made him unable to be partial in a case.
- He used money from the Trump Foundation funds to pay his private legal fees that added up to $258,000. The expenses from Trump’s charity were among four newly documented expenditures in which Trump may have violated laws against “self-dealing,” under which those running a nonprofit are prohibited from using charity money to benefit themselves or their businesses.
- He refused to reject political support from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
- Last year, Trump came under fire for mimicking a disabled reporter at a campaign rally. Trump performed an impression of Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition.
- Trump used Twitter as a weapon, firing off insults and mockery towards "Crooked Hillary" and Republican rivals "Little Marco" Rubio, Jeb "Low Energy" Bush and "Lyin' Ted" Cruz.