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  • 2012 Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin's campaign was single-handedly destroyed by his "legitimate rape" comments during an interview on St. Louis's Fox affiliate. Akin was almost certain to have won had he never made the comments, and the seat ultimately fell into GOP hands the next time it was up.
    • Richard Mourdock wrecked his own 2012 bid for Senator of Indiana when he said during a debate that a pregnancy from rape was "something that God intended to happen". Following Akin's gaffe that summer, which effectively cost the Republicans the Senate that year, it resulted in another Senate seat being handed to the Democrats for a whole six years. Like in Missouri, the Indiana seat ultimately flipped red in 2018.
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    • Before that, Clayton Williams had compared a cold night in 1990, where he'd been entertaining reporters at his Texas ranch, to a rape, saying, "If it's inevitable, just relax and enjoy it." This was one in a series of gaffes that, eight months later, led to his narrow loss in the state governor's race.
  • 2018 looked to be a good year for Democratic Senate Candidates in several red states that, while mostly rural, had large metropolitan areas that could benefit liberal candidates. These included incumbent Senators Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, but also of note was former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, who was hoping to ride a blue wave in his state’s largest cities and hold down margins in rural areasnote . At first, this was looking like it could actually happen, as Democrats unhappy with Trump were planning on turning out in massive numbers, while Republicans were mostly apathetic due to widely unpopular healthcare policy. The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court fight changed the dynamics drastically. When Kavanaugh was first nominated, Republican enthusiasm surged and the races narrowed quickly. Still, the Democrats remained favored to win in most polls. The true turning point, however, was the battle regarding Kavanaugh’s sexual assault allegations. This infuriated many Republican voters, even those who were not unified behind Trump, with polls showing that while more people believed his accusers than him, Republicans were almost unanimously on his side. Afterwards, the Democratic candidates quickly plummeted and the Republicans easily won all three seats.
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  • Roy Moore has had to deal with no less than three of these in the course of his career. The first happened in 2003, when he'd flouted a court order to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama state courthouse. That resulted in his being ousted as the state's Chief Justice—although he was elected back to the position in 2013. The second occurred in 2016, for encouraging violation of the Supreme Court's 2015 decision on gay marriage, for which he was permanently removed from the post. Then, in 2017, when Jeff Sessions vacated his senatorial post to become President Trump’s Attorney General and triggered a special election, Moore saw a chance for a political comeback, and ran to take his place. When he later won the Republican nomination, the stars appeared in his favor—until allegations surfaced that Moore, in his thirties, had sexually assaulted three girls in the past, and independent witnesses further confirmed he'd also been banned from a mall after being suspected of asking out teenage girls; this setback was compounded even more in early December when he made comments that all but portrayed him as glorifying slavery. Moore ultimately lost by a hair to Doug Jones, who became the state's first Democratic senator since 1994, but he refused to concede the election to the bitter endnote . Since then, Moore has become more famous for this and his propensity for suing (or being sued) than for the fact that he was ever a Chief Justice at all; indeed, the fallout from his scandals has also affected his family's political prospects, with his wife Kayla being shut out of the Alabama GOP committee. None of this has stopped Moore from wanting a second shot in 2020, but his baggage has become an even greater threat to the GOP, as it had already rendered him unable to win in a fair fight even in solidly Republican territory in 2017; even Mitch McConnell, an ardent Trump supporter, warned that if Moore were to run against Jones again in 2020 it would cost the GOP dearly.
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  • John Boehner saw his position as Republican House Speaker crumble in early 2013 when he caved to pressures from a Tea Party coalition led by Ted Cruz and allowed for a government shutdown to prevent Obamacare from passing.note  Boehner never liked Cruz, and the motive for the former was that allowing the government shutdown would embarrass the Tea Party. But the plan worked too well—not only did it make the Tea Party look bad, it made the entire Republican Party, Boehner included, look bad. Things got worse in March 2015, when he invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without informing President Obama in advance, which was seen as an attempt at undermining Obama's authority, as well as an attempt to sabotage peace talks between America and Iran. Bad blood within the GOP continued into the summer of 2015, when Boehner resigned, apparently motivated by Pope Francis' visit to the White House.
  • North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory was voted out of office in 2016 over the controversial Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, also known as the "Bathroom Bill", which he had signed earlier in the year, and which was criticized because it prevents transgender people who do not or cannot alter their birth certificates from using the restroom consistent with their gender identity.note  Even those who did agree with the law, which struck down a Charlotte law seen as having a loophole that could be exploited by sexual predators, voted against McCrory to lift the economic boycott that was launched against the state in reaction to the law. It has also adversely affected his employment prospects afterwards. Though as of early 2019, he's mulling whether or not he wants to run for governor again or wait until 2022 to run for an open senate seat (incumbent Richard Burr said as early as his re-election in 2016 that he's going to retire when his term ends).
  • Alabama Governor Robert J. Bentley was forced to step down on April 10, 2017 over allegations that he misused government finances to cover up an extramarital affair he had with a female political adviser.
  • Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was impeached, removed from office, and disqualified in January 2009 for corruption and misconduct in office that stretched back for years—the most notable incident involved procuring favors in exchange for appointing a replacement to outgoing senator and then-president-elect Barack Obama—and then received a 14-year prison sentence.
  • Donald Trump's tenure as United States president has been marked by an unprecedented rate of turnover from almost the beginning, to the point that The Late Show with Stephen Colbert nicknamed his administration the "Hungry to Leave Power Games". From a guy who ran a reality show where his Catchphrase was "You're fired!", this was probably to be expected. Some of the more dubious examples are listed below:
    • When it was revealed that portions of Melania Trump's speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention were plagiarized from Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic convention speech, Melania virtually disappeared from the campaign trail for her husband's presidency.
    • After two aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were convicted for participating in the Bridgegate scandalnote , Christie's political career was essentially doomed, to the point where Trump, himself not known for being a saint, demoted him from his position on his transition team.
    • Michael Flynn had scarcely settled into his job as Trump's national security adviser when the news broke that he'd misled vice president Mike Pence on communications between him and Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. The fallout prompted Flynn to resign in February 2017, after less than a month of holding the post; he later pleaded guilty to a felony charge of lying to the FBI.
    • In July 2017, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was reported to have called Trump a "fucking moron" during a meeting. This didn't end Tillerson's role in the president's cabinet on its own, but it did not endear himself to Trump's notorious standards of loyalty, either. Trump would later fire him in March 2018 over what was described as differences in chemistry, and Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein was canned shortly after for contradicting the White House's account of the matter. Tillerson confirmed in an interview several months later that differences in chemistry, including accusations that the President Can't Take Criticism (a grave accusation too explosive for us to debate), did indeed play at least part of a role in his termination.
      Rex Tillerson: Part of it was obviously we are starkly different in our styles. We did not have a common value system. When the president would say, "Here's what I want to do, and here's how I want to do it." And I'd have to say to him "Mr. President, I understand what you want to do, but you can't do it that way, it violates the law. It violates treaty." He got really frustrated. I didn't know how to conduct my affairs with him any other way than in a straightforward fashion, and I think he grew tired of me being the guy every day that told him, "You can't do that, and let's talk about what we can do."
    • Anthony Scaramucci's tenure as White House communications director lasted all of ten days, owing mostly — if not directly — to an on-the-record, profanity-laced slew of grievances that he aired to a reporter in late July 2017 regarding his colleagues in Washington, D.C. His wife also filed for divorce and he missed the birth of his child. Somewhat ironically, Trump, a man not known for his verbal restraint, reportedly deemed Scaramucci's comments "inappropriate for a person in that position".
    • A similar interview may have contributed to Steve Bannon's own exit from the White House chief strategist's post in mid-August (less than a month after Scaramucci had left the building). Bannon had — on the record — contradicted his superior's stance on North Korea, which reportedly infuriated Trump despite the large role Bannon had played in shaping his campaign. Bannon would soon try to get back into Trump's good graces by supporting candidates loyal to Trump's agenda, including Roy Moore, in Senate races in an effort to unseat GOP incumbents he felt were too soft. The results were disastrous, the political blowback was swift, and the GOP found its Senate majority dangerously slimmer thanks to having lost a critical Senate seat in a deep-red state, with even fellow Republicans, and Trump himself, agreeing that Bannon was to blame for the whole farce. The final straw was his participation in a tell-all book by Michael Wolff, after which Trump cut ties with Bannon for good and went so far as to say he had "lost his mind", and arguably also led to Bannon's ousting from Breitbart, the far-right website that influenced the rise of Trump, in January 2018, as well as losing the support of like-minded financial backers. Bannon appears to have learned from the Moore fiasco, as in the months leading up to the midterms he called on Republican voters to support RINOs in an effort to save Trump, who had suffered a full week of political bad news the following August with Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen becoming notches on Robert Mueller's belt and the Russia investigation showing no signs of stopping any time soon, let alone clearing Trump of any wrongdoing.
    • Rob Porter stepped down as White House staff secretary in February 2018 after the Daily Mail ran accusations of physical and emotional abuse from two of his ex-wives. Things didn't get much easier after it turned out Porter possessed interim security clearance despite the accusations, and towards the end of the month, a number of aides had their own clearance reduced as well, including that of senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner.
    • Contrary to appearances, Hope Hicks, who took over Scaramucci's former position, had already been planning to resign some months before admitting in a February 2018 testimony to telling the odd "white lie", in her words, to President Trump during her time as one of his aides. That the hearing and her resignation occurred scarcely a day between each other was mere bad timing. She now works for what's left of Fox's (post-Disney acquisition) television group.
    • Ronny Jackson, the appointed physician to the president since 2013, was forced to withdraw himself from consideration as Trump's possible head of Veterans Affairs in April 2018 after numerous reports of erratic and unprofessional behavior on his part came to light.
    • The White House has said little on the matter, but it's widely believed that aide Kelly Sadler's departure early in June 2018 had to do with an insensitive remark regarding Senator John McCain's ill health in a meeting the previous month.note  The relative silence from the White House led several press outlets to suggest that they were more upset by the fact that Sadler's remarks had been leaked in the first place.
    • Paul Manafort, who managed Trump's campaign until August 2016 and has a political portfolio going all the way back to Ronald Reagan, was ensnared by Special Counsel Robert Muellernote  and indicted in October 2017 on charges of tax fraud, illegal lobbying, and laundering some $30 million. Though the charges themselves were not relevant to Mueller's ongoing investigation, Manafort and his aide, Konstantin Kilimnik—who has been said to have ties to Russian intelligence, though has denied them—were later charged of tampering with potential witnesses to Manafort's forthcoming trial in June 2018; Manafort, already under house arrest since his initial indictment, had his bail subsequently revoked, and he was sent to jail until his court date. After a high-profile trial that saw his life of luxury laid bare (including an infamously memetic ostrich coat worth some $15,000), Manafort was found guilty that August of eight counts out of eighteen, with a single juror who harbored reasonable doubt preventing a conviction on the remaining ten. He would reach a plea deal the following month by admitting to them all, however, on top of forfeiting almost $22 million of his assets—only to breach the terms of that deal when a judge decided he'd lied under oath about the contact he'd been having with Kilimnik. He was ultimately sentenced to a total of seven and a half years in prison in March 2019, followed almost immediately by state charges being filed in New York in case Trump decides to pardon him on the federal charges.
    • On the same day that Manafort was convicted of his charges, another of Trump's closest confidants in Michael Cohen—then the president's personal lawyer and self-proclaimed "fixer"—admitted to a laundry list of crimes that came to include tax evasion, bank fraud, paying six-figure sums of hush money to two women who'd claimed to have an affair with Trump in violation of campaign finance law, and making false statements to Congress regarding a Trump property deal in Russia conducted concurrently with the 2016 election. Cohen would be sentenced to three years in prison in December 2018 after reaching a plea deal, and would further lose his license to practice law late that following February, one day before a seven-hour congressional hearing that saw him label his former client as a "racist" and a "cheat"—further underscoring the gap between his once-lofty station and his current position.
    • Scott Pruitt, Trump's director of the Environmental Protection Agency, faced a months-long cavalcade of controversy and investigations into possible ethics violations that eventually forced him to quit the post in early July of 2018.
    • One of Trump's earliest and most ardent supporters, Jeff Sessions, left his post as Senator of Alabama for that of the U.S. Attorney General. After Trump fired then-FBI director James Comey in 2017 and triggered Mueller's aforementioned special independent investigation, Sessions—whose duty it would have been to oversee this investigation—promptly dynamited his cozy relationship with the president by recusing himself from it all. Trump, by all accounts, was livid at this decision, and the two men would continue to feud for well over a year. Trump finally sacked Sessions in November 2018, mere hours after the midterm elections gave the rival Democrats a majority in the House; reportedly, the only reason he hadn't done it sooner was to avoid negative press and possibly a potential Republican loss in the Senate as well. Sessions' would be the first head to roll in the wake of the loss of the House; indeed, sources had indicated even beforehand that he might not be the last to go.
    • Rod Rosenstein found himself on both ends of this trope in 2017. Shortly after he was confirmed as deputy attorney general, he released a memo critical of Comey, one widely believed to have played a part in Trump terminating the FBI Director. Then Rosenstein brought in Mueller as special counsel—and like Sessions, set himself on the outs in Trump's good graces with that one move. Things only got worse when it was reported he'd posed the notion of wearing a wire to record Trump, and also discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to possibly remove Trump from office. Even though Mueller's report gave no conclusive evidence that Trump had obstructed justicenote , Rosenstein was spoiled goods in the White House, and after several years of being passed over for multiple promotions, he tendered his resignation late in April 2019.
    • Both inverted and played straight with Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned his post in December 2018, effective at the end of the following February, and all but said in his resignation letter that Trump's decision to pull all troops out of Syria had everything to do with his decision. The part where it got played straight was that Trump sent him away almost immediately because he did not like the letter's connotations. Mattis would be the first of several later departures from the Pentagon, including chief of staff Kevin Sweeney.
    • Conservative commentator Stephen Moore, a Trump pick for a governor of the Federal Reserve, withdrew himself from consideration for the position after revelations of sexist comments and that he underpaid alimony payments to his ex-wife.
    • When Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out as Department of Homeland Security secretary in early April of 2019, there was a formal movement to stop her from landing a cushy post-administration job. Nielsen had been the secretary during the much-maligned child separation policy of mid-2018, and while there were reports that she privately didn’t like the policy, in public she defended it—and may or may not have lied to Congress about it. A letter circulated through the academic community that said they wouldn’t associate themselves with any business, university, or think tank that hired her. Julian Sánchez, a fellow of one such think tank who signed the letter, the Cato Institute, told Vox, ”If someone caged children as a hobby, they’d rightly be treated like a goddamn pariah by everyone. If you make it a vocation, you can look forward to a [Harvard] Kennedy School chair. It’s diseased, and I don’t want to play along.”
    • In June 2019 the acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan quit and took himself out of contention to be the official Secretary after several alleged incidents of domestic violence came to light. He and his ex-wife are both accused of having punched each other during their 2010 divorce. The following year, he's alleged to have helped his son cover up hitting his mother (same ex-wife) multiple times in the head with a baseball bat.
    • Acting Customs and Border Protection leader John Sanders stepped down in late June 2019 after a damning report about the treatment of migrant children in CBP’s custody in a Texas facility was released. Accusations range from ten year olds having to care for toddlers, a flu outbreak exacerbated by a filthy conditions, children going without diapers, and the children not being given any fresh food.
    • Alexander Acosta was an attorney who oversaw a 2008 plea deal for a child sex case against billionaire Jeffrey Epstein that many felt was a slap on the wrist, and also possibly illegal, as Acosta failed to alert the victims in that case about Epstein's sentence, or even ask them for their opinion as mandated by federal law.note  In July 2019, it was discovered that Epstein's proclivities went far deeper than believed, with upwards of thirty victims identified in a new case against him; this inevitably drew Acosta, now the Trump administration's secretary of labor, into the furor. Acosta would fight off the backlash for a few days before handing the president his resignation.note 
    • John Ratcliffe didn't even make it to his confirmation hearing to replace the outgoing Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence. Near the end of July 2019, The Intercept ran a story that suggested he had exaggerated his own experience for the position. Nor did it help that many critics believed Ratcliffe to be a loyalist of President Trump, who had sparred with his own intelligence chiefs in the past—or that in picking Ratcliffe at all, he was bypassing the line of succession and passing over deputy director Sue Gordon instead. Ultimately, Ratcliffe's nomination was withdrawn less than a week after the article had been published, and Gordon herself resigned not long after.
    • Madeleine Westerhout was Trump's personal assistant and secretary since the day he took office. That changed in August 2019, when Westerhout—in an off-the-record conversation with reporters over drinks—leaked private information about the president's family, in which she bragged about having better relationships with Trump than his daughters and accusing him of thinking his younger daughter Tiffany was overweight. She was forced to resign at the end of the month once Trump caught wind of this; an anonymous aide later said Westerhout had been barred from returning to the White House.
  • Ed Murray tendered his resignation as mayor of Seattle in September 2017 after a fifth accusation of child sexual abuse—some of which dated back as far as the 1970s—came from no less a person than his own cousin. Murray, who is gay, insisted that it was part of a homophobic smear campaign, but unfortunately for him nobody in the LGBT community stood by him.
  • South Dakota Rep. Lynne DiSanto lost her realty job after making, then deleting, a post on Facebook that suggested she supported running over protesters that were blocking roads — after such an incident had occurred at the Charlottesville, VA far-right rally in August 2017, less than a month prior. DiSanto yet remains the House Majority Whip of the state legislature.
  • Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Trump, went through a few of these after leaving his campaign. In October 2017, Twitter suspended his account after he made a series of derogatory and threatening tweets against various CNN personnel. Then, late in April 2018, he commented that former First Lady Barbara Bush, who had died earlier that week, was a "mean-spirited, vindictive drunk"; the remark cost him a speaking invitation at the annual dinner for a Florida Republican group. Then, late in January 2019, he was arrested and charged with seven countsnote  as part of Robert Mueller's ongoing probe.
    • Way back in 1996, Stone had also been fired from a consulting job on Bob Dole's Presidential campaign after the National Enquirer reported that he had placed ads in swinger magazines.
  • Republican Pennsylvania congressman Tim Murphy retired — and then resigned — in October 2017 after leaked text messages showed him persuading his mistress into getting an abortion, despite being a staunchly anti-abortion figure who had, just that very week, co-sponsored and voted for a bill to make abortions illegal after 20 weeks.
  • One of the more notable casualties of the Harvey Weinstein saga was Al Franken, whose senatorial career came to an end in 2017 after sexual harassment allegations against him popped up. But Franken's case was downplayed in that he first issued an apology and had his apology accepted. Then, when Franken did cave into pressure and fell on his sword, he intended to send a clear message that no one—not even in the higher echelons of government—was to be considered above the basic laws of human decency. (Keep in mind that this was during a time when the White House was occupied by a person accused of sexual misconduct—having won a Presidential election after the allegations were first revealed and a leaked audio tape that strongly indicated the assaults likely happened [and even if they didn’t, posed a risk of emboldening supporters to commit similar assaults]—and that another was running for an open Senate seat in a different part of the country, and that yet another would be at the center of a Supreme Court nomination about a year later. It should also be noted that those three were all conservatives, each faced much graver accusations than Franken did, and unlike liberals with Franken, most conservatives stood by the accused.)
  • Britain's UKIP party, already on shaky ground after a disastrous general election in 2017, attracted controversy after a text was uncovered that claimed Meghan Markle, then the American fiancee to Prince Harry, would "taint" the royal family—with the text in question being sent by the girlfriend of party leader Henry Bolton, Jo Marney. Though Marney was suspended from the party, and Bolton promptly ended their relationship amidst the ensuing accusations of racismnote , the furor triggered multiple resignations, and Bolton himself received a vote of no confidence before he was sacked from the position in February 2018.
  • Former Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker survived a recall in 2012 and won re-election in 2014 fairly comfortably. He saw the momentum slide when he began an unsuccessful presidential bid in 2015/2016 but ultimately a botched deal for a Taiwanese company called Foxconn to build a plant would be his undoing. The deal was supposed to be the state giving them a $3 billion incentives package if they invested $10 billion in the state. They promised 13,000 jobs so the math came out to the state giving them $230,000 for every job created which is much bigger than any other similar deal ever. The subsidy package quickly ballooned to $4.1 billion even though Foxconn decided to make the plant smaller and hire fewer people, perhaps as few as a thousand. Walker’s approval rating was hovering in the low 40s on Election Day as most people didn’t think that they’d ever see their tax dollars back from Foxconn. He’d go on to lose by about a percentage point.
  • John Edwards's political career stopped abruptly in 2012 when he was tried for illicit campaign contributions (which were not discovered until 2009, after Edwards' 2008 Presidential campaign was sunk after the revelations of an extramarital affair followed by attempting to convince another staffer to falsely claim to be the father) with one-time campaign worker Rielle Hunter that made in 2007. Though the trial didn't result in a conviction, the controversy coupled with the disclosure that Edwards' wife Elizabeth was dying from breast cancer at the time of the affairnote , ensured the writing was all but on the wall for him.
  • South Korea's time as a democracy has seen just about every one of its leaders affected by some sort of political scandal involving money—whether directly or through family or friends:
    • Park Geun-hye, South Korea's first female president, was impeached, forced from office, fined to the tune of $17 million, and sentenced to 33 years in prison in April 2018 following a massive corruption scandal.
    • Her predecessor, Lee Myung-bak, was found to have accepted exorbitant bribes from electronics giant Samsung in exchange for pardoning chairman Lee Kun-hee, who'd been embroiled in financial scandals of his own. Lee Myung-bak was eventually sentenced in October 2018 to 15 years in prison and fined some $11.5 million.
    • His predecessor, Roh Moo-hyun, took office in 2003 with the promise that the country's endemic corruption would be uprooted and eliminated. But within a year Roh's own actions would be closely scrutinized; he was suspended and nearly impeached in 2004 after a breach of election rules, but later reinstated. Then, in 2009, while he was under investigation for allegedly accepting bribes, Roh jumped from a cliff behind his mountain home and died soon after; a number of his relatives later admitted to receiving illicit payments, including his wife.
    • And even Roh's predecessor, Kim Dae-jung—the only Korean to receive a Nobel Prize, Peace or otherwise—wasn't immune; the "Furgate" scandal of 1999note  damaged both his and his party's reputation after it was suggested that the prosecution had tried to sweep the whole thing under the rug.
  • Anthony Weiner was hit with this multiple times- first he was caught sending lewd pictures of himself, forcing him to resign from Congress. Then he attempted to run for mayor of New York City, but that campaign was derailed as well by more lewd pictures, including the revelation that he went by the "Awesome McCool" Name Memetic Mutation-worthy identity Carlos Danger. Then, an investigation of lewd contact with a 15-year-old led to a reopening of Hillary Clinton's email controversy, arguably costing her the 2016 presidential election. He wound up pleading guilty to transferring obscene material to a minor, getting him 21 months in jail and a permanent placement on the Sex Offender's register, effectively ending his career.
  • In April 2018, Missouri Governor and former Navy Seal Eric Greitens became the subject of a campaign finance inquiry, adding to an already tumultuous year where he'd been embroiled in the fallout of an extramarital affair with his hairdresser. The latter led to an indictment for invasion of privacy note , and although the charge was dropped, Greitens resigned later that May amid talks of impeachment from his own General Assembly. As a young governor, he was seen as a shoo-in to inevitably run for president one day but is now a person non-grata.
  • The political demise of Wisconsin senator Joseph McCarthy can be chiefly attributed to the hearings held in 1954 to determine if he'd given preferential treatment to one of his aides, who was a friend to lawyer Roy Cohn. He would eventually be acquitted, but even before the famous Armor-Piercing Question, "Have you no sense of decency, sir?" was delivered, McCarthy's conduct during the hearings did not endear him to many Americans. By the time it was over, Cohn had resigned as his chief counsel, and McCarthy himself was censured by his own Senate amid dwindling support in the polls, effectively destroying whatever influence he had left. He would descend into drinking soon after, and later the full-blown alcoholism that likely contributed to his death in 1957.
    • Cohn, for his part, continued to be a high-powered lawyer and mentor figure for the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump until his disbarment in 1986, after a long series of investigations found he had committed many instances of unethical and unprofessional conduct—including a case in 1975 where Cohn had entered the hospital room of a comatose and dying industrialist, forced a pen into the man's hand, and attempted to amend his last will so as to make himself a benificiary as well as the industrialist's granddaughternote . He died five weeks later from AIDS-related complications.
  • For a period of almost 30 years, the 1st Congressional District of Marylandnote  seemed to be almost a magnet for politicians whose careers ended in infamy, with four meeting that fate between 1962 and 1990.
    • First, Congressman Thomas Francis Johnson, a Democrat first elected in 1958; was seeking re-election to a third term against Republican challenger Rogers Morton, a farmer and the brother of then-Kentucky Senator Thurston Morton. Late in the campaign, Johnson would be charged with receiving illegal gratuities in Congress; and though Morton didn't focus much attention on the legal problems of his opponent during the campaign, Johnson would then go on to defeatnote .
    • Morton would continue to hold the seat until 1971, managing to avoid scandal while also serving as chairman of the Republican National Committee; when President Nixon appointed him as his Secretary of the Interior, with one of his Congressional aides, William Oswald Mills, winning the special election to replace him. Mills would win a full term in his own right in 1972, but on May 19, 1973 it was revealed that Mills had received $25,000 from Nixon's re-election committee CRP, part of $900,000 worth of unaccounted donationsnote , thus opening the possibility of Mills being fined $1,000 and serving a year in prison if convicted. Five days later, Mills took his own life. Shortly after Mills' suicide, though, Maryland authorities revealed Mills may not have been in violation of the state's recently-enacted campaign finance laws; as the money was given to Mills in January 1971, while the law itself wasn't passed until that July.
    • The most explosive of the scandals involved Mills' replacement, Bob Bauman. Bauman was first elected in the special election to finish Mills' term before winning three elections in his own right, and his outspoken conservative voting record and other affiliations (having helped start the American Conservative Union and was also an early member of the Young Americans for Freedom) caused many to view him as a rising star by the late 1970s. That changed dramatically one month before the 1980 election, a rematch from 1976 pitting Bauman against Democratic state Delegate Roy Dyson, when on October 3 it came out that Bauman, a married father of four who had often been critical about the country's moral decline, was Living a Double Life after he was arrested on charges of soliciting a male prostitute. Bauman later entered rehab for alcoholism upon which the solicitation charge was dropped, but his campaign never recovered and Dyson, who until the scandal broke was given little hope of victory won handily over Baumannote .
    • Dyson would soon have a cloud of scandal on his own when, running for a fifth term in 1988; he found himself dealing with two scandals in his campaign against the Republican nominee, teacher and retired Marine Wayne Gilchrest. The first came amid reports Dyson was receiving improper contributions from defense contractors but that was overshadowed by a bizarre story where, following the suicide of chief assistant Tom Pappas, Dyson's own sexuality was questioned after it was revealed Pappas had told one male staffer he would have to perform a striptease at an office party, an act the staffer refused to perform. Dyson barely won re-election by just 460 votes, and in a rematch in 1990 Gilchrest easily defeated Dysonnote .
  • Former Colorado Senator Gary Hart had risen from national obscurity in 1984; when he first ran for the Democratic nomination for President, following a strong showing in the Iowa Caucus and his victory in the New Hampshire primary; eventually narrowly losing the nomination to former Vice-President Walter Mondale. Following Mondale being on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle defeat at the hands of incumbent President Ronald Reagan; many viewed Hart as the automatic front-runner for the nomination in 1988, a belief confirmed when Hart decided not to run for a third term in the Senate to focus his entire attention on the White House. But shortly after entering the race, an informant alerted the Miami Herald of rumors Hart was having an affair with an unnamed modelnote  which broke the story on May 3, 1987 by reporting that Hart and Rice had been seen together over the weekendnote , and after the Washington Post threatened to run a story about another woman claiming she had an affair with Hart while he and his wife Lee had separated; Hart dropped out in a defiant press conference on May 8. Hart later decided to return to the campaign in December 1987, with the message of his return being "Let's let the people decide". Hart briefly resumed his front-runner status only to be besieged with more controversy, this time over outstanding debts from his 1984 campaign, and after poor showings in Iowa, New Hampshire and Super Tuesday; Hart accepted the voters' decision and dropped out, effectively remaining in private life ever since.
    Gary Hart: I believe I could have been a successful candidate and I know I would have been a very good President, particularly for these times. But apparently now we'll never know.
  • In 1921, U.S. Interior Secretary Albert Fall leased a number of U.S. Navy oil fields, including Teapot Dome in Wyoming, to private companies at low rates, and without competitive bids. If he had remembered to cover up a hundred-thousand-dollar loan from one of those companies, he might have gotten away with it. Instead, eight years and a high-profile investigation later, Fall became the first-ever member of a U.S. presidential cabinet to go to prison, which damaged the already beleaguered administration of Warren G. Harding, sullied President Harding's own reputation (despite the man having died in office in 1923, before the scandal really broke open), accelerated the start of the Great Depression (remember, 1929 was also the year the stock market crashed), and caused "Teapot Dome" to be synonymous with scandal of the highest degree in America for the next five decades.
  • The Watergate burglary in 1972 wasn't enough to end Richard Nixon's presidency; the final straw was the coverup. Combined with ordering Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox to be replaced and passing over FBI agent Mark Felt for a promotionnote , the coverup spelled doom for Nixon and irreparably tarnished, if not outright destroyed, his reputation, and Nixon became the first President in American history to resign. While Nixon would successfully rebuild his reputation in the two decades before his death in 1994, he remains a divisive figure to this day.
  • Gerald Ford, who succeeded Nixon as president after his resignation, saw his approval rating collapse after he pardoned Nixon for the Watergate scandal. Although Ford would lead the nation out of the Vietnam War and into a brief period of economic boom, before an inflation epidemic set in, many in the nation never forgave Ford for allowing Nixon to get away with the crimes many perceived he had committed during Watergate, but amazingly it wasn't quite enough to cost him the White House in 1976. No, the camel's back only broke with how he handled a blackout that crippled and threatened to bankrupt New York City.
  • Jimmy Carter, despite his powerful advocacy of human rights, and leading the nation out of the shadow of Watergate, saw his own presidency crumble to the Iran hostage crisis, a crippling recession in the late 70's and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Carter's failure to deal with the simultaneous crises all played a role in his landslide defeat to Ronald Reagan.
  • Herbert Hoover, Harding's Secretary of Commerce, managed to keep his hands clean enough to weather the storm of the aforementioned Teapot Dome scandal and win the Presidency in 1928—and to his credit, he did try to contain the fallout of Teapot Dome following the stock market crash of 1929 and the subsequent Great Depression. But his more extreme actions—including, most infamously, his calling the military on the Bonus Army—cost him the White House in 1932, and his successor was so much more effective at cleaning up the country that the GOP itself was effectively shut out of the White House until 1952 and became a punchline to the point where The Three Stooges did a joke where someone raced others into a house while gleefully declaring, "Last one in is a Republican!"
  • Senator Reed Smoot was voted out of office in 1932 for helping to instigate one of the most damaging trade wars in American history, resulting in the Great Depression becoming suddenly worse. Rep. Willis C. Hawley, the other sponsor of the tariff that sparked the trade war, managed to last another term.
  • Almost averted by Andrew Johnson. His attempts to fire Secretary of War Edwin Stanton proved a violation of the Tenure of Office Act and triggered impeachment proceedings in 1868, but he avoided removal from office by a single vote three months later. Stanton, for his part, resigned that May, and the murkily worded Act would be repealed entirely in 1887. As for President Johnson, the near miss had left his reputation in tatters; he lost a lot of influence that he would never truly regain, and he did not seek the President's office again. He would make a political comeback as a Senator several years later, expressing genuine gratitude to the Senators who had sacrificed their political careers by voting to acquit him, but he died of a stroke a few months into his first term in 1875.
  • Kwame Kilpatrick's undoing started in March 2008 with a settlement scheme concerning an extra-marital affair. Six months later, having been charged with no less than eight counts of perjury, misconduct in office, and obstruction of justice (and soon after he pleaded guilty to two counts of the latter), he resigned as mayor of Detroit and was sentenced to four months of jail time. The tailspin got worse in 2010, after Kilpatrick, his father, and several other prominent Detroit officials were indicted on corruption charges; Kilpatrick was sentenced to a further 28 years in prison in 2013.
  • Former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, noted for her part in the state's infamous 2000 recount, fell victim to this trope after one of her own campaign moves backfired on her. In 2006, four years after running for Congress and winning, she sought the state's open U.S. Senate seat, with her only real rival for the Republican nomination being former congressman-turned-TV talk show host Joe Scarborough. Before the primary, Harris began personally calling major Republican donors in the state, telling them that Scarborough would "have to face some questions" about the death of a staffer in his district office note  shortly after he'd suddenly resigned from Congress only a few months into his fourth term. The issue has been a longtime Berserk Button for Scarborough, and the backlash against Harris from around the party (and state) was such that even though she won the nomination when Scarborough decided he liked being a talk show host more, she was defeated easily by Democrat Bill Nelsonnote  that November, and Harris has since remained out of not only politics, but the public eye as well.
    • Nelson himself would see his undoing in 2018 when he was narrowly defeated by sitting Governor Rick Scott. Many cite his loss to the fact that he treated the race like it was a shoo-in for him to win, given he was a Democratic incumbent in a swing state during the midterm of a deeply unpopular Republican President. He did minimal campaigning and failed to do much outreach to the Hispanic electorate like Scott did, assuming that they would break big for him. Scott held Nelson to single-digit margins with Hispanic voters, allowing him to eke out a victory on the back of wide margins with working-class whites.
  • New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned in 2018 shortly after it was disclosed that four women had made sexual assault allegations against him.
  • Former New York governor Elliot Spitzer stepped down in 2008 after reports surfaced that he had patronized call girls while in office.
  • While #Me Too! has primarily ended a lot of male politician's careers, at least one woman has had to make an embarrassed hasty exit from the public stage. Kansas lawyer Andrea Ramsey had to abandon her bid for that state's 3rd congressional district, the most take-able for Democrats there, in early December 2017 after a decade-old settled lawsuit against one of her former employers alleging that she had slowly pushed a male employee out of the company in retaliation for refusing her sexual advances was reported on in the media after having circulated privately among Republicans and Democratic rivals since shortly after she announced her candidacy. The victor in the third district primary. however, and later the general election, was Sharice Davids, who was a latecomer into an otherwise all-male race.
  • Jason Spencer had served for four terms as a state representative of Georgia, until losing in the Republican primaries for May 2018. He'd intended to see the last of his term through in peace and quiet—until later that July, when an "anti-terrorism training class" Spencer had taken part in turned out to be a prank by Sacha Baron Cohen for his new series, Who is America? The episode that featured said "class" also featured Spencer doing such things as dropping his pants so as to scare off terrorists, and shouting slurs to ward off a kidnapper, among other things that left him with no small amount of egg on his face. It didn't take long for both sides of the aisle—including the House Speaker—to condemn Spencer's actions, and when it became apparent that the damage from Cohen's prank had been done, an exceptionally embarrassed Spencer resigned later that week.
  • Melissa Howard was forced to suspend her campaign for the Florida House in August 2018 after admitting to faking her diploma, an act for which she was given probation and community service one month later.
  • Bob McCulloch's seven-term career as St. Louis prosecuting attorney ended in 2014 with his failure to prosecute the cop that shot Michael Brown, who would go on to become the catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement. Brown died just four days after his last victory in the Democratic primaries. McCulloch would lose the 2018 prosecutor election to former public defender Wesley Bell, who won by default after defeating McCulloch, without so much as a challenge from the GOP.
  • Peter Strzok was fired by the FBI in August 2018 after numerous texts involving a conflict of interest in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election came to light.
  • Kelli Ward already had an uphill battle in her quest to replace Arizona's retiring senator, Jeff Flake, as congresswoman Martha McSally had long been the favorite for the Republican nomination. But late in August 2018, days before the primary, after the news broke that Arizona's other senator, the ailing John McCain, was ceasing treatment for his terminal brain cancer, Ward publicly mused if the announcement had been deliberately timed to coincide with her campaign. McCain died mere hours afterward, at which point Ward took down her comment, but by then the backlash against her statement had already begun to brew, and Ward went on to lose the Republican primarynote . While she was never expected to win the primary in the first place, Ward’s statement on McCain, coupled with a statement blaming political correctness for the backlash, may have caused her to lose enough support to pull McSally past the 50 percent mark in the three-way primary between the two of them and controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio. It certainly killed her chances of running as a viable permanent (for a certain value of the word, as Senate terms last six years) replacement for McCain himself in 2020 (which McSally almost certainly will be the Republican nominee for). She, however, is now the chairwoman of the Arizona GOP.
  • Joe Arpaio's history of racism against Hispanics, and the infamously brutal conditions of his county jail, came back to haunt him when he was voted out as Sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, then tried and convicted for contempt of court. Though Donald Trump later pardoned him, it only made his subsequent Senate bid in 2018 much more difficult, as he'd since become the poster child of the potential for corrupt pardons.note  Regardless of individual opinions on whether Trump's pardon of Arpaio was intended to tell his supporters that they could count on him to bail them out at the first sign of danger (something we will NOT debate here), Arpaio still wound up dead last in the GOP's race to replace Flake, and like Roy Moore he went on the legal warpath over it, specifically targeting media outlets such as CNN and the New York Times (both popular archnemeses of the alt-right) over being labelled as a "felon" or "ex-felon" on account of the aforementioned pardon controversy (as another media outlet, The Rolling Stone, acknowledged in a redaction, contempt of court is a misdemeanor, not a felony), which he alleges not only cost him the race to replace Flake but also severely dampened his expectations in the race to permanently replace McCain in 2020.
  • Journalist and writer Màxim Huerta's political career lasted for all of one week. Just days after being appointed as the new Minister of Culture and Sports of Spain by new Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in June 2018, he resigned when a 2017 sentence forcing him to pay €366,000 (about $424,000) for tax fraud was uncovered.
  • Robert Bork's SCOTUS nomination went up in flames over his stated anti-civil rights stance and his role in the firing of Archibald Coxnote . This ultimately tainted Ronald Reagan's nomination of Bork to such a degree that by the time Bork's confirmation was denied in 1987, his last name had became a word in its own right: in 2002, the Oxford English Dictionary would define "bork" as a slang verb with the meaning "to defame or vilify (a person) systematically."
  • Jim Knoblach's reelection campaign for Minnesota State Rep. came to an abrupt and ignominious end in September 2018 when his own daughter put forward accusations of sexually inappropriate behavior towards her that lasted some twelve years.
  • Downplayed with Marine Le Pen, leader of the French far-right organization National Rally. In 2015, when confronted by a journalist who drew comparisons between her party (then named National Front) and the so-called Islamic State, she responded by retweeting a number of pictures that contained very graphic images of atrocities committed by IS. Three years and a losing presidential bid later, Le Pen still remains her party's leader, but she was stripped of her parliamentary immunity and ordered to undergo psychiatric testing per an investigation into said tweets.
  • Another downplayed case with Ted Kennedy, who pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident after a car crash that killed Mary Jo Kopechne, a former aide to his brother Robert, as he was driving her home from a party at Chappaquiddick in 1969. He only received a two month suspended sentence and was able to retain his seat in the Senate for several decades, but the incident destroyed his long-held hopes of becoming president; Kennedy would only make a single attempt, where he lost handily in the 1980 primary to Jimmy Carter, before his death in 2009.
  • Dallas Assistant DA Jody Warner was fired from her position in late 2017 after accusations came out that she had verbally harassed an Uber driver who she had been using to get home while drunk one evening. This occurred because the uber driver was attempting to take her home, only for Jody to be either unresponsive, or being aggressive when he tried to verify the address, before she began insulting him. In response, the driver ordered her to exit the vehicle, and proceeded to call the cops when she refused, but also began recording audio of the event. Several of her comments recorded had her outright threaten him using her position, threatening to accuse him of kidnapping, and even physically hitting him. Once the evidence was turned over, she was terminated from her position and apologized for it though many criticized her for how she seemed to deflect the issue by not outright apologizing to the individual.
  • Lance Mason, a minor official in the city of Cleveland, went through a Double Subversion that started while he was a judge in 2014, when he attacked his then-estranged wife and was booked for domestic violence. He pleaded guilty, served nine months of his sentence, and was rehired by the city mayor in 2017—only to be fired again in November 2018 for allegedly murdering the same woman he'd attacked.
  • After a January 2019 interview in the New York Times in which he questioned the controversial nature of terms like "white supremacy" and "white nationalism", Iowa Rep. Steve King—no stranger to fanning flames such as these in the past—faced backlash and condemnation from both sides of the aisle, including the Senate Majority Leader. He was eventually ousted from his positions on every House panel he'd taken part in up to that point and he's essentially been hung out to dry by the various GOP congressional groups for his re-election bid in 2020.
  • Michael Ertel lasted less than a month as Florida's Secretary of State before pictures of him wearing blackface at a Halloween party in 2005 resurfaced in January 2019note . He resigned later that day.
  • Mark Foley's political career came to a screeching halt in October of 2006 after it was discovered that he had sent suggestive emails and instant messages to male Congressional pages. Foley was forced to resign two days later, and the ensuing scandal, and what the Republicans in the House knew about it, is widely acknowledged as having played the crucial role in guaranteeing the Democrats would win control of Congress in that year's elections. While he ultimately escaped criminal prosecution, in large part because he was able to keep away from the line of the law, he was furiously blamed by many in the Party for giving Democrats an opening a month before the election.
  • Mayor Rahm Emmanuel of Chicago saw his approval rating plummet following the shooting of Laquan McDonald by a white police officer. His entire third term was dominated by the shooting and his decision to fight the release of the dashcam video led many to accuse him of trying to cover it up. Despite attempts to reform the police department, including sacking the police chief, agreeing to a federal order on needed police reforms, and outreach programs for African Americans, he faced a vicious primary battle if he chose to seek a fourth term, and announced hours before a verdict that he would not seek re-election.
  • George H.W. Bush infuriated conservative Republicans when he broke his "No New Taxes" promise to prevent the nation from entering debt. Bush was apologetic, but he never fully regained the trust of the party base, and combined with the ongoing recession in the early 90's, resulted in his defeat by Bill Clinton.
  • Newt Gingrich infuriated many in the nation when he insinuated that he shut down the government because of a perceived snub by Bill Clinton. Gingrich apologized, but Clinton promptly painted the shutdown as Gingrich's fault. Gingrich's speakership subsequently imploded after the House reprimanded him, and the final straw was when he impeached Clinton for lying under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky, while he was having a similar affair. Gingrich resigned from Congress on January 3rd, 1999.
  • In the years that followed the controversial 2016 election, former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach made longstanding claims of illegal voter fraud that never truly materialized; this, combined with his service as vice-chairman on a special panel to investigate such voter fraud that wasn't much more successful,note  played a major role in costing him the governorship of Kansas. Moderate Republicans ultimately believed Kobach was too much of a headache, and backed his Democratic rival.note  Kansas is a state that is slowly but surely becoming more competitive but is still pretty solidly red, however even the White House is telling him to not run for the senate seat left open by retiring senator Pat Roberts in the 2020 elections as to not lose them a seat.
  • In a similar case to Kobach, acting Texas Secretary of State David Whitley resigned in late May 2019 because of his involvement in a highly suspicious voter fraud inquiry. He had been appointed by governor Greg Abbott but hadn't been confirmed by the state senatenote  after his re-election in November 2018 and only stayed in office for four months. He was being sued by the League of United Latin American Citizens (a Latino advocacy group) after they received a tip from two Republican state officeholders that the voter fraud inquiry was an attempt to purge 95,000 voters from the rolls for not being US citizens. The state and the group settled out of court with the state on the hook for their $450,000 legal bills but Whitley didn't have the votes to actually be confirmed and handed Abbott his resignation.
  • In 2017, shortly before Heinz-Christian Strache—a member of the country's far-right Freedom Party—became the vice-chancellor of Austria, he was allegedly in Ibiza discussing government contracts and campaign support from a woman who claimed to be related to an influential Russian investor. What Strache hadn't known at the time was that this meeting had been secretly filmed—and he promptly resigned midway through May 2019, less than a day after he found out Der Spiegel had gotten their hands on the footage and published its contents. Within a week, every minister involved with the Freedom Party had resigned as well—including the foreign minister and the ministers of defense, transport, and social affairs—effectively wiping out half of chancellor Sebastian Kurz's entire cabinet, and forcing another Austrian election that saw Kurz himself ousted as well in a no confidence vote.
  • After 20 years of managing to avoid being seriously questioned about them, Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky and the several allegations of sexual misconduct that were levelled against him during his presidency received far more scrutiny from both the press and his own party in the wake of #MeToo. Several prominent figures in the media and a few sitting Democrats in Congress, most notably Senator Kristen Gillibrand, admitted Clinton should have resigned over his affair with Lewinsky, conceding it was an abuse of power. The renewed scrutiny regarding Clinton's alleged misconduct led to Clinton not making a single appearance during the 2018 midterm elections, as many Democrats conceded that the large amount of allegations, one of which involved rape, made him too controversial among women to be used in public campaigns.
  • The GOP had already suffered heavy losses at Pennsylvania in the 2018 midterms, losing three congressional seats and weathering double-digit losses in their Senate and governor's races. Further insult to injury came in June 2019, when the state's party chairman, Val DiGiorgio, handed in his resignation over a series of explicit texts to a candidate for Philadelphia's city council.
  • Rick Snyder's political career went up in flames over his widely criticized handling of the Flint water crisis while governor of Michigan. Snyder's failure to adequately warn Flint that the water they were drinking was contaminated, and his failure to immediately admit that members of his own administration were also involved, led to an enormous backlash against the governor, accusing him of making the choice based on race, as Flint was a majority black city. Snyder was term limited anyway when the crisis erupted, but his approval rating collapsed and the governorship easily went to the Democrats when it came up, with the GOP nominee, Attorney General Bill Schuette also having been criticized for his handling of the Flint water crisis; naturally, that played a major role in the loss. Snyder would similarly lose a place at Harvard due to his handling of the Flint water crisis.
  • William Hale Thompson's election as Mayor of Chicago in 1927 was ultimately this for the Republican Party in the city. After four years under the influence of a man who openly associated with Al Capone, Chicago's mayoral office has been occupied solely by Democrats since 1931.
  • Glen Casada barely lasted six months as Tennessee's House Speaker before a number of scandals engulfed him in 2019. His chief of staff, Cade Cothren, was caught trying to frame a local civil rights activist for violating a restraining order, as well as sending racist and sexist texts to Casada. Cothren resigned early that May amidst the fallout, and Casada himself followed suit several weeks later.
  • Sir Kim Darroch was already due to step down as the UK ambassador to the US at the end of 2019, but his involvement in a leaked email exchange from 2017 that was critical of President Trump and his administration hastened his departure from the post to early July, a few days after the Daily Mail caught wind of the exchange.
  • Judge Aaron Persky wrecked his judicial career in 2016 when he sentenced Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to just six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Persky had served on the California bench since 2003, but his statement that prison would have a severe impact on Turner's life triggered immense outrage at the judge, with many people stating that he'd severely undercut how much trauma the victim had gone through. Persky had literally just won re-election that year, but he was forced to stop hearing criminal cases, and was finally kicked off the bench in 2018 over the sentence—becoming the first US judge to be so removed in over forty years. Nor did it stop there; the whole mess cost him a coaching job at a San Jose high school in 2019—just a month after he'd been hired—when they figured out who he was.
  • Puerto Rico erupted in days of mass protests in July 2019 when some nine hundred pages' worth of text messages between several high-level government officials were uncovered, mocking everything from the LBGT+ community to the victims of Hurricane Maria. At the center of the scandal was the US territory's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, who would eventually cave in to the immense pressure and hand in his resignation over the entire debacle.
  • Rosselló's successor, Pedro Pierluisi, didn't last a week before a Congressional failing cost him his job. The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico removed him from office at 5 PM on August 7 with a ruling that he had been improperly sworn in because the Senate neglected to confirm him beforehand.
  • Dan Adamini, secretary for the Republican Party in Marquette County, Michigan, was forced to resign in 2017 after a Facebook post responding to violent protests at the University of California-Berkley over an appearance by alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, saying it was time for "another Kent State," referring to the 1970 incident where the National Guard fired into a group of Kent students protesting the invasion of Cambodia, killing four. Just about everyone on both sides of the aisle was aghast at his seemingly calling for anyone protesting the Republican Party to be murdered, and while he insisted that wasn't what he meant, his attempted explanation that he was actually calling for an end to violence was ridiculed as making no sense. He even started receiving death threats of his own, to which he couldn't exactly argue that turnabout wasn't fair play.

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