Special Report

Top 20 Scandals of 2019

Samuel Stebbins, Evan Comen, Grant Suneson

A lot can happen in 365 days — and the world is a different place today, at the end of 2019, than it was at the beginning of the year.

This year was marked by a seemingly endless procession of scandals — at the highest levels of both the private and public sectors — affecting all aspects of public life in the United States. These highly publicized scandals range from inappropriate sexual affairs and racial insensitivity to potentially criminal and outright criminal actions (here is a look at the 20 biggest crimes of the year)

24/7 Wall St. reviewed the biggest news stories of the last 12 months to identify the top 21 scandals of 2019. Many stories on this list — particularly those involving politicians — may evoke feelings of schadenfreude. On the other hand, some scandals on this list were outright tragedies that call for nothing but the deepest sympathies and continued demands for justice. Others fall somewhere in the middle. 

One of the scandals on our list involves President Donald Trump. Trump’s presidency has been chaotic and rife with scandal from the start, from insider complaints of dysfunction and discord in the White House to allegations of coverups of extramarital affairs. As president, Trump has been a fixture in the headlines. Here is a look at 50 notable events since Trump was elected president. 

Many of the scandals on this list will likely soon fade from memory and end up as little more than footnotes in history books. Others, however, will continue to impact our lives into the new year and beyond. The scandals are listed in chronological order.

Click here to see the 20 top scandals of 2019