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Amanda Carpenter
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Born (1982-11-20) November 20, 1982 (age 35)[a]
Nationality American
Alma mater Ball State University
Occupation Political commentator
Known for Print and television pundit

Amanda Carpenter (born November 20, 1982[a]) is an American author, political advisor, and speechwriter. She is a former senior staffer to Senators Jim DeMint and Ted Cruz. She was a columnist for The Washington Times from 2009 to 2010, has an active Twitter following, and regularly appears as a political contributor on CNN.

Early life and education[edit]

Carpenter grew up in Montrose, Michigan.[1] After graduating from Ball State University with a B.A. in Communication Studies in 2005,[2][1][3]

Career in media and politics[edit]

Carpenter worked as a congressional correspondent for Human Events from 2005 to 2007 before going to to become its national political reporter.[4]

In March 2009, Carpenter took a position with The Washington Times,[5] where she wrote a daily column called the Hot Button that covered political and cultural issues as well other news articles.[6]

In early 2010, Carpenter left The Washington Times and joined Senator Jim DeMint's staff as senior communications advisor and speechwriter.[3][7]

In January 2013, Carpenter became senior communications advisor and speechwriter for Senator Ted Cruz.[8][1]

In July 2015, Carpenter returned to her journalism career.[9] She is a contributor for CNN.[10] She is known for critiquing President Trump, in particular his treatment of women.[10] Carpenter has said that she agrees with some of his policy decisions, but that the scandals surrounding his presidency make it "very difficult" to defend him.[10] In her 2018 book Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us, she critiques Trump's propensity for lying.[11][12][13]

Carpenter is also known as a blogger, author, and commentator. She has made numerous media appearances, including segments on the BBC; Fox News's The O'Reilly Factor, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, Hannity & Colmes, and The Big Story; MSNBC's Tucker; PBS's To the Contrary and CNN's Larry King Live and Reliable Sources.[14] Her book The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy's Dossier on Hillary Rodham Clinton was published in 2006.[14][15] She later wrote about the 2008 presidential election for Glamour magazine's blog "Glamocracy."[14][15] As of June 2015, Carpenter had more than 56,000 followers on Twitter—more than any congressional staffer.[9]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Carpenter's birthday is November 20.[16] She was 31 years old on February 26, 2014.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Sanchez, Humberto (February 26, 2014). "Amanda Carpenter Is Ted Cruz's Twitter Torrent". Roll Call. Archived from the original on March 26, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ Carpenter, Amanda. "Amanda Carpenter". LinkedIn. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Weigel, David (January 25, 2010). "DeMint Hires Amanda Carpenter". The Washington Independent. Archived from the original on July 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Amanda Carpenter". Townhall. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ Dornic, Matt (February 5, 2009). "Townhall's Amanda Carpenter to Washington Times". Archived from the original on 2009-10-12. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Amanda Carpenter". Archived from the original on April 14, 2010. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ @amandacarpenter (January 25, 2010). "And the big news is...I'm leaving TWT to join Sen. DeMint's staff as senior communications advisor and speechwriter" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  8. ^ @amandacarpenter (January 22, 2013). "Thrilled to announce I'm starting my new job today as Senator Cruz's senior communications advisor and speechwriter!" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  9. ^ a b Lesniewski, Niels (June 9, 2015). "Amanda Carpenter Leaving Ted Cruz World". Roll Call. Archived from the original on March 26, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c Evans, Garrett (2018-05-17). "For cable commentators, the 2016 GOP primary never ended". TheHill. Retrieved 2018-05-23. 
  11. ^ Lewis, Matt (2018-05-07). "The Damage of Trump's Low-Bar Presidency Is Worse Than You Think". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2018-05-23. 
  12. ^ Bilton, Nick. "The Conservative Case Against Donald Trump". The Hive. Retrieved 2018-05-23. 
  13. ^ "Amanda Carpenter, "Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us" (Broadside, 2018)". Retrieved 2018-05-23. 
  14. ^ a b c Carpenter, Amanda (December 10, 2007). "Glamocracy". Glamocracy (blog). Glamour. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b Maltz, Phoebe (February 2012). "What's Your Story?—Amanda Carpenter". Archived from the original on March 26, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  16. ^ @amandacarpenter (November 20, 2009). "Yay, it's my birthday. Another year wiser!" (Tweet). Archived from the original on March 31, 2016 – via Twitter. 

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