Mollie Hemingway

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Mollie Hemingway
Mollie Hemingway (25456897652).jpg
Borncirca 1974
Alma materUniversity of Colorado Denver
OccupationAuthor, columnist, political commentator
Spouse(s)Mark Hemingway

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway (born circa 1974[1]) is an American conservative author, columnist and political commentator.[2] She is a senior editor at the online magazine The Federalist and a contributor for Fox News.[3]

A harsh critic of Donald Trump in the 2016 Republican primary, her subsequent editorial comments have defended Trump.[4][5][6][7]

Early life and education[edit]

Mollie Ziegler was born in Denver, Colorado. Her father is a retired pastor of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and her mother is a retired schoolteacher. She earned a degree in economics from the University of Colorado Denver.[8]

Political and other commentary[edit]

In 2002, she moved to Gannett Publishing, where she worked at the Federal Times.[8]

Hemingway has written columns in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, National Review, The New York Times Magazine, and Ricochet. She was one of the founding members of The Federalist.[8] She has appeared multiple times on C-SPAN. In 2017, she became a Fox News contributor.[9][10] Her columns have been published in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, CNN, and RealClearPolitics.[11][12]


Early in the 2016 presidential campaign, she described then-candidate Donald Trump as "a demagogue with no real solutions for anything at all."[7] However, since then, she has been staunchly pro-Trump,[failed verification][disputed ][7] with Politico describing her as "a reliably pro-Trump commentator",[4] while Salon called her The Federalist's "most reliable Trump defender".[5] The New York Times wrote in 2020 that Hemingway's columns "have earned presidential retweets and affirmation for their scathing criticism of Democrats and the news media, whom she accuses of lying about just about everything when it comes to the president."[7]

In May 2017, Hemingway defended Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.[13] In July 2017, after Comey testified to Congress, Hemingway questioned Comey's character, saying "this is not a choir boy here. [Comey] could teach masterclasses in how to cover your own behind and engage in typical Washington, DC shenanigans."[14]

In February 2018, she argued that Carter Page, a former Trump campaign advisor who had been subjected to intelligence surveillance since 2014, had his civil liberties violated.[15] Hemingway warned, "if the civil rights and civil liberties of Carter Page can be violated, they can be violated for anyone."[15] Page, who had murky relationships with Russia and unusually pro-Putin views, had been the subject of attempted recruitment by Russian intelligence since 2013.[15] In April 2019, the Mueller Report revealed that investigators found no direct evidence that Page coordinated Trump campaign activities with the Russian government.[16][17]

In May 2018, President Trump tweeted a quote attributed to Hemingway which gave credence to the theory that the FBI spied on Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and stated the surveillance was "unprecedented and scandalous."[18] Vox countered claims such as Hemingway's, stating that while an FBI informant did meet with several Trump campaign advisers, the FBI didn't actually intend to spy on Trump, but was instead "most likely part of a legitimate counterintelligence operation targeted at Russia’s election interference campaign..."[19]

In November 2018, Hemingway described Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as "a very Stalinist-type approach to criminal justice."[20]

In September 2019, Hemingway showed that a New York Times story containing allegations about Brett Kavanaugh omitted that there was no corroboration from a supposed victim.[21] The New York Times corrected the omission after Democratic presidential candidates had used the story when advocating Kavanaugh's impeachment.[22]

In a November 2019 Fox News appearance, Hemingway purposely named the alleged whistleblower whose whistleblowing exposed the Trump-Ukraine scandal.[23]

In June 2020, she accused the media of fabricating reports that law enforcement used tear gas and excessive force against peaceful protestors to clear a path for Trump to stage a photo op in front of St. John's Church.[7] Law enforcement later acknowledged that it did in fact shoot pepper-based irritants into the crowd of peaceful protestors.[7]

Following 2021 United States Capitol attack, Hemingway disputed whether the attack was armed, claiming a "lack of actual arms that were used" despite evidence that offenders carried handguns[24] as well as other weapons including knives, bombs, and bear spray.[25] She has also disputed its status as an insurrection, tweeting “People who call the few-hour riot at the Capitol by unarmed protesters an ‘insurrection’ are bad people who are harming the country.”[26]


Hemingway (left) in 2019 promoting her book

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank criticized conservative panelists, including Hemingway, for concluding in a discussion that marriage is good for women.[27] Hemingway responded with her own column, "Dana Milbank Is Incoherent On Marriage". Hemingway wrote another column later that year criticizing Milbank, "Friends Don't Let Friends Read Dana Milbank".

In 2016, New York Times writer Ana Marie Cox characterized Hemingway as "no fan of Donald Trump", despite writing for conservative publication The Federalist. Cox characterized Hemingway as surprisingly open on issues of marriage and sexuality for a conservative Christian, saying she "sound[s] a little bit like a feminist in talking about sex..."[28]

Charlotte Hays of the Independent Women's Forum described her as "a lightning rod in the debates about feminism and religious liberty" and, "a big deal in conservative-leaning intellectual circles of the nation’s capital."[29]

Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine has said that Hemingway's work is becoming increasingly reactionary during the Trump era, adding that she has joined a cadre of conservatives whose "increasingly right-wing character has been mixed with a conviction that Democratic elections are inherently fraudulent, and that extra-legal processes can be justified as countermeasures".[30]


Hemingway has written three books,

  • Trump vs. the Media (Encounter Broadsides Book 51) (2017 Encounter Books) ISBN 1594039763[31]
  • Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court with Carrie Severino (2019 Regnery Publishing) ISBN 1621579832[32]
  • Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections (2021 Regnery Publishing) ISBN 168451259X,[33]

and has contributed to four other books, Dual Citizens: Politics and American Evangelicalism, The Seven Deadly Virtues: 18 Conservative Writers on Why the Virtuous Life is Funny as Hell, The Christmas Virtues: A Treasury of Conservative Tales for the Holidays, and Conservative Christmas Quotables, as well as authoring the pamphlet, Imprimis - September 2017 - Russian Collusion?.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Mollie Hemingway is married to Mark Hemingway.[35]

In film[edit]

In Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer, the reporter Mollie Mullaney is based on both Mollie Hemingway and Calkins Media columnist J.D. Mullane.[36]


  1. ^ Cox, Ana Marie (June 9, 2016). "Mollie Hemingway Hates How Feminists Talk About Sex". Retrieved February 20, 2019 – via
  2. ^ "Mollie Hemingway Moderates Panel Of Leading Conservative Women". The Federalist. March 28, 2018. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Fox News signs Federalist's Mollie Hemingway". The Hill. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Johnson, Eliana. "How Trump Blew Up the Conservative Media". POLITICO Magazine. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Roy Moore, the Federalist and the decay of the conservative mind". Salon. December 1, 2017. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  6. ^ Friedersdorf, Conor (February 13, 2018). "When Deplorability Is No Longer a Dealbreaker". The Atlantic. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Peters, Jeremy W. (August 3, 2020). "These Conservatives Have a Laser Focus: 'Owning the Libs'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  8. ^ a b c "Meet Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, scourge of lazy journalists". Rare. July 28, 2014. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  9. ^ Concha, Joe (March 27, 2017). "Fox News signs Federalist's Mollie Hemingway". The Hill.
  10. ^ The Federalist Staff (March 27, 2017). "Fox News Signs Mollie Hemingway As A Contributor". The Federalist.
  11. ^ "Mollie Hemingway, Author at The Federalist". The Federalist. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  12. ^ "Mollie Hemingway | Author | RealClearPolitics". Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  13. ^ "How the Right and Left Reacted to Comey's Firing". The New York Times. May 10, 2017. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  14. ^ "Why even Fox News didn't really defend Trump against Comey's testimony". Vox. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  15. ^ a b c "The Happy Martyrdom of Carter Page". The New York Times. February 6, 2018. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  16. ^ Samuelsohn, Darren; Cheney, Kyle; Bertrand, Natasha (April 23, 2019). "What you missed in the Mueller report". Politico. Arlington, VA.
  17. ^ Cohen, Marshall (June 14, 2019). "Explaining Republicans' claims about 'false information' in the Trump-Russia dossier". CNN.
  18. ^ Greenwood, Max (May 29, 2018). "Trump: I shouldn't be focusing on 'rigged Russia witch hunt'". TheHill. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  19. ^ Beauchamp, Zack (May 25, 2018). ""Spygate," the false allegation that the FBI had a spy in the Trump campaign, explained". Vox. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  20. ^ Gstalter, Morgan (November 30, 2018). "Fox News contributor: Mueller takes a 'very Stalinist-type approach' to justice". TheHill. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  21. ^ Mollie Hemingway (September 15, 2019). "Alleged Victim In New York Times Kavanaugh Story Denies Any Recollection Of Incident". The Federalist.
  22. ^ Gregg Re (September 16, 2019). "NYT updates Kavanaugh 'bombshell' to note accuser doesn't recall alleged assault". Fox News.
  23. ^ Baragona, Justin (November 10, 2019). "Fox News Contributor Causes Scene When She Names Alleged Whistleblower on Air". Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  24. ^ Lynch, Brad Heath, Sarah N. (January 15, 2021). "Arrested Capitol rioters had guns and bombs, everyday careers and Olympic medals". Reuters. Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  25. ^ Marshall Cohen, Eric Hall, Brianna Keilar and Catherine Valentine. "Guns, knives, bombs and bear spray: Here are the weapons Trump supporters brought to DC on the day of the Capitol attack". CNN. Retrieved June 9, 2021.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  26. ^ Hemingway, Mollie. "People who call the few-hour riot at the Capitol by unarmed protesters an 'insurrection' are bad people who are harming the country". Twitter. Retrieved July 7, 2021.
  27. ^ Milbank, Dana (March 31, 2014). "Dana Milbank: Conservatives to women: Lean back". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  28. ^ Cox, Ana Marie (June 9, 2016). "Mollie Hemingway Hates How Feminists Talk About Sex". Retrieved February 20, 2019 – via
  29. ^ Hays, Charlotte. "IWF – Portrait of a Modern Feminist: Mollie Hemingway". Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  30. ^ Chait, Jonathan. "IWF – If Trump Is Impeached or Defeated, Conservatives Will Call It a 'Coup'". Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  31. ^ "Trump vs. the Media (Encounter Broadsides Book 51)". Encounter Books. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  32. ^ "Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court". Regnery Publishing. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  33. ^ "Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections Kindle Edition". Regnery Publishing. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  34. ^ "By Mollie Hemingway". Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  35. ^ "About Mark Hemingway". Washington Examiner. Washington Examiner. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
  36. ^ Reporter in ‘Gosnell’ movie based on LCMS member Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, by Cheryl Magness and Jonathan Lange, National News, October 26, 2018

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