Mollie Hemingway

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Mollie Ziegler Hemingway
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Borncirca 1974
Alma materUniversity of Colorado
OccupationAuthor, columnist, political commentator
Spouse(s)Mark Hemingway

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway (born circa 1974[1]) is an American author, columnist and political commentator.[2] She is a senior editor at the online magazine The Federalist and a contributor for Fox News.[3] Her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, CNN, RealClearPolitics, and National Review.[4][5]

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 at the University of Colorado.[6]

Political commentary[edit]

Her first job in political commentating was at the weekly trade magazine Radio and Records, which she described as, "an answer-the-phone and get-coffee kind of job, you know, take the faxes off the fax machine type of thing".[6] In 2002, she moved to Gannett Publishing, where she worked at the Federal Times. She describes how her work there helped her shape her political views,[citation needed] writing about big government and its "waste, fraud and mismanagement".[6]

Ziegler married Mark Hemingway, a senior writer for The Weekly Standard who also worked as a freelance writer, contributing to many publications including the Wall Street Journal, National Review, and Ricochet, particularly writing about religion-related topics, and who was one of the founding members of The Federalist.[6] On March 26, 2017, it was announced that Fox News had signed her as a contributor.[7][8]

Her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, CNN, RealClearPolitics, and National Review.[9][5]


Politico described Hemingway as "a reliably pro-Trump commentator",[10] while Salon called her The Federalist's "most reliable Trump defender".[11] Hemingway herself, meanwhile, writing in the Washington Post, says of her own view of Trump:

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 wrote that Carter Page, a former Trump campaign advisor who had been subject 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 May 2018, Hemingway claimed that the theory that FBI spied on Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and said that this was "unprecedented and scandalous".[16][dubious ] Hemingway's claims were retweeted by President Trump.[16] Vox countered Hemingway, 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..."[17]

In November 2018, Hemingway described Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as "very Stalinist-type approach to criminal justice".[18]

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.[19] The New York Times corrected the omission after Democrat presidential candidates had used the story when advocating Kavanaugh's impeachment.[20]

In a November 2019 Fox News appearance, Hemingway purposely named the alleged whistleblower whose whistleblowing exposed the Trump-Ukraine scandal.[21]


Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank criticized conservative panelists, including Hemingway, for concluding in a discussion that marriage is good for women.[22] 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..." [23]

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."[24]

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." [25]


  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. ^ "Mollie Hemingway, Author at The Federalist". The Federalist. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Mollie Hemingway | Author | RealClearPolitics". Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d "Meet Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, scourge of lazy journalists". Rare. July 28, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  7. ^ Concha, Joe (March 27, 2017). "Fox News signs Federalist's Mollie Hemingway". The Hill.
  8. ^ The Federalist Staff (March 27, 2017). "Fox News Signs Mollie Hemingway As A Contributor". The Federalist.
  9. ^ "Mollie Hemingway, Author at The Federalist". The Federalist. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  10. ^ "How Trump Blew Up the Conservative Media". POLITICO Magazine. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  11. ^ Sheffield, Matthew. "Roy Moore, the Federalist and the decay of the conservative mind". Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "Opinion | I wasn't a Trump supporter. I am now". Washington Post. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  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. ^ a b Greenwood, Max (May 29, 2018). "Trump: I shouldn't be focusing on 'rigged Russia witch hunt'". TheHill. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ Gstalter, Morgan (November 30, 2018). "Fox News contributor: Mueller takes a 'very Stalinist-type approach' to justice". TheHill. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  19. ^ Mollie Hemingway (September 15, 2019). "Alleged Victim In New York Times Kavanaugh Story Denies Any Recollection Of Incident". The Federalist.
  20. ^ Gregg Re (September 16, 2019). "NYT updates Kavanaugh 'bombshell' to note accuser doesn't recall alleged assault". Fox News.
  21. ^ Baragona, Justin (November 10, 2019). "Fox News Contributor Causes Scene When She Names Alleged Whistleblower on Air". Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  22. ^ Milbank, Dana (March 31, 2014). "Dana Milbank: Conservatives to women: Lean back". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  23. ^ Cox, Ana Marie (June 9, 2016). "Mollie Hemingway Hates How Feminists Talk About Sex". Retrieved February 20, 2019 – via
  24. ^ Hays, Charlotte. "IWF – Portrait of a Modern Feminist: Mollie Hemingway". Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  25. ^ Chait, Jonathan. "IWF – If Trump Is Impeached or Defeated, Conservatives Will Call It a 'Coup'". Retrieved October 30, 2019.

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