The Federalist Staff’s 2022 Winners And Losers Of The Year

News stories come and go every year, but what we remember are the people at the center of them. The Federalist staff has a few of those people in mind, for better or worse, who stood out in 2022. Here are our picks for the winners and losers of 2022.

Jordan Boyd

Winner: Detransitioners

Detransitioners are the biggest winners of 2022 for drawing attention to the irreversible damage and harm that radical transgender ideology has had on unsuspecting parents and children.

If it weren’t for the humility and boldness of young women like Helena, Cat, and Grace, and others who underwent various forms of mutilation, there wouldn’t be public awareness or legislation to protect children from unnecessary hysterectomies, mastectomies, and maiming.

Detransitioners’ journeys were not without physical and mental pain, but their experiences have made them some of the most important warriors for combatting the disfigurement and sterilization of young children that is being normalized by schools and top government officials.

Loser: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell started the year poorly and ended it even worse when he threw Republicans’ chance at controlling the Senate so he wouldn’t be replaced as leader.

McConnell spent months badmouthing his own party’s politicians because they were endorsed by the former president. After several of his preferred candidates lost in the primaries, McConnell opted to pull millions in funding from battleground states such as Arizona in favor of propping up his friends in states like Alaska.

McConnell failed to stop Biden’s radical judges from taking the bench, betrayed GOP constituents by joining Democrats’ gun control legislation, was slow to condemn the FBI’s political raid on Trump, did nothing to stop his congressional allies from trampling on religious Americans’ First Amendment rights, and, most recently, pledged to join Democrats’ inflationary spending plan before newly elected Republicans have a chance to review it. He has also been a staunch supporter of apparently limitless U.S. taxpayer funding for a proxy war with Russia over Ukraine.

For his failures, McConnell faced backlash from other Republican leadership. If that backlash is any indication of the GOP’s future, McConnell’s days as the face of Senate Republicans are numbered.

Joy Pullmann

Winner: Unborn Babies

Pro-life activism was my entree to politics as a teen heartbroken to learn what abortion does and the moral implications of its widespread legality in the United States. When I later became a mother, I better understood both the temptation to kill an inconvenient innocent life and the visceral terror of contemplating such a brutal act against the female body and the miracles it can hold. I never anticipated I’d see the end of Roe v. Wade. But I did; we all did.

The fall of Roe was an indescribable moment. We lived through the end of an anti-Constitution, anti-human court ruling at least as morally evil as chattel slavery. A great moral stain on our nation’s character has begun to be erased.

Everyone knows there is much more work to be done, as government-sanctioned mass murder is still widely legal in the United States. But now we can finally undertake that righteous work.

We can thank the court majority that ended Roe for their bravery and the president and Senate who appointed and confirmed that majority, and pray it’s not the last courageous decision they all make as our Constitution continues to be erased in other ways, including by some of the very same people. The historic end of Roe in our lifetimes is a reminder to never, ever surrender or despair.

Loser: FBI

The December release of the “Twitter Files” capped off a horrible seven years for the patently corrupt FBI and its intelligence agency compadres. Beginning with the unraveling of the Spygate hoax and intensifying steadily through this midterm election year, the FBI’s grossest abuses of power are surely still yet to be revealed.

But what we know so far is quite enough to demand that Congress stop these rogue spy agencies from continuing to use their huge budgets, hatred of the Constitution, and “national security” pretenses to rig U.S. elections and punish opposition candidates like they run some kind of domestic surveillance state. Without swift justice for the many government agents who think they have a right to decide what Americans can say and know about political candidates and when, it’s fair to say we’re a republic no more.

Tristan Justice

Winner: Ron DeSantis

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis brought the red wave to Florida that failed to materialize beyond the east coast. In November, DeSantis captured a second four-year term by a nearly 20-point margin after he barely won his first race for the governor’s mansion by less than half a percent in 2018.

Not only did DeSantis handily win another term as Florida’s chief executive, his coattails also helped Republicans reclaim the lower chamber on Capitol Hill. Florida Republicans picked up a trio of House seats allowing the GOP to land a 222-seat majority over Democrats’ 213.

DeSantis may or may not run for president, but he could launch a competitive campaign if he chooses. An effective governor who illustrated competent leadership amid Hurricane Ian and a conservative culture warrior whose migrant flights to Martha’s Vineyard strengthened his stardom in the Republican Party, DeSantis might be the one to beat in a GOP primary.

Fresh off a triumphant midterm cycle, DeSantis became the first Republican to lead over Donald Trump in a presidential primary poll since Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in February of 2016.

Loser: Wyoming Democrats

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney will leave Congress next year after being the first Democrat to hold the at-large House seat since 1978. While she was elected as a Republican for three consecutive terms since 2016, her work spearheading the Democrats’ Select Committee on Jan. 6 made clear which party she belonged. The Wyoming GOP voted last year to no longer recognize Cheney as a Republican.

In the August Republican primary, Cheney lost her House seat by a humiliating 37 points to attorney Harriet Hageman. Had Democrat voters not changed party registration to back Cheney in the Republican contest, however, Cheney’s margin of defeat would have been far wider. Despite plans to harness her role on the Jan. 6 Committee as a springboard for the presidency, Democrats have already begun to sour on “Cheney 2024.” They might have helped her blunt a loss in Wyoming, but they won’t put her in the White House.

Shawn Fleetwood

Winner: American Restorationists

While the 2022 midterm elections didn’t turn out as conservatives had hoped, they did provide clarity regarding the state of the country. In spite of skyrocketing inflation, high-energy costs, a wide-open southern border, and an increasing threat of nuclear war, there is a large segment of Americans perfectly comfortable with being subservient to suffering brought about by leftism.

While tragic on its face, this confirmation is actually why American restorationists seeking to salvage what’s left of the republic are one of the biggest winners of 2022. The elections didn’t just provide a roadmap of which localities are worth fighting for; they also revealed the level of malevolence American society is up against.

Using this knowledge to fortify “red” communities and flip “purple” ones is the way forward. Whether it gets put to good use will be answered in 2023.

Winner: Clarence Thomas

Aside from being a wonderful human being who lays wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has a lot to celebrate this year.

During the high court’s 2021-2022 term, Thomas authored the majority opinion in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, which struck down New York’s unconstitutional gun control law and reaffirmed Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms. Within the same term, Thomas was also one of the five justices in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization who was instrumental in sentencing Roe v. Wade to the dustbin of history.

The man doesn’t just deserve to celebrate his incredible service to the country heading into the new year, but our gratitude as well.

Loser: Covid Jab Manufacturers

While they may not prevent you from getting or spreading SARS-CoV-2, the Covid jabs do come with some pretty serious risks.

Earlier this year, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo released a study documenting “an 84% increase in the relative incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 years old within 28 days following mRNA vaccination.” The Food and Drug Administration also admitted in a recently published study there’s an increased risk of developing blood clots among people over the age of 65 who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech shot.

Given the reported adverse side effects, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has since requested a grand jury be impaneled to “investigate any and all wrongdoing” by the shots’ manufacturers. Let’s hope 2023 brings some accountability to these companies, who’ve lied to us about the safety and efficacy of these jabs for the past two years.

Emily Jashinsky

Winner: ‘Top Gun Maverick

It’s impossible to overstate the success of “Top Gun Maverick,” which sent Hollywood a much-needed reminder that American moviegoers of all stripes can be won over with a simple formula: high-octane patriotism that seeks to entertain more than it seeks to pander.

Amid the decline of American monoculture and lingering lockdown malaise, the long-awaited sequel shocked Hollywood into a reckoning by shattering box office records to become the fifth-highest-grossing movie ever. It’s worth also mentioning the film caved to backlash over its earlier decision to censor on China’s behalf, serving as one part of a broader shift in momentum away from the Middle Kingdom for practical and financial reasons.

Loser: American Teenagers

The Biden administration, and political establishment at large, spent another year mostly ignoring the neurological threats posed by social media and screen time, giving a pass to TikTok and other platforms on this particular front. Tough talk about antitrust is good and will help people unplug, but it’s the preferred political solution for a reason.

D.C.’s focus on monopolies allows tech companies to continue preying on developing brains, business as usual, by seeking to maximize users’ screen time with psychological tactics borrowed from casinos. It’s an urgent crisis, but continues to play second fiddle in the policy debate.

Madeline Osburn

Winner: Fauci’s Beagles

In 2021, a watchdog group exposed that Anthony Fauci’s NIAID was spending $424,455 in taxpayer funds on experiments that infested beagles with parasite-carrying flies before euthanizing them. The beagles were reportedly “vocalizing in pain” during the experiment and essentially “eaten alive.”

In 2022, Fauci let the dogs out. Of course, it was not out of his benevolence but only shortly after subsequent reporting this year found that not only had NIAID spent “$2.5 million in taxpayer funds on a study that injected beagle puppies with cocaine” but they had plans to spend $1.8 million more on giving puppies experimental hay fever drugs. Only after Sen. Joni Ernst sent NIAID a letter requesting details on the slated experiments did Fauci respond saying the beagle experiments would be canceled and researchers would only be using rodents going forward.

Coincidentally, just a few weeks after Fauci canceled the experiments, a breeding facility in Virginia that bred and sold dogs specifically for research purposes was shuttered after beagles had been found “underfed, ill, injured and, in some cases, dead.” 4,000 beagles were rescued from the facility and put up for adoption.

Loser: America’s Children

Is your toddler running a fever? Sorry, there is no children’s Tylenol at your CVS, Walgreens, local grocer, or Amazon. Since late summer, hospitals and doctors have been overwhelmed with what has been deemed a “tripledemic,” – spikes in cases of RSV, flu, and Covid-19 that rival some of the worst cold and flu seasons on record. Doctors calling for Biden to declare a national emergency have gone unanswered and parents searching online for where to find acetaminophen will only find “alternative” suggestions like dressing your child in light clothing and giving her popsicles.

Is your baby hungry? Sorry, there is still no infant formula on the shelves either, despite the supply chain issues allegedly being solved months ago. The shortage began in early 2022, but even as recently as mid-November, 34 percent of parents in households with infants had trouble finding formula, U.S. census data show.

Is your child struggling in school? Sorry, the lockdown-induced learning loss is likely to follow them for the rest of their life. Not only did this year’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) testing results show drastic learning loss, but additional reports predict children attending public school during the pandemic will see a 1.6 percent decline in lifetime earnings – which adds up to a nationwide loss of income of $900 billion.

If it wasn’t clear before, 2022 was the year it we cemented that America puts children’s needs last.

Samuel Mangold-Lenett

Winner: Carhartt

Sure, a lot of the coastal curmudgeons who can be seen donning the heartland’s favorite outerwear brand do so ironically in an act of cultural appropriation, but that’s beside the point. Carhartt’s footprint can be seen everywhere, and the company is choosing to reinvest in the rustbelt. In late December, the company announced that it would be expanding its production efforts in its home state of Michigan (with the help of considerable tax subsidies) and would create more than 100 new jobs that pay $43 an hour.

Sure, it was made possible through massive tax subsidies, but at a time of systemic economic shrinkage, it’s impressive that the company chose to stay at all. They could make a lot more money manufacturing beanies and jackets in India or Mexico than in Michigan.

Carhartt should be considered a winner not just because embody the everyday American’s commitment to sticking things out no matter how bad things are getting (and things are getting very, very bad) but because they are sticking it out. We might not have corporate cronyism to keep us warm during the winter, but at least we can have Carhartt jackets to keep us comfortable when the power grid fails and gas costs $6 a gallon.

Losers: Conservatives Who Continue To Worship Celebrity

How many times are conservatives going to give full-throated endorsements and passionate defenses of celebrities who express support for one or two of our policy proposals just days before they threaten to go “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE [sic]”? I refer, of course, to Kanye (now “Ye”) West.

The default position should be to assume that celebrities are dangerous people who want to hollow out our civilization of truth and beauty like cultural strip miners. Generally speaking, they are, and treating them like this will save us the humiliation of affiliating ourselves with them when they inevitably go off the rails and try to rehabilitate Adolf Hitler’s image.

Elle Purnell

Winner: Newlyweds

After a Covid shutdown-induced lull, 2022 has seen roughly 2.6 million couples get married, which The Wall Street Journal reports is “roughly 600,000 more than in prepandemic years.” On average, married people end up healthier, happier, and wealthier than their unmarried peers.

“Compared to Americans who are unmarried, married Americans are more likely to report that they have a satisfying social life and a larger group of close friends, reported the American National Family Life Survey. “They also say they are more satisfied with their personal health than their single peers do.”

[Related: Where To Start If You Want To Get Married But Don’t Know How]

The U.S. divorce rate hit a 50-year low in 2019, although part of that change reflects a lower proportion of marriages over the years. While the annual marriage rate will likely return to lower levels as the Covid era fades into the background, in a society where fewer Americans have chosen to commit to marriages in recent decades, the spike in marriages in 2022 is good news for those millions of newlyweds and for society as a whole.

Loser: Disney

The money-sucking entertainment giant messed with the wrong two figures in 2022: parents and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Early this year, Disney fought against a popular Florida law that barred teaching on “sexual orientation and gender identity” in kindergarten through third grade.

Then, in March, Disney employees and executives openly bragged in clips leaked by journalist Chris Rufo about grooming children with their sexual agendas. One boasted about her “not-at-all-secret gay agenda” and efforts at “adding queerness to” children’s programming, while others admitted their own plans to force their sexual views on the eyes and ears of young children.

Many Americans — including the parents who Disney depends on to shell out exorbitant amounts of money — were disgusted. One Trafalgar poll in April found that more than two-thirds of Americans were less likely to patronize Disney as a result. Disney movies like “Lightyear” have sputtered at the box office. The Florida legislature responded to Disney’s attempts to sexualize children by stripping the company of its special tax privileges, and last month Disney reported lower-than-expected revenue and fired its CEO.

John Davidson

Winner: Moloch/Baal

The global luxury fashion brand Balenciaga was forced to pull two major ad campaigns amid well-deserved outrage over ads that seemed to promote the sexualization of children. One ad campaign featured young children posing with teddy bears dressed in bondage and sexual fetish gear, surrounded by wine glasses and leather collars in a bedroom setting.

The other campaign featured a woman at a desk covered in papers, some of which were court documents from a 2008 Supreme Court ruling on a law that banned the pandering of child pornography. The scandal might have hurt Balenciaga in the short term, but it showed that the fashion brand’s demonic masters are doing quite well, having conquered the heights of luxury fashion and made slaves of the perverted celebrity elite.

Loser: Also Moloch/Baal

Because we are now in Christmastide, which runs from Christmas Eve to Epiphany (on Jan. 6), it’s a good time to remember that for as much as it might seem like Moloch/Baal and all of Satan’s demonic horde are “winning” here on earth, they have in fact already been defeated utterly by the coming of Jesus Christ, by his victory on the cross, and the establishment of His kingdom, world without end. That of course doesn’t mean that we don’t still have to fight, and Christmas is the perfect time to remember that we must.

As G.K. Chesterton noted in “The Everlasting Man,” one of the essential elements in the drama of Bethlehem is the presence of King Herod as the Enemy of Christ, the pagan king, who, confronted with the coming of the True King, appealed in desperation to the old gods, to Moloch and Baal, and ordered the slaughter the innocents in a doomed hope that he might cling to power. “Unless we understand the presence of that enemy,” writes Chesterton, “we shall not only miss the point of Christianity, but even miss the point of Christmas.”

It’s worth quoting Chesterton at length on this point, that while Herod’s men searched the countryside, the Creator of the world was born in a cavern, as it were under the world:

“By the very nature of the story the rejoicings in the cavern were rejoicings in a fortress or an outlaw’s den; properly understood it is not unduly flippant to say they were rejoicings in a dug-out. It is not only true that such a subterranean chamber was a hiding-place from enemies; and that the enemies were already scouring the stony plain that lay above it like a sky. It is not only that the very horse-hoofs of Herod might in that sense have passed like thunder over the sunken head of Christ. It is also that there is in that image a true idea of an outpost, of a piercing through the rock and an entrance into an enemy territory. There is in this buried divinity an idea of undermining the world; of shaking the towers and palaces from below; even as Herod the great king felt that earthquake under him and swayed with his swaying palace.”

Victoria Marshall

Winner: BeReal

In an era where most social media platforms (besides Chinese Communist Party-controlled TikTok) have lost their luster – and are, frankly, boring – a new Instagram alternative has thrown its hat in the ring.

Paris-based BeReal was founded in 2020, but really came to prominence this past spring. By April of this year, the app had been downloaded approximately 7.41 million times.

While BeReal is still set up like your traditional social networking app — users scroll through a feed of their friends’ pictures and post their own — there’s a twist. Every day, BeReal sends a notification at an unpredictable time telling users they have two minutes to post a picture (taken with the front and back-facing camera on their phones) before they risk being late and therefore not “being real” for their friends. Friends may comment or react to your photos with selfies of their own. But all these photos and reactions disappear the next day and the cycle repeats.

Simply put: BeReal is a low-stakes game you conduct with your friends. The pressure to curate the perfect Instagram aesthetic or viral TikTok is gone. Instead, it’s pure, unadulterated fun reacting and responding to what your friends are actually doing. Such a formula resonates with users sick of consumeristic, one-dimensional influencer culture that predominates across social networking apps.

Loser: Instagram

Instagram is currently experiencing the same downward trajectory and identity crisis Facebook dealt with in the 2010s (and never recovered from).

A 2021 survey from finance firm Piper Sandler found that only 22 percent of teenagers said Instagram was their favorite social networking platform (TikTok, of course, came out on top), down from 33 percent of teenagers who claimed it was their favorite app back in 2015. But Instagram’s growing irrelevance is entirely of its own making. The company’s decision to pump more content from users you don’t follow into your feed a lá TikTok is incredibly unpopular, as was its decision to switch from a chronological feed to an algorithm (not to mention its introduction of recommended posts and in-feed shopping).

In essence, Instagram’s push to resemble its competitors has made it lose its identity. Gone are the days of users posting random photos with grainy filters and pithy captions to their small group of close friends. But that formula is what got Instagram to where it is today, and until it realizes this and reverts back (i.e., providing a platform for people to see and be seen by their friends), it will continue its descent toward irrelevance.

Kylee Griswold

Winner: Covid ‘Conspiracy Theorists’

Yesterday’s “misinformation” is today’s conventional wisdom, and all those Covid dissenters who were smeared as conspiracy theorists and grandma killers for doubting the Faucian gospel rose to victory as 2022’s real winners.

So-called experts finally admitted cloth masks were nothing more than pure political theater. The lab leak theory went from tinfoil-hat status to the most probable scenario. And with vaccinated Americans still getting and spreading Covid, no end in sight to ‘rona boosters, and more and more of the vaxxed public reporting heart inflammation and other apparent jab injuries, free-thinking Americans who refused to swallow the left’s Covid propaganda came out on top (though the media and Mr. Science himself will never admit it).

It took too many years to be vindicated, but principled Americans who defied unelected bureacrats’ unlawful mask mandates and refused to inject themselves with an experimental vaccine were right to do so — despite personal and professional cost. Here’s hoping 2023 will be a year of restitution.

Loser: All Things CNN

It’s hard to pick one loser at CNN because the network had a merry band of them this year.

Don Lemon got booted from his primetime slot but pretended it was a promotion. And after three decades of CNN airing its media show, “Reliable Sources” host Brain Stelter sank the ship and was ousted from the network. It turns out there isn’t much of an audience for a bona fide potato-head hyperventilating about whatever’s happening at Fox News.

Speaking of Fox News, last Christmas its then-Sunday host Chris Wallace — known among other things for falling for the Kavanaugh smear campaign and giving one of the most embarrassing presidential debate moderator performances in history — abruptly hopped over to CNN to be part of CNN Plus. Womp, womp… the 350-employee, $100 million streaming venture crashed and burned in April after just one month.


In New FDRLST/Susquehanna Poll, Voters Affirm Dobbs, Oppose Big Tech Censorship

Voters support the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson decision, oppose Big Tech censorship, and are skeptical of claims that the FBI isn’t corrupted by partisanship, a new poll from The Federalist and Susquehanna Polling & Research shows.

When asked who should set nationwide abortion laws, 48 percent of voters agreed that Americans and their elected state representatives should be able to determine their state’s abortion laws, something the Supreme Court finally allowed in Dobbs after it had previously been prohibited under Roe v. Wade. The poll found that just 26 percent of voters said determining abortion law is the Supreme Court’s job.

Similarly, when asked what they thought of Big Tech companies such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google censoring news stories and preventing users from sharing articles and information related to the upcoming election in November, 66 percent of voters said they disapproved. While 24 percent of voters said they approved of this kind of online silencing, nearly half of registered Democrats, 47 percent, and an overwhelming 85 percent of Republicans said they disapproved of Big Tech’s election-related censorship.

Since the FBI’s presence in the public eye has increased over the last few months, a plurality of voters, 43 percent, said they believe the FBI pushes a political agenda when conducting affairs, raids, and investigations. On the other hand, 42 percent of respondents said they have confidence the FBI acts without partisan influence.

In addition to skepticism of Big Tech and the FBI, a majority of voters, 77 percent, overwhelmingly said that they don’t trust corporate news media to tell them the truth. Majorities of both Republicans, 93 percent, and Democrats, 59 percent, said they believe the media misrepresents the facts to push a political agenda.

When it comes to the nearly $70 billion the U.S. funneled to Ukraine in the last year, a plurality of voters, 47 percent, say that the federal government has spent too much taxpayer money on the war in Eastern Europe. Broken down by party, a majority of Republicans, 57 percent, and 37 percent of Democrats said Ukraine received too much money from the United States. Only 2 percent of respondents said that spending on Ukraine amounted to “too little money.”

Not only is Ukraine spending unpopular in voters’ eyes, but so is the GOP’s Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. According to poll results, only 11 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of McConnell just one month ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. A majority, 60 percent, say their perception of McConnell is largely unfavorable.

As for President Joe Biden’s personal favorability ratings, the poll found that 45 percent of voters approve of the job Biden is doing as president while 49 percent say they disapprove. Regardless of their personal interpretation of Biden’s track record, voters decisively disapprove of how Biden has handled key issues such as inflation (52 percent), gas prices (51 percent), immigration (49 percent), and crime (47 percent).

In general, 65 percent of voters say the economy has worsened in the last six months. An even higher number of voters, 88 percent, say that, contrary to the president’s claims, the U.S. is likely already in a recession.

When asked which party they would vote with if midterm congressional elections were held today, voters were split between Republicans, 48 percent, and Democrats, 48 percent.

Full crosstabs of the poll results can be found here.

Crosstabs – Federalist/Susq… by The Federalist

Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.


Twitter Locks Out Federalist Editor For Stating Truth About Rachel Levine

Twitter Locks Out Federalist Editor For Stating Truth About Rachel Levine

Federalist Senior Editor John Daniel Davidson was locked out of his Twitter account on Saturday for stating the fact that Biden administration official Rachel Levine is a man.

The moment came following a Friday tweet from Davidson on the growing Big Tech censorship of “everyone who dissents from their ideology.” In it, he correctly referred to Levine, who falsely claims to be a woman, as a male.

“They’re not even trying to hide it anymore,” wrote Davidson. “If you say that Rachel Levine is a man, they will come after you. Doesn’t matter that Levine is in fact a man. Truth is no defense.”

Less than 24 hours after Davidson posted this, Big Tech censors at Twitter removed the tweet from being viewed by the public and locked Davidson out of his account, claiming it “violated the Twitter Rules” and that he would “be able to unlock [his] account” within 12 hours.

“Note: you may need to complete some additional tasks to resume using Twitter,” the message said.

The social media platform sent an additional message to Davidson on Sunday, telling the Federalist senior editor that, to have his account restored, he would have to “acknowledge that [his] tweet violated the Twitter Rules” and delete it. Davidson says that he has no intention of deleting the post.

Davidson’s Twitter lockout comes days after a major crackdown on Federalist content by Twitter, with the social media company recently diverting users who click on Federalist articles “to a landing page warning that links ‘may be unsafe.’”

The actions were reversed following an inquiry by The Federalist, with a Twitter spokesperson claiming “the URLs referenced were mistakenly marked under our unsafe links policy

Other notable figures recently suspended for making factual statements about sex include Kyle Mann and Adam Ford of The Babylon Bee, as well as Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Shawn Fleetwood is an intern at The Federalist and a senior at the University of Mary Washington. He also serves as a state content writer for Convention of States Action and his work has been featured in numerous outlets, including RealClearPolitics, RealClearHealth, and Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood


While Everyone Else Panicked Two Years Ago, The Federalist Was Right About Lockdowns Doing More Harm Than Good

While Everyone Else Panicked Two Years Ago, The Federalist Was Right About Lockdowns Doing More Harm Than Good

None of us two years ago knew exactly how unprecedented lockdowns adamantly advised by the world’s most credentialed people and top politicians would change history. But some of us knew these “experts” generally didn’t deserve to be believed. Only two years later, we’ve been vindicated, and it’s likely we’ll continue to be vindicated as the evil effects of lockdowns continue to pound Americans and the world with suffering.

On March 19, 2020, California became the first U.S. state to implement mass lockdowns, upon the advice of President Trump’s Covid advisor, Dr. Deborah Birx. That same day, as fear became a social contagion more potent than even Covid-19, The Federalist published an article I wrote titled, “Will The Costs Of A Great Depression Outweigh The Risks Of Coronavirus?

Two years later, we know now that Birx — and everyone who listened to her — was completely wrong, and The Federalist was completely right. Here’s part of what I wrote at the time, with limited reliable information available:

We’re acting as if coronavirus is for sure going to amount to the worst-case scenario without knowing that is true. If we all do shelter in place for the next year and a half while politicians pass the equivalent of the Obama-Bush stimulus that suffocated the economy 12 years ago, the ‘experts’ will insist the nation’s long-term ability to provide for itself was required to save millions of lives. There will be no way to prove them wrong, even if they are.

It seems a fool’s errand to pre-emptively and indefinitely risk everyone’s livelihoods without hard information about what is happening and a risk assessment that includes the serious dangers of killing the U.S. economy, not what computers project will happen with lots of missing, unreliable, and rapidly changing information.

I also pointed out that the data available at the same time lockdowns were rolling across the United States and world showed that those with severe pre-existing diseases and the very elderly were the most vulnerable to Covid cases, while children appeared to be at very little risk. That has persisted. It means the data was available to support a decision not to lock down from the very beginning, and nearly no politician heeded it.

“Would it be more prudent to severely shelter those at risk while the rest of us keep the country going?” I asked on March 19, 2020. “We can take steps like this while not choosing to crush small businesses and employees who cannot telework for one or two months, let alone 18.”

Unlike the hysteria-mongering “experts” and the politicians who listened to them, my common-sense assessment holds up two years later, with lots more information available (and lots more apparently being withheld by the Centers for Disease Control and other federal agencies, which should tell you something). There is now overwhelming evidence that lockdowns caused more global death and suffering than the competing proposal of focused protection for the vulnerable would have.

A June 2021 study by world-renowned scientists across 43 countries, for example, found that lockdown length and strength were correlated with excess deaths, often due to delayed or missed medical care. A January 2021 study also by world-class scientists found that lockdowns did not reduce Covid deaths.

Besides their at best negligible effect at reducing Covid hospitalizations and deaths, lockdowns caused additional and completely unnecessary deaths from delayed or foregone medical care, as well as through starvation due to drastically increased world poverty. According to also-vindicated legitimate experts like Dr. Martin Kulldorff, lockdowns may have also caused additional Covid deaths due to prolonging the outbreak. In short, lockdowns cost lives, while at best saving none.

Various studies estimate lockdowns will have caused millions more malaria and tuberculosis deaths, as well as untold increases in cancer severity and deaths, hundreds of thousands more AIDS deaths, and likely millions more starvation deaths and children living hungry long-term. One study in The Lancet estimated up to 2.3 million additional deaths of children globally per year from lockdowns.

Politicians lied, children died. According to “the science,” that is not hyperbole.

Not only did lockdowns cost lives while likely not reducing Covid deaths, they also caused incalculable suffering from personal costs, such as the loss of friends, strained family relationships, and the inability to hold grandma’s hand while she died or one’s wife’s hand while she gave birth.

While my husband was mercifully allowed to attend the birth of our youngest child in May 2020, we were initially told he wouldn’t be. That atop threats to his job and us both forced into working from home with a horde of de-schooled small children made the last months of that pregnancy almost unbearably anxious.

I almost had a nervous breakdown on the phone once with my midwife. It was traumatizing. It destroyed the trust between me and my birth team that is often crucial for a healthy birth. As history often goes, the people who did this to us all have only as a class gained power, funding, and prestige upon the wreckage they made of millions, billions of human lives.

So how did I, a random journalist from the Midwest with zero scientific credentials, make a more prudent guess about public policy than most highly-placed advisors with Phds and long careers in fields such as statistics and public health? I suspect it’s my aversion to groupthink.

Here at The Federalist, every single day we focus on epidemics, not of physical health, but of information warfare. My Federalist-trained news sense, not to mention my flyover-country common sense and homeschool upbringing’s liberation from peer conditioning, were all blaring category five alarms over the ruling class’s wild and apparently unopposed rush into lockdowns.

Stampede in one stage-managed direction at the alarmist demands of “experts” who repeatedly failed upwards? Check. Demands to do something (shut down all of society indefinitely) that utterly defies common sense and has never before been attempted? Check. Wild and unverifiable claims of catastrophic consequences for not supporting the stampede? Check. Massive social pressure against anyone who raises valid objections or even questions? Check.

(By the way, anyone paying attention is noticing right about now that all these factors are operative right now in the direction of getting the United States to go to war with Russia ostensibly on behalf of Ukraine. That’s what it is currently. It will be something else in a few weeks at most, unless the push to enlarge the war succeeds in dragging out this hysteria longer.)

Covid might have been deemed essentially “over” because perpetuating the overweening fear of it is no longer stampeding Americans in the direction the ruling class wants them to go. But the factors that accelerated our nation and the world’s loss of its everloving mind haven’t gone away. If anything, they have intensified. The organs of censorship and repression are only stronger in the wake of the Covid craze.

Don’t think Communist China, the non-stupid members of the American ruling class, and all their fellow travelers won’t hesitate to do it again. Surely, they already are. As long as this dangerous spiral continues, The Federalist will provide sense and insight to anyone who wants to observe the people behind the curtains and their true motivations instead of the show they’re putting on to keep us distracted.


Twitter Is Censoring Federalist Reporting As ‘Violent Content’

Twitter Is Censoring Federalist Reporting As ‘Violent Content’

Twitter started censoring posts from The Federalist on Wednesday, diverting users who click on Federalist content to a landing page warning that links “may be unsafe.”

“The link you are trying to access has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially spammy or unsafe,” Twitter’s warning reads with a caution to users that the content could be “violent or misleading.”

Twitter did not immediately respond to The Federalist’s inquiries about why article posts are being throttled, nor has it provided any warnings or explanations.

The episode follows Twitter’s crackdown on The Babylon Bee, whereby it froze the satirical website’s account along with several of the publication’s staff for posts rejecting the leftist orthodoxy on sex. In order to reclaim its account and avoid a permanent suspension, the paper is required to delete the offending post, which featured an article headlined “The Babylon Bee’s Man of the Year is Rachel Levine.” The article mocks USA Today for naming Levine, President Joe Biden’s transgender-identified U.S. assistant secretary of health, as one of its 2022 women of the year.

Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon, however, pledged in a separate post that “we’re not deleting anything.”

A post from Fox News’s Tucker Carlson in support of the Bee was also stripped from the website.

Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at


Left-Wing Rating Agency Grades Media That Botched Hunter Biden Story With 100 Percent Credibility

Left-Wing Rating Agency Grades Media That Botched Hunter Biden Story With 100 Percent Credibility

News groups dedicated to discrediting misinformation have a history of amplifying misinformation. On Wednesday, The New York Times conceded the authenticity of a laptop abandoned by Hunter Biden whose content was found and published in October 2020 then censored as “fake news.”

The computer’s files, first obtained by the New York Post after the laptop was abandoned at a Delaware repair shop, exposed new layers of family corruption as then-former Vice President Joe Biden ran for the White House, with mere weeks to election day.

“Emails,” the Times wrote on a story related to Hunter Biden’s federal tax investigation, “were obtained by The New York Times from a cache of files that appears to have come from a laptop abandoned by Mr. Biden.”

Had the same statement been made in October 2020, and by a right-leaning news outlet, the Times’ article would have been suppressed across Twitter and Facebook and its Twitter account suspended while rival outlets smeared the paper and any other publication as parroting Russian disinformation. That’s exactly what happened to the New York Post when it revealed Joe Biden had been lying when he denied ever discussing business with his son, “or with anyone else.” Another story revealed Joe Biden stood to personally profit from his son’s potentially criminal overseas business ventures.

The state-funded editors of National Propaganda Radio (NPR) announced days after the first trove of stories from the laptop were published that the government news operation would continue to ignore the blockbuster revelations.

“We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories,” NPR editors wrote.

Jake Sherman, a Politico writer at the time, apologized for even tweeting the story from the New York Post.

Politico then claimed nearly a year later in September to break a major scoop by confirming the authenticity of the Hunter Biden laptop, after it published dozens of former intelligence officials claiming the computer was likely an operation of Russian disinformation.

In a hostile interview with “60 Minutes” days before the election, CBS’s Lesley Stahl categorically rejected the emails put the Biden family under any scandal at all.

“It can’t be verified,” she said of the laptop. “It can’t be verified.”

Never mind that a forensic analysis of the hard drive days later would verify the laptop.

What’s changed in the 18 months since? Joe Biden is now in office. There was never any significant evidence to suggest the laptop was anything but authentic. On the contrary, rare on-the-record statements from the FBI, the Department of Justice, the Department of National Intelligence, and the Department of State refuted the assertion Hunter Biden’s hard drive was a fabricated artifact of Russian interference.

NewsGuard is a “fact checking” partner that works to determine whether news stories are “misinformation” and therefore merit censorship. Its website says it partners with Bing, MSN, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of State, the World Health Organization, and Microsoft.

Nearly every outlet that opted to ignore or discredit the Post’s reporting maintains a near-perfect rating from NewsGuard’s accuracy and credibility score. Politico, NPR, and The New York Times maintain a favorable 100/100 rating while CBS scores a 95/100. The New York Post, on the other hand, suffers a grade of 69.5/100, and The Federalist, 12.5/100.

The same left-wing misinformation group whose leaders also claimed the Hunter Biden laptop was Russian disinformation has teamed with the American Federation of Teachers to implement its “Nutrition Label” reviews of outlets into classrooms nationwide.

The partnership aims to “champion legitimate journalism and fact-based reporting and to help educators and their students navigate a sea of online disinformation.”

Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at


The Federalist Names Sean Davis As CEO

The Federalist Names Sean Davis As CEO

Sean Davis was named chief executive officer of The Federalist, Editor-In-Chief Mollie Hemingway announced on Monday. Davis, who co-founded the The Federalist in 2013 and has served as its chief financial officer since its creation, will now oversee and manage all of the company’s operations.

“Sean is the perfect person to serve as The Federalist’s chief executive officer,” Hemingway said. “He is the rare person in politics who understands campaigns, Congress, investigative journalism, and how to grow and manage a business. The Federalist’s success was no accident. From the very beginning, Sean’s steady leadership and judgment have been key to our many achievements.”

Davis has a long history in politics, business, and digital media. As the chief investigator for the late Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., he cut his teeth in politics by investigating waste and corruption in federal spending. In addition to leading a successful fight to ban wasteful congressional earmarks, which was derided as hopeless by political insiders at the time, Davis was named one of the top congressional staffers under the age of 35 for spearheading the enactment of the federal law that created

Davis attended The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received an MBA, with honors, with a focus on finance and entrepreneurial management. Following business school, he joined The Daily Caller, where he served as the company’s first chief financial officer. In 2013, after working as an economic policy adviser on the presidential campaign of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Davis co-founded The Federalist with Ben Domenech.

“Sean knows how to report out a story, how to conduct deep investigative journalism — just look at his investigative work exposing the Russian collusion hoax — and how to manage a large and growing enterprise,” Hemingway added. “There is no better person to be leading The Federalist into its next chapter.”

“My goal from the beginning has been to make The Federalist the most influential publication in conservative media,” Davis said. “We have a country to save, and The Federalist is key to that effort. War has been declared against America and its founding principles by left-wing activists, Big Tech, and a completely corrupt corporate media. We have no choice but to win, and that’s what we’re going to do. I’m so proud to be a part of such a fearless team of investigators and writers here at The Federalist.”

As CEO, Davis will oversee and manage all company operations and continue to work closely with the publication’s senior staff, including Editor-in-Chief Mollie Hemingway, Executive Editor Joy Pullmann, Senior Editor John Davidson, and co-founder Ben Domenech. Founded in 2013 by Davis and Domenech, The Federalist quickly became one of the most fearless and influential political publications in the country. It remains a daily must-read for anyone interested in the nexus of politics, culture, and religion in America.


The Federalist Names Mollie Hemingway As Editor In Chief

The Federalist Names Mollie Hemingway As Editor In Chief

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway has been named editor in chief of The Federalist, company co-founder and Chief Financial Officer Sean Davis announced on Monday. In this new role, Hemingway — who has been a Federalist senior editor since its founding in 2013 — will now oversee all of The Federalist’s editorial operations.

“I’m thrilled to announce Mollie as The Federalist’s editor in chief,” Davis said. “Mollie’s leadership, temperament, journalistic experience, and especially her courage make her the perfect choice to set the editorial direction of The Federalist.”

“America is at a crossroads right now,” Davis continued. “We are locked in a battle that will decide whether our nation will defend and uphold the values and ideals of our Founding, or whether we will allow deranged left-wing activists, corrupt media and Big Tech outlets, and a feckless political establishment to rewrite history and destroy everything that has made America the greatest and most free nation on earth.”

Since The Federalist was founded in 2013 by Davis and Ben Domenech, the publication has served as the tip of the spear against the bogus narratives and hoaxes peddled by the corrupt corporate media. From unmasking the Russian collusion hoax, to reporting the truth about the attempted character assassination of Brett Kavanaugh, to combatting the never-ending attempts of the left to thwart and unseat President Donald Trump, to chronicling the reality of what happened during the 2020 election, to fighting Big Tech’s Orwellian declaration of war against free speech, The Federalist has placed itself on the front lines of the left’s war against America’s founding principles.

In each of those battles, Hemingway’s fearless work for The Federalist set the tone and led the way for the entire conservative movement.

“Mollie is far and away the smartest pundit and journalist working in politics today,” Davis added.

One of the most popular and beloved contributors on Fox News, Hemingway also serves as a senior journalism fellow at Hillsdale College, where she teaches a class on journalism. In 2021, her distinguished reporting and commentary earned her the prestigious Bradley Prize, which is awarded for extraordinary contributions to American scholarship and debate. In 2019, recognizing her “journalistic integrity and willingness to stand alone beside the truth,” the Heritage Foundation conferred on Hemingway its Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship.

She is also the co-author of the No. 1 national best-seller, “Justice On Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court,” and the author of the best-selling “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections,” the definitive historical account of the 2020 presidential election.

“My goals for The Federalist are to continue our courageous and ground-breaking journalism,” Hemingway said. “From our founding, we have fought every false corporate media narrative out there, from the Russian collusion hoax, to the Kavanaugh smears, to the irregularities surrounding the 2020 election. So much more needs to be done to protect America from a corrupt media complex that’s hell-bent on destroying the country. That’s why I’m so excited for this new role at The Federalist and so honored to be working with our team of amazing, fearless journalists.”

As editor in chief, Hemingway will lead The Federalist’s coverage and work closely with the publication’s senior editorial staff, including Executive Editor Joy Pullmann and newly named Senior Editor John Davidson, along with Davis and Domenech. Founded in 2013 by Davis and Domenech, The Federalist quickly became one of the most fearless and influential political publications in the country and is a daily must-read for everyone interested in the nexus of politics, culture, and religion in America.



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