America’s Worst Right-Wingers

Worst Trump

79% Donald Trump
Known for: fascism; racism; sexism; boredom with Constitution; old-white-man-from-Queens cultural rage.

15% Don Trump Jr.
Known for: fascism; racism; sexism; boredom with Constitution; lacking father’s urbane sophistication.

4% Ivanka Trump
Known for: passionate defense of global women; using White House position to grift for fashion brand until shuttering it in 2018 after slumping sales.

1% Melania Trump
Known for: destruction of Jackie Kennedy’s Rose Garden; ghoulish White House Christmas decorations.

1% Eric Trump
Known for: being the nicer, quieter cheetah-killer.

The Worst: Donald Trump
Well, obviously. But Morticia, Pugsley, and Wednesday are pretty bad news, too.

Staff pick: Donald Trump

Worst Fox News Host

78% Tucker Carlson
Known for: see above, plus nightly assaults on reality like calling U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn an “angry left-wing political activist.”

9% Sean Hannity
Known for: being pissed-off that we now hate Tucker more.

8% Laura Ingraham
Known for: being called an idiot by David Brock, who wrote that she never owned a book; being called “monster” by … wait for it … her brother.

3% Jeanine Pirro
Known for: consistent anti-immigrant racism; Trump’s last-minute pardon for tax-cheat (and Jeanine-cheat!) ex-husband.

2% Maria Bartiromo
Known for: Remember when she was the Money Honey?

The Worst: Tucker Carlson
They’re all such appalling creatures, but this was as no-contest as they come.

Staff pick: Tucker Carlson

Worst Non-Fox Host Media Celebrity

49% Ben Shapiro
Known for: opposing Trump in 2016 but supporting him in 2020; also, just Google “Ben Shapiro Cardi B WAP.”

22% Tomi Lahren
Known for: disparaging “woke Olympics”; “get woke and lose”; final total medal count: U.S. 113, China 88, Russian Olympic Committee 71.

11% Diamond & Silk
Known for: being Democrats as recently as 2012; calling Nancy Pelosi a “nonfunctioning alcoholic” on Fox News, based on doctored video.

9% Ben Domenech
Known for: getting fired from The Washington Post over plagiarism; was paid $36,000 to shill in columns for operatically corrupt government of Malaysia.

9% Chanel Rion
Known for: One America News Network Trump-era White House correspondent; asking Trump if “Chinese food” was a racist phrase (in attempt to exculpate Trump for saying “Chinese virus”); being subject of ridicule by Borat.

The Worst: Ben Shapiro
Be sure to read Ben’s new book, The Authoritarian Moment. Naturally, it’s about … the left.

Staff pick: Ben Shapiro

Worst Twitter Star

46% Dinesh D’Souza
Known for: losing job over bringing girlfriend, not wife, to evangelical conference; admitting to violating campaign finance laws, whining afterward that Obama was trying to make an example of him; tweeting that perhaps “whole #Charlottesville rally was a staged event.”

33% Candace Owens
Known for: saying that “if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK, fine.”

13% Mike Cernovich
Known for: peddling Pizzagate lie; tweeting in 2013, “Do a Google image search for ‘lions mating.’ That’s basically rape and it’s also the natural form of sex.”

6% Jack Posobiec
Known for: heavy promotion of Seth Rich conspiracies; claim that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was anti-Trump propaganda.

1% CJ Pearson
Known for: child right-wing commentator; brief switch to liberalism, then switch back; falsely claimed Obama blocked him on Twitter.

The Worst: Dinesh D’Souza
If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember when D’Souza and Laura Ingraham were buddies at Dartmouth. Dartmouth must be so proud.

Staff pick: Mike Cernovich

Worst “Serious” Journalist

36% Ben Shapiro
Known for: trenchant Middle East analysis, like: “Israelis like to build. Arabs like to bomb crap and live in open sewage. This is not a difficult issue. #settlementsrock”

30% Entire Wall Street Journal editorial board, especially Kimberley Strassel
Known for: writing anti–Hunter Biden screed that the Journal’s own news division debunked.

18% Hugh Hewitt
Known for: personally lobbying Scott Pruitt, then-chief of the EPA, to fast-track the cleanup of toxic waste near his house, then defending Pruitt on MSNBC multiple times without disclosing it.

12% Bret Stephens
Known for: calling climate change a “mass hysteria phenomenon”; writing column on superior intelligence of Ashkenazi Jews based on a paper whose co-author “promoted racist views.

3% Lee Smith
Known for: 2019 book, The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History (“Tall at six feet, one inch, a family man, and slow to anger, Nunes is relentless in pursuit”).

The Worst: Ben Shapiro
And speaking of proud, what about Ben’s parents? Their boy is a winner in two categories!

Staff pick: Bret Stephens

Worst Dirtbag White Supremacist

56% Stephen Miller
Known for: architect of Muslim ban; reportedly “enjoys” seeing photos of children suffering at border.

30% Donald Trump
Known for: refusing to rent to Black tenants; birtherism; being an inspiration to the other four contenders.

5% Nick Fuentes
Known for:jokingly” casting doubt on Holocaust by quoting a viewer who suggested it would be impossible to bake six million cookies in five years.

4% Gavin McInnes
Known for: Proud Boys founder; Crusades defender (“Why don’t we take back Bethlehem? Why don’t we take back Northern Iraq? Why don’t we start our own Crusades? That’s what the Crusades were. They weren’t just someone picking on Muslims for no reason—they were a reaction to Muslim tyranny. We finally fought back.”)

4% Richard Spencer
Known for: saying, after Trump’s election, “Let’s party like it’s 1933”; launching website in 2017—on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Worst: Stephen Miller
When you get more votes than Donald Trump himself, that’s how you know you’ve really left your mark on the culture.

Staff pick: Stephen Miller

Second-Worst Fox News Host/Frequent Guest

27% Mark Levin
Known for: long history of racism, climate denialism, etc.; source of Trump’s claim that Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower.

22% Trey Gowdy
Known for: hackish and failed Benghazi hearings; using taxpayer funds to settle with a former aide fired because aide refused to focus solely on Hillary Clinton.

22% Dan Bongino
Known for: thrice-failed GOP congressional candidate; described by Politico last year as “surprise leader in the right-wing media sweepstakes” to promulgate the Big Lie.

17% Jesse Watters
Known for: Fox’s resident “macho man”; stalked liberals (mainly women) on camera for old boss Bill O’Reilly; seemed to excuse “vigilante justice” in Kenosha.

11% Alex Berenson
Known for: using history as New York Times reporter to build faux-cred for Covid-isn’t-so-bad nonsense he peddles.

The Worst: Mark Levin
Ah, Levin. In his latest “book,” he tries to link the Democratic Party to various Marxian thinkers in history. He reaches for the Frankfurt School. Except he calls it the “Franklin” School. These people make millions of dollars a year.

Staff pick: Jesse Watters

Worst Thrice- (at Least) Married Fascist Family-Values Peddler

35% Donald Trump
Known for: more than two dozen allegations of sexual assault.

23% Newt Gingrich
Known for: boffing third wife while still married to number two and denouncing Bill Clinton as immoral.

20% Rupert Murdoch
Known for: destroying Australia, then the U.K., then the United States. And by the way, did you know that his fourth wife was Mick Jagger’s second?

14% Rush Limbaugh (RIP)
Known for: serial racism and sexism; making housekeeper score his OxyContin.

9% Rudy Giuliani
Known for: marrying his cousin as first wife; screwing around on second wife with soon-to-be third wife (now divorced); announcing separation from wife two to press before he told her.

The Worst: Donald Trump
Certainly, Trump seems like the one who treated his wives worst. Although Rudy, remember, separated from his second wife at a press conference before he told her himself.

Staff pick: Rudy Giuliani

Second-Worst Trump

51% Kimberly Guilfoyle
Known for: Don Jr.’s girlfriend; leaving Fox in 2018 after, according to HuffPost, “showing personal photographs of male genitalia to colleagues (and identifying whose genitals they were).”

34% Fred Trump Sr.
Known for: arrest at 1927 KKK rally; subject of Woody Guthrie song denouncing his racist rental practices.

11% Ivana Trump
Known for: being weird enough to marry him first; also, for saying—in 2020—that Donald was doing a “great job” and is “pro everything that I believe in.”

1% Marla Maples
Known for: being weird enough to marry him; that, and “best sex I ever had” (assuming she said it; may have been Donald).

0% Tiffany Trump
Known for: campaigning relentlessly for father; now seeking to have “glamorous and glitzy” wedding, “your basic international spectacle.”

The Worst: Kimberly Guilfoyle
A bit of an upset here. Perhaps Guilfoyle benefited from her lamentable association with Donald Trump Jr. The fact that Gavin Newsom was married to her was almost reason enough to recall him.

Staff pick: Fred Trump Sr.

Worst Embarrassing Trump Sycophant, Non-Congressional Division

46% Rudy Giuliani
Known for: batshit 2020 election lies; target of lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems; irresponsible hair colorist.

20% Mike Lindell
Known for: tacky linens hawker; promoter of insane Big Lie conspiracies; also named in Dominion lawsuit.

13% Michael Flynn
Known for: lying to the FBI about conversations with Russian diplomat; getting Trump pardon; backing Big Lie; currently traveling country promoting vaguely Seven Days in May–ish military coup agenda.

12% Steve Bannon
Known for: prominent alt-right/white nationalist agitation; winning Trump pardon after indictment for swindling Trump fan–wall enthusiasts out of $25 million.

10% Kayleigh McEnany
Known for: saying on first day of job as President Trump’s last spox, “I will never lie to you”; thereafter lying every day.

The Worst: Rudy Giuliani
If you have about 15 minutes to kill someday, go back and watch Rudy’s speech lionizing Trump at the 2016 convention. That 15 minutes will certainly be dead.

Staff pick: Rudy Giuliani

Worst Supreme Court Justice

39% Clarence Thomas
Known for: lewdly propositioning Anita Hill (which he denied); porn video rental habits; never asking a question during oral arguments in his first 25 years on court.

35% Brett Kavanaugh
Known for: allegations of sexual assault when in high school and college; being cutthroat, Ken Starr–worshipping partisan hatchet man.

15% Samuel Alito
Known for: nominated after Bush-era Harriet Miers fiasco; recently complaining that opposing same-sex marriage was “what the vast majority of Americans thought; now, it’s considered bigotry.” Um … yes.

8% Amy Coney Barrett
Known for: shameless last-minute elevation on to court; macabre White House superspreader celebratory event.

2% Neil Gorsuch
Known for: Trump’s first SCOTUS appointee; general smarmy arrogance; famous ruling against a truck driver who almost froze to death.

The Worst: Clarence Thomas
Tough one here. If only Coney Barrett’s “we are not partisan hacks” speech—delivered in Louisville at the McConnell Center, no less—had been delivered a little earlier in the summer.

Staff pick: Samuel Alito

Worst Magazine and/or Website

40% Breitbart
Known for: alt-right white nationalist site started by Andrew Breitbart, later run by Steve Bannon; reported that Obama Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke to “Friends of Hamas,” which originated in a sarcastic comment made by a reporter; and, of course, Pizzagate.

24% Newsmax
Known for: started by Christopher Ruddy of Clinton conspiracy fame (he later made peace with the Clintons) and Mar-a-Lago dinner invites; providing home to aging reactionary cranks like Pat Buchanan and Dick Morris.

20% The Federalist
Known for: co-founded by Ben Domenech; running op-ed defending Roy Moore dating teenage girls; spreading rampant Covid disinformation, urging shortly after pandemic was declared that people hold “chickenpox parties” to fight “Wuhan virus.”

12% The Daily Caller
Known for: co-founded by Tucker Carlson to be serious conservative news site; quickly degenerated into trolling and prurient spreads like the one referring to some female Syrian refugees as “Syria-sly hot.”

3% The Blaze
Known for: founded by Glenn Beck; heavily edited satirical video about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; BlazeTV host Jon Miller tweeting, when a South Korean director gave an Oscar speech mostly in Korean, that “these people are the destruction of America.”

The Worst: Breitbart
This one’s all about Pizzagate.

Staff pick: Breitbart

Worst Big Donor

62% The Kochs
Known for: Kansas fortune; laundering reputation by lavishing money on NYC cultural institutions; complete hatred of regulations of all kinds; repeated violations of environmental laws.

22% Rebekah Mercer
Known for: friendship with Steve Bannon; key backer, with father, Robert, of Breitbart News; funded Milo Yiannopoulos’s “Dangerous F—-t” college tour.

10% Sheldon Adelson (RIP)
Known for: Las Vegas casino fortune; self-parodic hair dye; millions to Trump and GOP; Israel, Israel, Israel.

4% Vince & Linda McMahon
Known for: professional wrestling empire; she left Trump administration post to chair Trump’s 2020 super-PAC; outraised by pro-Biden counterpart in waning days of 2020 race.

2% Richard Uihlein
Known for: founder of Uline, a commercial supply company; joined top tier of GOP donors in 2018 and 2020; wife, Liz, declared coronavirus “overhyped”—in April 2020.

The Worst: The Kochs
And just as we were going to press, the Kochs’ Americans for Prosperity (brother Charles, pictured) launched a multimillion-dollar ad blitz against the Democrats’ budget bill.

Staff pick: The Kochs


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