Senior Journalism Fellow Mollie Hemingway released her new book on Tuesday, and by Wednesday night, it was the #4 bestseller on Amazon.com.
“Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections” offers a comprehensive account of the controversies surrounding the 2020 election.
“My book tells the story of how the establishment was willing to do whatever it took to prevent President Trump from winning a second term and how close they came to failing,” she said.
Hemingway teaches a journalism course each semester at the Kirby Center and regularly visits the campus in Michigan to meet with students. She is a senior editor of the online conservative magazine The Federalist.
“I’m thrilled that people can read what I found in reporting and researching the 2020 election,” Hemingway said. “I had long felt that the corrupt media and Big Tech oligarchs had unfairly meddled in the election by controlling what information people could get about the opposing candidates. They suppressed true news stories and elevated demonstrably fake ones, and they did it for years. They censored, deplatformed, altered algorithms, and more.”
In 2017, Hemingway was one of the few journalists to question what she calls the “Russian collusion hoax” against former President Donald Trump.
Her previous book is “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court,” an insider account of the confirmation battle surrounding Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. It became a New York Times bestseller.
In September, Hemingway received the prestigious Bradley Prize for “outstanding achievements reflecting The Bradley Foundation’s mission to restore, strengthen, and protect the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism,” the foundation said.
Hemingway was a recipient of a 2004 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship at The Fund for American Studies and a 2014 Lincoln Fellow of the Claremont Institute. She is a contributor on Fox News, a regular member of the Fox News All-Stars panel on “Special Report with Bret Baier,” and has had her work featured in multiple outlets.
“Rigged”contains interviews with Trump, Supreme Court justices, senators, representatives, White House staffers, and more. In one interview with Trump, the president even taught her how to properly take a photo, she said.
“He told me to angle my body, put my hand on my hip, and a few other tricks. ‘You can trust me: my wife is a supermodel,’ he said, as if I were unaware,” Hemingway wrote.
Although “Rigged” focuses on the 2020 election, Hemingway pulled from decades of election research. She said that she hopes her book will encourage readers to think harder about how to hold fair elections, she said on The Federalist Radio Hour on Tuesday.
“Election laws and procedures were dramatically altered in 2020, sometimes legally, sometimes not. The changes allowed for tens of millions of mail-in ballots to flood the system, a method of voting that used to be acknowledged as more susceptible to fraud and other problems,” Hemingway said.