Lachlan Markay

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Age

26

School

Hamilton College, 2009

Occupation

Staff Writer at The Washington Free Beacon

Twitter

@lachlan

While attending high school in New York, Lachlan Markay leaned pretty far left. It wasn’t until he read classics like the Federalist Papers while attending Hamilton College that he began his journey down the ‘right’ path.

“I really like to argue, and because it was the default position to be left-of-center, I wanted to engage peers and professors who were not giving the right side a fair shake on the issues,” he told Red Alert Politics.

Markay, a 26-year-old staff writer for The Washington Free Beacon, entered the conservative movement through an internship with the Institute for Humane Studies. He later interned at The Washington Examiner before joining the Heritage Foundation as an investigative reporter.

His long-held desire to work in professional journalism led Markay to leave Heritage and accept a staff writer position at the Free Beacon. Markay said he was interested in “not necessarily unbiased reporting, but adding something to the conversation.”

After working for several years in the conservative movement, Markay believes young conservatives should remember one thing: “Nobody cares about your opinion.”

“Everyone in this town and even across the country has opinions and can write well,” he said. “If you’re trying to set yourself apart, especially in political journalism, it’s not just saying what you think, but providing new facts and giving people a fair chance to respond.”

As for older conservatives, Markay said the best thing they can do to attract new voters is have a “sense of humor.”

“That’s something the Left did really well—they weren’t stuck in old ways of campaigning,” he said. “We’re in a constantly changing technological and political environment.”

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Polititainment

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Presidential Trump is drowsy
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Minaj dedicates song to Trump, Biden
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Hillary panders to every demographic
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'Hamilton' creator raps for Puerto Rico
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver focused on Puerto’s Rico’s debt crisis, inviting a Puerto Rican broadway star to explain the island’s plight. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton, was mentioned along with other famous Puerto Ricans, including judges from American Idol and the Supreme Court, and athletes. Oliver showed a clip of Miranda speaking about the island’s “crisis,” […]

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2016

Cruz proves he was the wrong anti-Trump candidate
Back on March 1, 2016, Senator Ted Cruz called for Senator Marco Rubio to drop out of the race, saying, “We need to get to a one-on-one battle with Donald Trump,” and that he would prevail over Trump. Two months later, it’s clear Cruz was the wrong #NeverTrump candidate to take on The Donald. With […]
Trump's way to presidency with Rust Belt, youth
If Trump were to win the purple and blue states of the Rust Belt in the general election, all his claims about “winning” might not just be talk, but a path to the presidency. He won those states in the primary, and he believes he can do so in November. Trump’s arguments on trade and industrialization have […]
Van Jones predicts Trump victory [VIDEO]
CNN contributor and former Obama aide Van Jones put out a warning to his fellow Democrats on Friday: Donald Trump is probably going to win the White House. In the Facebook video, Jones credited Trump’s ability to understand and use social media and reality television as well as his appeal to black voters as reasons he […]
Clinton's 'woman card' worthless to young women
While Donald Trump’s recent comments on Hillary Clinton playing the “woman card” may not help him win the female vote should he go up against Clinton in the general election, it’s not because women disagree with his statement. The Republican front-runner has been consistently unpopular among American women, due in large part to his remarks about women like Rosie […]
Sorry Bernie, young people won't vote
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Policy

Harvard study:Millennials can't handle competition
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TSA admits they're an 'agency in crisis'
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Illinois may offer scholarships to illegals
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Elon Musk prefers subsidies over capitalism
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