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Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas is one of the most widely syndicated political columnists in America. Based in Washington, he is a wide-ranging social commentator, not a "beltway insider," who supports traditional conservative values and the American "can-do spirit." He'll take on virtually any topic, from the decline of the family to growing terrorism worldwide.

A columnist for 30 years, he is the author of “America’s Expiration Date: The Fall of Empires, Superpowers and the United States” (HarperCollins/Zondervan, January 2020). Readers may email Mr. Thomas at

Articles by Cal Thomas

Illustration on evangelicals under a Biden administration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Without Trump, where should evangelicals go now?

Evangelical Christians have unquestionably been a loyal and largely unmovable base of support for President Trump since he has been in office and in some cases before. Published November 11, 2020

Voters slowly make their way through the long line at the J.T. Neely Building at Veterans Park in Tupelo Miss., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, as they and others vote for the next president.(Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

Pollsters got it wrong again

Pundits claimed Republicans would lose between five and 15 seats in the House. It appears they've picked up a few. And because final results will not be known until states count mail-in votes and end their extended vote-counting processes, Republicans could pick up a few more. Published November 4, 2020

President Donald Trump listens to Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)

Topics picked for presidential debates aren't priorities for most voters

The supposedly nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates has selected the following topics for Thursday night's final encounter between President Trump and Joe Biden: "Fighting COVID-19," "American Families," "Race in America," "Climate Change," "National Security" and "Leadership." Published October 21, 2020

Illustration on predicting the Hispanic vote by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Pollsters mistaken assuming Hispanics only care about immigration

Hispanics are 60% of the population of Miami-Dade County, according to the U.S. Census. In the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton won Hispanic votes here by a margin of about 290,000, which was not enough to win the state for her. Published October 7, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. Biden generated headlines in February with a debate-stage promise to name the first Black female Supreme Court justice if he wins the White House. Since then, the Democratic presidential nominee has said little about the court. He's resisted calls from President Donald Trump, Republicans and even some Democrats to release a list of potential nominees (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

My list of debate questions for Joe Biden

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has made himself largely unavailable to questions from reporters since before his nomination. Published September 28, 2020

A protester carries a U.S. flag upside down, a sign of distress, next to a burning building, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis during protests over the death of George Floyd. Speaking at the Republican National Convention, President Donald Trump said, "The Republican Party condemns the rioting, looting, arson and violence we have seen in Democrat-run cities all, like Kenosha, Minneapolis, Portland, Chicago and New York, and many others." (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Americans angry at Washington should be looking in the mirror

It is not the fault of a train that it cannot fly. A car mechanic should not be blamed because he can't perform open-heart surgery. Government has a purpose, but it is not to solve problems only an individual can address. Published September 16, 2020

President Donald Trump delivers remarks during an event discussing environmental policies at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Another stream of political toxic waste dumped on Trump

The cable networks, including Fox News, could talk of little else Labor Day weekend but The Atlantic magazine piece by Jeffrey Goldberg alleging President Trump had said Americans who have died in wars are "losers" and "suckers." Published September 9, 2020