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David Keene

David Keene

Editor at Large — David Keene, a trusted adviser to presidents, a longtime champion of personal liberty and one of conservatism’s most respected voices, is the former opinion editor of The Washington Times. An author, columnist and fixture on national television, Mr. Keene has championed conservative causes for more than five decades while offering advice to Republican presidents and countless candidates. He additionally served as chairman of the American Conservative Union and president of the National Rifle Association. He can be reached at

Columns by David Keene

Voting for Donald Trump illustration by The Washington Times

The dangers in declaring support for Donald Trump

It may have been "politically incorrect" to state one's intention to vote for Donald J. Trump four years ago, but the perception among much of the public that it might actually be dangerous today is real. Published August 31, 2020

People pass the front of the defaced Surrogates Court Building, adjacent to City Hall, in New York, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. New York City lawmakers approved an austere budget early Wednesday that will shift $1 billion from policing to education and social services in the coming year, acknowledging protesters' demands to cut police spending — but falling short of what activists sought.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The cost of demonizing the police

It was reported last week that in New York City alone some 272 officers have put in for retirement in the last month and that most of them are among the most experienced in the department. Published July 1, 2020

Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers by John Gierach (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers’

Eric Engberg, one of my fishing buddies a couple decades ago, was an on-the-air reporter for CBS News for 26 years until he had emergency bypass surgery, bagged his television career in 2002, bought a used trawler and retired to Florida to fish and enjoy the good life. Published June 5, 2020