Katherine Timpf is about to start co-hosting a brand new show on the Fox News channel.
Beginning on May 1st, Fox will begin airing Fox News Specialists at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. That’s the slot where The Five used to be, but after Bill O’Reilly left the network, Tucker Carlson was moved to 8:00, and The Five was moved to 9:00.
Katherine Timpf will be co-hosting the show alongside Eric Bolling and Eboni K. Williams.
So who exactly is Katherine Timpf, the new Fox News 5:00 host? Here’s what you need to know about her.
1. She is 28 Years Old & Is a Libertarian
Katherine Timpf is 28 years old, and she was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1988. She graduated in 2010 from Hillsdale College.
Timpf identifies not as a conservative but as a libertarian.
“I’m definitely a libertarian, so I’m not as conservative on some things as Hillsdale [College] is,” she told The Collegian in 2015. “But I love the idea that the government does not get to decide what this private institution gets to teach.”
When asked to define libertarianism, Timpf said that it “means limited government in all aspects. So get it out of economic policy, have a sensible foreign policy, and allow social decisions to be made by the individual.”
Timpf also said that because she is a libertarian and doesn’t quite line up with traditional Republican or Democratic values, “there is something about me for everyone to hate, but there is also something about me for everyone to agree on.”
2. She Worked for Campus Reform & Writes About College Students Being Too PC
One of Timpf’s previous jobs was as a reporter for Campus Reform, a website that focuses on reporting misconduct on college campuses. It focuses particularly on right-wing issues, with articles accusing professors of being too political and generally making fun of liberals and “social justice warriors.”
In 2014, she represented Campus Reform on Fox News, saying that college campuses have become too politically correct.
“Students are terrified,” she said. “It’s not just the typical things that you think of, ‘oh, that’s offensive.’ ‘You guys’ is even very offensive. You’re supposed to say ‘men, women, and people that don’t conform to those gender binaries.'”
She also said that college students are silencing all discourse on campuses.
“[Y]ou can’t criticize, you can’t say anything,” she said. “And it’s totally destroying this forum of open ideas and free speech that a college is supposed to be so you can learn. What good is all this focus on diversity that these campuses have if you can’t actually hear what anybody has to say for real?”
To this day, Timpf continues to write for National Review, where she also focuses on articles making fun of “social justice warriors” and liberals being too easily offended by things.
3. She Made Headlines in 2015 For Making Fun of ‘Star Wars’ Fans
Some might recognize Katherine Timpf as the Fox personality who in 2015 made fun of Star Wars fans for getting excited for The Force Awakens.
In a Red Eye segment discussing the latest Star Wars trailer, Timpf said, “I have never had any interest in watching space nerds poke each other with their little space nerd sticks and I’m not gonna start now. You Star Wars people are crazy.”
She also said on Twitter that she doesn’t have time for Star Wars because “I am too busy liking cool things and being attractive.”
After being criticized online and receiving death threats, she wrote an article for National Review in which she did not apologize for her Star Wars comments.
“A lot of people are clearly a lot of upset,” she wrote. “But guess what? I’m not apologizing. Why? Because the all-too-common knee-jerk reaction of apologizing for harmless jokes after overblown hysteria is ruining our culture. This political-correctness obsession threatens free speech, and I absolutely refuse to be a part of it.”
4. She Is Often Critical of Feminism in Her Work
In her political commentary, Katherine Timpf is often critical of feminism.
For instance, she wrote a piece for National Reivew in 2015 called “Ten Ways Men Oppress Women with Their Everyday Behavior.” This is a satirical article in which Timpf mocks the idea of “manspreading,” inventing her own terms for what she considers to be normal behavior and then pretending to get upset about them.
For instance, “Broplimenting,” she says, is when “a guy says something nice to you without asking for your consent first. Men should always ask, ‘Do you consent to me complimenting you?’ before saying anything nice or else it’s assault. No, nonverbal cues don’t count – he still has to ask for explicit consent before offering that kind of affection.”
She goes on to sarcastically ask why the word “mentoring” is not “womentoring.”
“I’ll tell you why,” she writes. “It’s because we live in a society where people think men are the only ones who can give advice.”
More seriously, during the 2016 presidential election, Katherine Timpf criticized Hillary Clinton and said that she is not a real feminist because of the way she treated the women who accused her husband of sexual assault.
“Hillary Clinton claims to be pro-women, yet has actively worked to ruin lives of so many of them,” Timpf wrote in National Review. “She’s running on a ‘feminist platform’ — she’s even dared to say that sexual-assault survivors have a ‘right to be believed’ — despite the fact that what she did to the women who accused Bill went far beyond not believing them. She attacked them.”
5. When Donald Trump First Launched His Campaign, She Called Him a ‘Hack’
In August 2015, when Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was just getting underway, Timpf wrote an article for National Review calling him a “hack.”
“Trump is not a hero to be praised,” she wrote. “Trump is not an enemy to be feared. Trump is a hack in a trucker hat.”
In particular, Timpf was taking issue with Trump’s comment that Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever,” which suggested that Kelly was asking him tough questions because she was on her period.
“[T]elling an ‘a-woman-is-angry-she-must-be-on-her-period’ joke doesn’t make you a warrior for free speech,” Timpf wrote. “It makes you a 14-year-old boy, someone who probably would have also tried to save himself with an excuse as dumb as ‘I meant out of her nose’ when he realized that he’d made a bad move by saying it — an explanation that, by the way, no 14-year-old girl would ever be naïve enough to accept.”
And although she is often sympathetic towards President Donald Trump and agrees with his agenda, she has not entirely changed this opinion; in an article for National Review written after the election, Timpf argued that Donald Trump is not the warrior for free speech that his followers are looking for.
“…I can also understand why people might automatically see Donald Trump as the guy we can count on to fight against our culture becoming one that’s subject to the kind of restrictions that are in place at Tuft’s,” she wrote. “After all, Trump is the guy who said, ‘I think the big problem that this country has is being politically correct,’ and who talked about that ‘big problem’ nearly every chance he got. But ask yourself: When Donald Trump is also flippantly tweeting about taking people’s citizenship away for burning flags, can we really be so sure?”