Daniel Krauthammer

Daniel Krauthammer was born on 1986 in New York City. He is columnist and political commentator, known for being the only child of Charles Krauthammer, a famous political commentator and Pulitzer prize winning columnist.

Background and Education

Daniel’s father, Charles and his mother, Robyn met in 1973 and got married after a two year relationship. His mom had a career as a lawyer but she then decided to change her career. Being a lawyer was not fulfilling to her life. She felt like becoming an artist would bring more happiness into her life. Robyn and Charles met while they were both students at Oxford.

After eleven years of a loving marriage, Daniel was born in 1986. His father, Charles once mentioned that Daniel is much smarter than him.

When his father was in college, he was in a diving accident that caused serious damage to his spinal cord. While diving, his head hit the bottom of the pond and caused a serious injury causing him to be paralyzed from the waist down. He now had to live a paralyzed lifestyle and was relegated to a wheel chair for over 40 years.

He was even paralyzed when got married to Daniel’s mother. Because of his father’s condition, Daniel was born using artificial insemination.

Daniel was able to easily transition into his career because of his educational background. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies from Harvard in 2007. He then got another degree in Economics from Oxford in 2009. He was very proud to get a degree from the same college that his parents had attended. In 2015, Daniel got his highest honor when he received his Master’s Degree from Stanford.

Political Commentary Career

Daniel got a good start in his career by becoming the VP of Business Operations for a startup called RadPad. He also worked for Google, in the Product Management and Analysis department for Google Ideas. In 2008, John McCain’s presidential camping hired Daniel to work as an economic policy analyst.

While Daniel was starting to carve his name out in the political commentary world and business writing, he still had a passion to write screenplays for movies. From 2010 to 2013, he had a job title as an independent writer and producer. He tried to start a career in the filmmaking business, but he realized that he could not continue on that front because his other career was starting to take off.

Daniel was proud to follow in the footsteps of his father. He saw the impact that his father was able to make in the world with his columns and political commentary.

A lot of Daniel’s pieces can be seen on publications like The Weekly Standard. He has been asked to appear on many podcasts because of his views and commentary. On a podcast called Ricochet, he discussed how the right wing citizens in America are divided over the concept of nationalism and patriotism. He also talked about Comey’s firing in the same podcast.


Daniel has worked for over a decade as a contributor for major publications like The National Review, New Republic, and The Weekly Standard. Most of Daniel’s articles are focused on economics, foreign affairs, and finance.

The Flaws of Trump

Daniel wrote an article for the Weekly Standard in April 2017 called, “What Makes America Great?” In the piece, he wrote about how the increasing movement to prioritize America has caused division in the country. He said the “New Nationalist” who blindly praise all of Trump’s policies were at odds with the anti Trump movement  “These New Nationalists, as I will refer to them, are not wrong in identifying worthwhile principles and policies within the president’s program, but they miss the forest for the trees. They largely ignore or minimize the many unsettling aspects of his rhetoric and executive actions in order to make Trump fit their conception of a measured and inclusive nationalism. They equally mischaracterize and malign the traditional American conceptions of a politically rooted patriotism as enablers for a globalist mindset that corrupts the country’s elite. That they fail to appreciate how the president’s agenda undermines the core values that have guided the nation since its founding is largely because they focus on the wrong slogan.”

Daniel wanted people to think about the idea that America’s greatness was achieved from always winning or was it from actual moral leadership around the world. Daniel said the country was lucky to be in the positon they are and should not refer to past failures and traditions as reasons for the country’s greatness. The article was so well written that the New York Times included it in a must read list of 2017.

Like Father, Like Son

Before his father passed away, his father never passed on a chance to show how proud he was of Daniel. He dedicated his book Things That Matter to his wife Robyn and his son Daniel. “This book is dedicated to my son, Daniel, whose incisive, brilliant mind has kept me intellectually honest and at my keenest since he was about ten years old. And, to my wife, Robyn, who urged me 35 years ago to follow my calling without looking back. With extraordinary intelligence, humor, grace and loving kindness, she has co-authored my life, of which this book is but a reflection.”

Daniel’s father had a cancerous tumor removed from his abdomen in August 2017. At first, the surgery was thought to be successful in removing the cancer. Unfortunately, his father announced that the cancer had returned on June 8, 2018. His doctors said that he only had a few weeks to live. Charles passed away on June 21, 2018 after the cancer in his smell intense had taken over his body. He was 68 at the top that he left his wife and son.

He passed away 7 years after his brother Marcel also passed away from cancer. In an interview with Real Clear Politics, Charles spoke about the bond he had with his brother “For those three months of endless summer Marcel and I were inseparable -- vagabond brothers shuttling endlessly on our Schwinns from beach to beach, ballgame to ballgame. Day and night, we played every sport ever invented, and some games, like three-step stoopball and sidewalk Spaldeen, we just made up ourselves. ... It was paradise.”

Last Modified: Mar 12, 2020

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