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David A. French
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Personal details
David Austin French

(1969-01-24) January 24, 1969 (age 50)
Georgetown, Kentucky, U.S.
Political partyRepublican (until 2018)
Independent (2018–)
Spouse(s)Nancy French
EducationLipscomb University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
RankArmy-USA-OF-03.svg Major
UnitSeal of the United States Army Reserve.svg United States Army Reserve
AwardsBronze Star[1]

David Austin French (born January 24, 1969) is an American attorney, journalist, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.[2] He is a veteran of the Iraq War and a major in the United States Army Reserve. He is a past president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. A staff writer for National Review, he has also written several nonfiction books.

Early life and education[edit]

French earned a B.A. degree in 1991 from Lipscomb University.[3] He then began studies at Harvard Law School in the fall of 1991,[4] earning a J.D. degree in 1994.


French served as the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education,[5] and as a lecturer at Cornell Law School. French has also served as a senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice and the Alliance Defending Freedom.[6]

French was deployed to Iraq with JAG in Iraq in 2007 with the Army Reserve. He was awarded a Bronze Star.[7]

French retired as president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in 2005, citing plans to serve in the United States Army Reserve as an officer.[8] He was deployed to Iraq in 2007 during the Iraq War, serving in Diyala Governorate as Squadron Judge Advocate.[9]

French has also called for high physical strength to be a priority to millennial men.[10]

Potential 2016 U.S. presidential campaign[edit]

In January 2016, French said that he would vote for Donald Trump if he became the Republican nominee; he later changed his mind and said he would not vote for Trump.[11][12] Political commentator Bill Kristol, a supporter of the Stop Trump movement, named French as his choice to run for U.S. President as an independent conservative candidate to defeat presumptive Republican nominee Trump on May 31.[13] On June 5, French announced that he had considered running, but ultimately decided not to.[14][15] In a June 18, 2016 interview with The Daily Herald, French revealed that he had strongly considered entering the presidential race, but ultimately decided that he did not have the name recognition or the financial support to mount a viable campaign.[16]

Subsequent activities and attacks by the alt-right[edit]

French and his wife and family were the subject of online attacks when he criticized President Donald Trump and the alt-right. French was bombarded with hateful tweets—including an image of his child in a gas chamber.[17] When it was revealed French has a black daughter adopted from Ethiopia, French and his wife were referred to as "Cuckservatives" by the alt-right.[18]

French has been a consistent opponent of Donald Trump since his emergence in the 2016 presidential election. As a result of Trump's growing influence over the GOP, in September 2018 French tweeted that he no longer considers himself a Republican.[19]

Personal life[edit]

French is married to author Nancy French.[15] French has lived in Columbia, Tennessee since 2006.[20] They have three children, including an adolescent son and daughter, and a daughter adopted from Ethiopia after French returned from active duty in Iraq.[7]


  • A Season for Justice: Defending the Rights of the Christian Church, Home, and School. Broadman & Holman. 2002. ISBN 0-8054-2491-1. OCLC 50200709.[21]
  • Home and Away: A Story of Family in a Time of War. Center Street. 2011. ISBN 978-1-931722-90-2. OCLC 668192277. with Nancy French[22]
  • The Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore. Howard Books. 2014. ISBN 978-1-5011-0513-5. OCLC 890621915. with Jay Sekulow, Jordan Sekulow and Robert Ash[23]


  1. ^ Corbett, Erin (May 31, 2016). "Who Is David French? Bill Kristol Has Suggested A Third-Party Candidate To Run Against Trump". Bustle. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  2. ^ David French (March 22, 2017). "The Left Distorts Originalism to Attack Judge Gorsuch". National Review. Retrieved March 24, 2017. Having failed to undermine Gorsuch’s nomination on substantive grounds, liberals are now using a straw-man argument instead
  3. ^ "David French Mediation Attorney – Child Custody Mediation Attorney in Kentucky". Mediation. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Obama, Critical Race Theory, and Harvard Law School". National Review. March 8, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "FIRE Names David A. French as President". The Fire. June 1, 2004. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  6. ^ Morrow, Brendan (May 31, 2016). "David French: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Easley, Jonathan (June 5, 2016). "Who is David French?". The Hill. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  8. ^ "A Personal Message from FIRE President David French". November 11, 2005. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  9. ^ Stanley, Paul (September 16, 2011). "Nancy French Talks About Career as Mom, Wife and Bestselling Author". Christian Post. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  10. ^ French, David (August 16, 2016). "Men Are Getting Weaker – because We're Not Raising Men". National Review. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  11. ^ Giaritelli, Anna (June 1, 2016). "Watch David French say he'd vote for Donald Trump". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  12. ^ French, David (June 5, 2016). "Why I Changed My Mind and Joined the #NeverTrump Movement". National Review. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  13. ^ Matthews, Dylan (May 31, 2016). "Meet David French: the random dude off the street that Bill Kristol decided will save America from Trump". Vox. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  14. ^ French, David (June 5, 2016). "I'm Not Running for President". National Review. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  15. ^ a b Halperin, Mark; Heilemann, John (May 31, 2016). "Kristol Eyes Conservative Lawyer David French for Independent Presidential Run". Bloomberg Politics. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  16. ^ Bennett, James (June 18, 2016). "David French came 'really close' to running for president". The Daily Herald. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  17. ^ "Harassed On Twitter: 'People Need To Know The Reality Of What It's Like Out There'". NPR. October 26, 2016.
  18. ^ French, Nancy (September 18, 2015). "What it's like to be a white conservative on Twitter when you have a black child". The Washington Post.
  19. ^ David French on Twitter
  20. ^ Ross, Janell (June 1, 2016). "Who, exactly, is David French, the 'Never Trump' white knight candidate?". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  21. ^ "Tuesday, Nov. 10: National Review's David French Lecture". Iowa State University. November 10, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  22. ^ McDevitt, Caitlin (July 12, 2011). "Meet Bristol Palin's ghostwriter". Politico. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  23. ^ "Rise of ISIS". USA Today. June 21, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2016.

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