Philip Bump

New York

National columnist focused largely on the numbers behind politics

Education: Ohio State University

Philip Bump is a columnist for The Washington Post based in New York. He writes the weekly newsletter How To Read This Chart, to which you should subscribe. He's also the author of The Aftermath: The Last Days of the Baby Boom and the Future of Power in America.
Latest from Philip Bump

Trump denied having nuclear secrets. The feds say he did.

Among Trump’s false claims about the boxes of documents, one stands out.

June 9, 2023

The three tiers of Donald Trump sycophancy

Donald Trump's videotaped declaration of innocence is grist for the multilayered system of defense he already has in place.

June 9, 2023

Why comparisons of Trump’s actions with the Bidens’ or Clinton’s fall flat

In some cases, it's far too early to make assumptions. In others, the facts of the matter make the difference.

June 9, 2023

The quote that distills why Donald Trump is facing federal indictment

"This was done by the military and given to me."

June 9, 2023

Anna Paulina Luna gets media attention with dire, baseless claims

The freshman legislator's assertions about assassination and criminality aren't supported by evidence.

June 7, 2023

Chris Christie is the only Republican running against Donald Trump

Sure, there are other candidates, including former vice president Mike Pence. But none of them is actually challenging Trump.

June 7, 2023

Tucker Carlson becomes just another social-media conspiracy theorist

The former television host kicks off his Twitter show by talking about UFOs.

June 7, 2023

The right sure loves a lot of ‘woke’ companies

Most of Republicans' most popular companies endorse diversity or pride efforts.

June 6, 2023

Right-wing review of Capitol riot footage isn’t exonerating the rioters

Partisan victory remains one additional development out of reach.

June 6, 2023

The problem with DeSantis’s run-to-the-right strategy

DeSantis seems to be stuck behind Trump in the far-right lane of the primary. Driving on the shoulder will only yield more bumps.

June 6, 2023