Margot Cleveland
Margot Cleveland

Margot Cleveland is a senior contributor to The Federalist. She is also a contributor to National Review Online, the Washington Examiner, Aleteia, and, and has been published in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Cleveland is a lawyer and a graduate of the Notre Dame Law School, where she earned the Hoynes Prize—the law school’s highest honor. She later served for nearly 25 years as a permanent law clerk for a federal appellate judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Cleveland is a former full-time university faculty member and now teaches as an adjunct from time to time.

As a stay-at-home homeschooling mom of a young son with cystic fibrosis, Cleveland frequently writes on cultural issues related to parenting and special-needs children. Cleveland is on Twitter at @ProfMJCleveland. The views expressed here are those of Cleveland in her private capacity.

NYT Lies About Trump Again With Claim He Pushed DOJ To Declare Election ‘Corrupt’

The very evidence The New York Times cites to allege Trump told a DOJ official to ‘just say that the election was corrupt’ shows it came in an entirely different portion of the discussion.

Biden Department Of Justice Threatens To Sue To Lock In 2020 Election Chaos

New documents represent the Biden administration’s latest attempt to squelch investigations into irregularities, silence critics of the 2020 election, and cement free-for-all voting ‘procedures.’

Why Democrats’ Massive Effort To Suppress Election Concerns Is Dangerous

Americans should see 2020 and the January 6 riot as a wake-up call to the future our nation faces should election integrity not be restored.

Georgia Voting Official Makes Excuses For Residents Who Illegally Voted in 2020

One must wonder how seriously the Georgia secretary of state takes its fraud investigation if its staffer frames those who violate state law as merely ‘trying to exercise their right to vote.’

Georgia Secretary Of State Explains Why He’s Just Now Discovering More Than 10,000 Illegal Votes Cast In 2020

The tangled web of voter reform laws, the Trump voter fraud accusations, and the Secretary of State Office’s findings show why we need more digging on what happened in Georgia.

Ignoring Georgia Illegal Voting Proves Democrats Don’t Care About Election Integrity At All

While Democrats and their partners in the press push the Jim Crow canard, they ignore the real disenfranchisement that took place in the mess of the 2020 election.

New Evidence Indicates Enough Illegal Votes In Georgia To Tip 2020 Results

There was both an audit and a statewide recount confirming Joe Biden’s victory, but ignored in the process was evidence that nearly 35,000 Georgians had potentially voted illegally — more than Biden’s margin.

Why The Biden Administration’s Lawsuit Against Georgia’s Voting Rules Is Legal Hot Garbage

The Supreme Court’s response to the arguments made in attacking Arizona’s voting-integrity provisions expose the folly of the Biden administration’s lawsuit against Georgia.

SCOTUS Ruling Brings Clarity To Voting Rights Act, Upholds Ban On Ballot Harvesting

SCOTUS overturned a Ninth Circuit ruling that Arizona law violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, adding much-needed clarity to Section 2 claims.

Why The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Was Right To Toss Bill Cosby’s Tainted Conviction

While Bill Cosby may have walked out of prison a free man yesterday, the courts saw to it that he endured two criminal trials and spent years in prison during his appeals.

9 Most Insane Lies About Georgia’s Voter ID Law In The DOJ’s Lawsuit

From claiming Georgia lawmakers are racist to relitigating 2020 voter fraud cases, the Biden Department of Justice’s complaint against Georgia would be laughable if it weren’t so frightening.

Supreme Court Gives Democrats Free Rein To Transgender Public Schools

The Supreme Court has all but guaranteed the U.S. legal system will adopt an extreme view of transgender law that threatens parental rights, privacy, and the rights to free speech and religious freedom.

How The Voting Rights Act Lets Biden’s DOJ Insist Georgia’s Photo ID Requirement Is Racist

For each of the challenged provisions, DOJ’s complaint alleges black voters are burdened more than white voters in Georgia’s new voting law.

After A Judge’s Dismissal And A Damning Report, BLM May Have To Admit What Really Happened In Lafayette Park

Black Lives Matter must reframe their case, acknowledging the falsity of their initial allegations, or risk sanctions for alleging facts without evidentiary support.

What Really Weaponizes The Sacraments Is Theological Ignorance

The U.S. bishops’ vote won’t ‘deny’ anyone communion. It will seek, instead, to educate American Catholics about the meaning of the Holy Eucharist.

In Philadelphia Foster Care Case, Roberts Supreme Court Refuses To Protect Christians From Persecution

The Philadelphia foster care case represented yet another failure by the high court to definitely end the ongoing governmental targeting of faith-based organizations.

Don’t Believe Leftist Lies About A Federal Judge’s End To California’s Gun Ban

Judge Roger Benitez’s opinion provides a perfect primer for Americans seeking to understand the law and the gun fallacies leftists push.

Legal Battles Expose Abortion Industry Collusion With Democrat-Run Governments

On Friday, in a rare move, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals yanked a 100-plus page opinion it had issued in March against a group of pro-life protestors.

Bowser’s DC Metro Police, Not Trump, Deployed Tear Gas Against Rioters Near White House Last June

The MPD’s admission explains the divide between on-the-ground reporting of the use of tear gas and denials by the federal government of the use of tear gas to clear Lafayette Park.

Biden Administration’s Blatant Institutional Racism Gets Rebuke From Sixth Circuit

While Vitolo only addressed the race- and sex-based discrimination in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, it could prove fatal to many federal and state statutes, regulations, and practices.