Kyle Kulinski

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Kyle Kulinski
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Kulinski at Politicon 2018
Personal information
Born (1988-01-31) January 31, 1988 (age 33)
Westchester County, New York, U.S.
Kyle Kulinski
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
🏛️ Political partyDemocratic (2016–present)
Independent (until 2016)
EducationIona College (B.A.)
OccupationTalk show host
Political commentator
Political activist
YouTube information
Years active2008–present
GenrePolitical commentary
Political activism
Total views810 million
NetworkThe Young Turks
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2014
Updated January 29, 2021

Kyle Edward Kulinski (born January 31, 1988), is an American political commentator and a co-founder of Justice Democrats[1]. He is the host and producer[2] of The Kyle Kulinski Show on his YouTube channel Secular Talk, an affiliate of The Young Turks network[3]. He is a social democrat.

Personal life[edit]

Kulinski was born and raised in the New York City suburbs of Westchester County, New York. He graduated from New Rochelle High School in 2006 and Iona College in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in political science and a minor in psychology.[4] Kulinski is of Italian and Polish heritage.[5][better source needed]


Kulinski is a prominent media personality of the contemporary American left[6][7], appearing in this capacity on The Joe Rogan Experience[8][9], Fox News[10] and repeatedly on Hill TV's Rising, among others[11][12][13]. He is frequently quoted in political media coverage, being cited as a "progressive commentator"[14] and a key figure in in left wing online circles[15][16][17]. He gained increased prominence throughout the duration and aftermath of Bernie Sander's 2020 presidential campaign, as an outspoken supporter of the candidate and his positions.

Jacobin published a profile of Kulinski entitled "Kyle Kulinski Speaks, the Bernie Bros Listen" in March 2020.[18] He was also profiled by the Santa Clarita Gazette.[19] In 2019, Kulinksi was a speaker at four Politicon events.[20]

On January 1, 2021, Kulinski with Krystal Ball of Rising with the Hill's Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti from The Hill launched a new podcast called Krystal Kyle and Friends. The first episode featured Marianne Williamson, a 2020 Democratic Presidential primary candidate.[21]

The Kyle Kulinski Show[edit]

Kulinski started a YouTube channel in 2008, named "Secular Talk", while studying as a political science student at Iona College. In 2012, Kulinski began publishing videos full-time, and started broadcasting on BlogTalkRadio as The Kyle Kulinski Show. As of January 2021, his show had 953,000 subscribers.

He spends a lot of time studying all the major issues so he can give a complete breakdown of everything for his audience. Kyle is very intelligent and he can dissect political policy in a very smart manner that is easy to understand.

— Eric Goldin, Santa Clarita Gazette[22]

Justice Democrats[edit]

Kulinski—alongside Cenk Uygur, Saikat Chakrabarti and Zack Exley—co-founded the Justice Democrats in December 2016.[23][24][25][26][27] The group seeks to steer the Democratic Party in a strongly progressive, social democratic or democratic socialist direction by running progressive candidates in primaries against moderate and conservative incumbents such as Joe Manchin, Joe Crowley, and Dianne Feinstein.[28] Uygur and Kulinski resigned from the group in late 2017.[29][30]

Kulinski's channel, alongside The Young Turks, was one of the few media outlets reporting on the rise of progressive candidates such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez prior to their victories in the 2018 midterm elections.[31].

In December 2019, the The New York Times published an article about Uygur that was factually incorrect and portrayed Uygur in a negative light.[32] Kulinski organized a campaign, encouraging people to contact The Times and ask for a correction.[33] The campaign was successful, and The New York Times issued a correction.[34]


In January 2020, then-presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker criticized Kulinski via Twitter by implying that he was being sexist against presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren for criticizing her dancing style. Kulinski denied the accusation, referring to his previous trolling of Booker’s dad jokes as well as Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s dance.[35]

In February 2020, Kulinski claimed that neoliberal trolls got his Wikipedia page deleted.[36] Journalist[37] Ben Norton commented that Kulinski had his page erased "following a campaign by the coterie of regime change extremists".[38] On 27 February, Kulinski pinged Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales on Twitter complaining about the deletion.[39] Wales advised Kulinski and his fans to follow the deletion review process.[40]

In April 2020, Kulinski claimed that he would not vote for Joe Biden,[41] extracting harsh criticism from Mehdi Hasan and Joy Reid.[42]

Political beliefs[edit]

Kulinski has described himself as a social democrat, an agnostic atheist, a secular humanist, and a left libertarian. He characterizes his beliefs as moderate by international political standards, arguing that he is only considered far-left and extreme in the United States because "the spectrum of public discourse has shifted to the far-right".[43] Kulinski is known for his opposition to social and economic conservatism, extreme religiosity, corporatism, political correctness, and the white supremacy movement.

Kulinski advocates for single-payer healthcare, free tuition at public colleges and universities, a federal minimum wage increase, a living wage, reduction in military spending, the end of military interventionism, infrastructure spending, the legalization of euthanasia/physician-assisted-suicide, and the legalization, regulation, and taxation of drugs and prostitution.[44][45]

Kulinski supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary election, and later voted for Jill Stein. While critical of Hillary Clinton, he described her as the "lesser of two evils" in the general election against Donald Trump.[46]

After Trump's election, Kulinski emphasized his belief that progressives and American liberals could successfully lobby President Trump, rather than universally oppose him, especially regarding populist issues such as infrastructure spending and fair trade/protectionism, policy positions Trump used during his primary and general election campaigns.[47] Kulinski similarly criticizes the Democratic Party's broad "resistance" to Trump, stating that, as a result of such a position, they find themselves praising everyone that doesn't support Trump, even establishment Republicans. Kulinski disapproves of this, because "establishment Republicans want Trump to do every single thing he’s doing, minus the "mean tweets."[48]

“They’re just Republican-lite.” “If somebody gives you a check for a tremendous amount of money, you’re going to look out for them. The Democratic Party is a shell of its former self. Get rid of the corporate money. We need to focus on the issues.”[49]


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  3. Olson, Tyler (3 March 2020). "Sanders campaign rails against 'nervous' establishment, as candidates flock to Biden". FOX News Network. Fox News. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
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  6. "Kyle Kulinski: What went wrong for the Sanders campaign". The Hill. The Hill. April 10, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  7. "Kyle Kulinski on why Biden is beating Trump in the polls". The Hill. The Hill. June 10, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  8. Weiser, Chad. "Joe Rogan Fans Create Petition for UFC Commentator to Moderate 2020 Presidential Debate". Yahoo!. Verizon Media. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  9. Tim Hains (October 30, 2019). "Kyle Kulinski: Donald Trump's Claim To Be Anti-Establishment Is A Sham, It's A Hustle". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  10. di Santolo, Alessandra Scotto (9 August 2018). "Fox News: Left-wing Radio host SHUT DOWN in hilarious TV clash over future of US Democrats". Daily Express. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
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  12. Hill TV (September 3, 2019) Progressive commentator Kyle Kulinski: Why the media dismisses Gabbard, Yang, and Sanders on YouTube
  13. Hill TV (January 23, 2020). Kyle Kulinski: Will the establishment fall in line behind Bernie? on YouTube
  14. MacDonald, Tyler (3 January 2020). "Kyle Kulinski Blasts Trump Administration For Soleimani Strike: 'This Is The Whims Of Psychos'". The Inquisitr. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
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  19. Goldin, Eric (January 9, 2020). "The Passion of Kyle Kulinski". Santa Clarita Gazette. Valley Publications. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  20. "Schedule". Politicon. October 26, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  22. "The Passion of Kyle Kulinski". Santa Clarita Gazette and Free Classifieds. January 9, 2020.
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  24. Hough, Scott (24 January 2017). "Justice Democrats: Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks, Progressives Launch Party Takeover". Yahoo!. Verizon Media. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  25. Wong, Scott. "CBC lawmakers rip Justice Democrats for targeting black lawmakers for primaries". The Hill. Capitol Hill Publishing Corp. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
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  27. Murphy, Tim (28 March 2017). "The Young Turks really, really don't want you to compare them to Breitbart". Mother Jones.
  28. Hains, Tim (9 May 2017). "'Justice Democrat' Coal Miner's Daughter Paula Swearingen Announces Primary Challenge Against West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  29. Kerr, Andrew (5 March 2019). "Ocasio-Cortez and Her Chief of Staff 'Could Be Facing Jail Time'". The Daily Signal. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  30. Stuart, Tessa; Stuart, Tessa (2018-11-21). "Can Justice Democrats Pull Off a Progressive Coup in Congress?". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  31. "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - Ein Silberstreif am Horizont". (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  32. Medina, Jennifer (13 December 2019). "Bernie Sanders Retracts Endorsement of Cenk Uygur After Criticism". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  33. Wulfsohn, Joseph (December 16, 2019). "Cenk Uygyr slams 'unconscionable' NY Times report suggesting he defended David Duke, calling it a 'lie'". Fox News.
  34. Wulfsohn, Joseph (16 December 2019). "New York Times issues correction after suggesting Cenk Uygur defended David Duke". Fox News. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  35. MacDonald, Tyler (9 January 2020). "Kyle Kulinski Hits Back Against Accusations Of Sexism For Trolling Elizabeth Warren's Dancing". The Inquisitr. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  36. "Kyle Kulinski Says 'Neoliberal Trolls' Had His Wikipedia Page Deleted". The Inquisitr. February 26, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  37. "Ben Norton". The Intercept. First Look Media. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  38. "Kyle Kulinski Says 'Neoliberal Trolls' Had His Wikipedia Page Deleted". MR Online. June 15, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  39. Kulinski, Kyle (February 27, 2020). "Hi @jimmy_wales , I had a Wikipedia page for years, it was deleted by a highly political editor who appears to just not like me. He had to submit for deletion 4-5 times. The page exists in other languages but not English. Very strange. Is there something that can be done?". Twitter. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  40. Wales, Jimmy (February 27, 2020). "There is a process for deletion review, see:URL...I'm happy to post the deletion review for you, if that's the path you seek". Twitter. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  41. Kulinski, Kyle (January 9, 2020). "As a left-winger who will not vote for Biden I want you to know I'm 100% okay with you blaming me if Trump wins a second term". Twitter. Retrieved April 14, 2020. As a left-winger who will not vote for Biden I want you to know I'm 100% okay with you blaming me if Trump wins a second term. I mean it. Blame me. Then get to thinking real hard how you're gonna get me to support your candidate the next time! Maybe even ask me, I'll tell you! We shouldn't be defensive about this. If they're blaming us for Trump that's an admission that they need us to win. If they need us to win then they need to make concessions. Own it! Even the best elected left-wing leaders in the country are terrified of the media & the club hating them. Why? They SHOULD hate you. If you're actually gonna succeed with any of your policy goals they're guaranteed to hate you! Wear it as a badge of honor! Fuck 'em. f you're a left-wing politician and the media doesn't hate you you're doing something wrong.
  42. Wulfsohn, Joseph A. (April 14, 2020). "MSNBC's Joy Reid rips Sanders supporters for not backing Biden as 'privileged white voters'". Fox News. Fox Corporation. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  43. Kulinski, Kyle. "About". The Kyle Kulinski Show. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  44. "Response to a prostitution apologist". 2015-08-14. Retrieved 2020-05-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  45. "Justice Democrats Platform". Medium. 2017-02-01. Retrieved 2020-05-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  46. Ladak, Sheikh Jaffer (2016-08-01). "Thinking of voting for the lesser of two evils in the US elections? Why not vote for someone not evil? - TMV". Retrieved 2020-05-11.
  47. "Kyle Kulinski Of The Young Turks Says Democrats Need To Change Before They Can Defeat Trump". GOOD. 2017-07-11. Retrieved 2020-05-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  48. "Trump is more paranoid and vengeful than Nixon — but his stupidity makes him much more dangerous".
  49. Niles, Emma (April 21, 2019). "How Justice Democrats Plan to Give Progressives a Reason to Vote in the 2018 Midterms". TruthDig. Retrieved December 4, 2020.

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