Peter Wehner is an in-residence Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and a contributing editor for The Atlantic. He has written for numerous other publications—including Time, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Financial Times, The Weekly Standard, National Review, Commentary, National Affairs, and Christianity Today. He has also appeared frequently as a commentator on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CBS, PBS, and C-SPAN television.
Wehner served in the Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush administrations, including as Deputy Director of Speechwriting and later Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives for President George W. Bush.
Wehner is author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (co-authored with Michael J. Gerson) and Wealth and Justice: The Morality of Democratic Capitalism (co-authored with Arthur C. Brooks). His most recent book is The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump.
February 19th, 2021 | “Hope and Healing for a Hurting Culture” an Online Conversation with Peter Wehner and Jonathan Haidt
March 1st, 2018 | “A Symposium: The Future of Christian Higher Education” an Evening Conversation in Washington, DC with Peter Wehner, Shirley Hoogstra, and Michael Lindsay
March 15th, 2017 | “The Benedict Option” an Evening Conversation in Washington, DC with Peter Wehner, Rod Dreher, and Kirsten Powers
Related Trinity Forum Readings
“Politics and the English Language” by George Orwell, featuring an original introduction by Peter Wehner
November 6, 2023 | Republicans Have Chosen Nihilism The New York Times
November 3, 2023 | “Why Does God Allow the Innocent to Suffer?”, Plough
February 11th, 2023 | “For Sports Lovers, an Event Like the Super Bowl Is Not ‘Only’ a Game”, The New York Times
February 5, 2023 | “The Institutional Arsonist Turns on His Own Party”, The Atlantic
Recent Podcasts and Conversations
November 15, 2023 | A Polite Zealot on The Bulwark
October 7, 2023 | How to Relate to Those Who Still Support Trump on Good Faith
September 28, 2023 | Who Ya Gonna Call? Candidates debate, PEPFAR languishes, and the Hispanic church grows on Christianity Today’s The Bulletin
July 3, 2023 | Tim Keller and Michael Gerson, A Tribute with Pete Wehner and Jonathan Rauch on Talkin‘ Politics & Religion Without Killin‘ Each Other
June 26, 2023 | Peter Wehner and Jonathan Rauch on ”Morality Is for Trump What Colors Are to the Color-Blind” on Talkin‘ Politics & Religion Without Killin‘ Each Other
June 20, 2023 | Peter Wehner: Evangelical support for Trump raises questions about the movement, Morning Joe on MSNBC
February 11th, 2023 | “Learning to Live in Exile” a conversation with David French and Curtis Chang
July 2nd, 2022 | “How Did We Get Here?” a conversation with the Allender Center
July 1st, 2022 | “The End of Roe and Trump’s Pathology” a conversation with Ted Johnson at The Bulwark
May 12th, 2022 | “Channeling Popular Passions” a conversation with American Purpose and Braver Angels