Umair Haque is a Dangerous, Freedom-Hating Political Hack

Kevin McElroy
5 min readOct 13, 2020
Haque, pictured in his tough-guy cosplay, fooling no one

If you’ve been on Medium for any period of time, you’ve probably been sucked in by one of Umair Haque’s tabloid headlines. It’s all fire and brimstone. America is on fire. Your water is poison. The trees are fascist. Your neighbor who goes to church during Covid is a war criminal. You are racist. The air you breathe is a capitalist plot, etc.

As a copywriter by trade, I’m familiar with the tricks and stunts that Umair sprinkles into his posts. I can see through the matrix code and peer into the pure narrative he’s constructed.

His politics might at first seem obvious: he’s a left leaning agitator, fighting for the little guy.

But when you peel back just one layer of the onion… and pay a little closer attention to what he says and more notably, what he DOESN’T say, you begin to realize he’s at best a DNC loyalist and at worst, a conniving one-world-government NGO shill.

First, he NEVER critiques anyone in the Democrat party. All of his doom and gloom, and somehow the party that has power in this country at least half the time takes no credit or blame. Democrat-run California is literally burning but he doesn’t have an unkind word to say about anyone in the party.

Pretty weird!

He’s also notably uncritical of things like perpetual war, the surveillance state and centralized authoritarianism.

The logical conclusion you might draw is that Umair is working either for the DNC or some NGO that would prefer it if these uppity Americans would not so insistently exercise their human freedoms. That’s the real ax that Umair has to grind: human freedom is such a dangerous, inconvenient problem for the world-improvers to have to contend with. What a drag!

Maybe that’s why he writes scary headlines about climate change, but he’s not critical of the DoD which is the single largest manmade contributor.

Maybe that’s why he writes about how awful and racist Americans are, but fails to talk about how the Pentagon seems to mostly drop bombs on extremely poor people of color.

Maybe that’s why he is critical of American gun ownership, but quiet on torture, indefinite detention and a surveillance apparatus that would make…