Joel Pollak

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Joel B. Pollak

Born April 25, 1977
Johannesburg, South Africa
Political Party Republican
Spouse Julia Ingle Bertelsmann
Religion Orthodox Judaism

Joel Barry Pollak (born April 25, 1977) is a South African-born American lawyer and author. He serves as the senior-editor-at-large for[1][2] Prior to the death of Andrew Breitbart, he was editor-in-chief and in-house counsel. In 2010 he was the Tea Party Republican nominee for U.S. Congress from Illinois's 9th congressional district, losing decisively to incumbent Democrat Jan Schakowsky with 31% of the vote.[3]

Pollak is an Orthodox Jew whose family migrated from South Africa to Illinois shortly after he was born. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1987.

Although not a news reporter, Pollak played a major role in the start of the Obamagate controversy. Mark Levin wrote a story about a "silent coup" against President Trump which did not gain much media notice. However, on March 3, 2017, as is Pollak's custom, Pollak published an opinion-editorial reprising Levin's work and adding a few points.[4][5] The Breitbart op-ed circulated in the White House and came to President Trump's attention prompting him to tweet out that Obama "tapped" Trump Tower.[5]


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