Chanel Rion is an American author, political illustrator, and White House Political Correspondent for One America News Network. Born in Texas and grew up in Missouri, Texas, and Florida, and overseas—in France and South Korea.
Chanel's upbringing required keeping her schooling at home. Except for her early schooling in France and debate camps at conservative America's famous Patrick Henry College, near Washington D.C., neither she nor her brother or sister ever set foot in a school until university.
"What started this peculiar journey for us was the candidacy of William Clinton in 1996. That year, Clinton ran for reelection against dad's old friend and onetime political mentor, Bob Dole. Clinton was the last straw, so dad picked up stakes and moved us out of the country. I think he wanted us to see what a debauched idea socialism was and that socialism was what the Clintons stood for. He wanted us to see what socialism did in the real world—how it destroyed people and human happiness in practice.
"First, we moved to South Korea, a few miles from the DMZ, where I began the first of the many years it took to learn to speak my mother's native Korean. There, I could look out across the fences into and across the DMZ, past soldiers and guns, at the worse enslavement and torture of human beings on God's earth at this insanity of the total socialist state--at what was the home of a then 14-year-old boy named Kim Jung Un, who was playing somewhere inside this prison camp country; who would soon grow into a madman who would one day die in there when he tried to blow up America and the world, killing millions, including my Korean loved ones in Seoul, just 30 miles from the DMZ. But I didn't know then. It would have been a lot for a child with already much to think about--to think about."
After South Korea, Chanel and her family moved into an ancient strap and gear crossed grain-grinding stone watermill in France, a three-story affair, where farmers in oxcarts and pickups actually brought grain by for grinding. "When winter came," Chanel recalls, "the miller quit and we moved to an unheated stone maison in the hills of a communist farming village in the mountain region of France where we bought goat cheese and baguettes every day from a monastery on the way home from school and where dad again swore we were never returning to the U.S."
Chanel spent her first grade year not speaking English at school where she heard not a word about politics from her presumably communistic first-grade French classmates.
"In my earliest years we lived in Texas, far from town. Dad bought the northernmost part of the King Ranch from an Exxon subsidiary, but there we were," Chanel recalls, "all pine trees and no cattle, a few thousand acres of coastal forests, miles of fence and roads and a bad plan to raise all the horses we could round up if we could ever find them again in the woods brimming with rhinoceros-sized man-eating wild hogs. Not all places are kid-friendly. Little did I guess this was the first of what would became some dramatic personality changing settings for childhood."
Chanel has become known as the best political illustrator in the country for constitutional conservative and anti-leftist causes and as President Trump's most stalwart graphic warrior against leftism.
Chanel has been frequently described as one of Hillary Clinton's "worst nightmares" because she stands as a fierce foe of anything Clinton, of everything Obama, and as a total and unrelenting enemy of academic left-liberalism and political correctness anywhere—she's out to stamp it out and when Chanel skewers the enemy, it can be a powerful thrust—sometimes shocking, always articulate—linguistic and graphic gems that strikes the heart of the insanity of the political left.
"It's brave and it's art and it's political linguistics all in one—one glance and you've got the whole issue burned right into your brain. And these drive the lefties wild; poster-quality silver bullets in the war on fake news and Hollywood—a war our side must win for liberty—theirs and ours."
As a Harvard trained International Relations graduate, some might think Chanel comes from a surprising place to be such a dedicated part of the Trump Army but she has been aboard the Trump Train from its first week and spent 20-hour days during the entire 2016 New Hampshire primary on the ground for the Trump campaign, working the New Hampshire winter, doing her part.
In January 2016, she and Courtland and her own family joined the Trump family and celebrants for the New Hampshire Primary victory gathering at week's end. "We all knew that night at the victory celebration in New Hampshire that this was absolutely going all the way—that we had chosen well."
While producing illustrations for President Trump and family, one of Chanel's illustrations for Donald Trump Jr. was used by him to help win and celebrate the media-historic battle that Don Jr. waged publicly to defeat Rachel Maddow and MSNBC when they tried to smear the Trumps with a fake news "tax expose" using fake documents.
When Don Jr. turned their "fake news" utterly against them, the debacle stained MSNBC and Rachel Maddow forever and ended the phony tax debate categorically by showing the President paid over 28 million dollars in taxes in a single year and that the actual frauds were those of Rachel Maddow and MSNBC.
Don Jr. cited Chanel's work as a proof of how such articulations on social media could be used to defeat the left, fake news and Washington's socialist swamp.
Chanel is also the developer, author, and illustrator of the first three volumes of her traditional girl's mystery series.
Chanel's series promotes not only the spirit of the traditional family but the self-reliance, ingenuity, independence, and strength of American girls who believe in traditional homes, in conservative values, in having faith, and in having traditional lives and futures that encourage families to succeed at home and to create family-centered and home-centric feminine and family enterprises. But this is not the script typically foisted on girls in the name of female independence today. Chanel's series creates a world for girls who want to Make America Great Again the old fashioned way and to raise new generations of the kinds of families that always did. It will not make nail-eating radical feminists happy.
Chanel's "Mystery by Design" series for girls Available January 1 stands apart from the gender-hostile, Hollywood "rip and hate" spirit of radical feminism that has brought so much coldness, pain, failure and disappointment to so many young women whose lives radical feminism has twisted and irreparably ruined with its toxic and confused mental stew of pointless competition, manophobia, hatred, gender-confusion and blame that radical feminism is and has always been about. She rejects it outright and wants as many girls as she can reach to reject it too.
Beyond standards of tradition and ladyship these books offer some rare learning enhancements—vocabulary training to enhance the writing and speaking skills and what linguists call the non-passive or "active vocabulary" for millions of American girls trapped in failing school zones where last year's international test results ranked America in a disgraceful 26th place behind third world countries and in an America where public schools are so lackadaisical and busy failing and bending people's natural genders and changing signs on restrooms, that most don't have time or apparently know-how left to even teach cursive writing anymore—no less to expand vocabularies.
Chanel's books, each of which contain over 1,000 word vocabulary enhancing helps are being offered as language trainers in grim and dedicated rote English-learning venues including China and South Korea.
Chanel is building a summer camp with her "Visit the Real America" outreach that Chanel has been developing as an American conservative cultural initiative to introduce a traditional America to those who cross the seas as visitors.
A few years ago when DeJour Magazine came to Harvard looking for conservatives for a feature, only 12 volunteers could be found on the whole campus who were willing to stand up for conservatism—and Chanel was there front and center.
Chanel is married to Courtland Sykes. Unsurprisingly, he saw the DeJour article and they met at what was a CIA recruiting event at Harvard.
Chanel is One America News' Chief White House Correspondent and the founder and curator of Wordebys.com.