On midterm 2018 election night, the CNN political commentator, contributor to ABC news, and former GOP communications director on Capitol Hill predicted that Trump would face an impeachment inquiry. “If he were actually governing and not doing things that warranted subpoenas and impeachment inquiries then it would be a little bit more difficult to justify it,” said Setmayer. “Donald Trump has been very lawless, and it finally caught up to him.” Setmayer said she never wanted to be more wrong about her prediction, and that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was methodical about the decision.
While discussing multiracial categories, Setmayer said that there was never a box for her and she’s an “other,” but embraces being different. Never being big on identity politics, Setmayer does not like labels because they come with preconceived notions. “You’ll never hear me call myself an African American because I’m not that. That’s not my ethnicity. But I am a woman of color and an American first.”
“You’re like a one-women explainer,” said Hoffman about Setmayer’s podcast, Honestly Speaking with Tara, describing Setmayer as someone who can really break down the facts. “My mother calls me Tara-pedia,” said Setmayer.
Setmayer has learned to manage criticism online. “When you’re a minority female conservative, you learn to let criticism roll off your back very early on.” Setmayer grew up in a blue-collar environment 15 minutes outside of New York and credited her mother for giving her tough skin, “My mom is very influential in my life.”