Hopkins first came to public attention in the British version of reality TV contestant The Apprentice.
She describes herself as a Christian conservative.
In January 2018 Hopkins joined the far right anti-Muslim online platform Rebel Media run by Canadian ex-tabloid editor Ezra Levant who also employs ex-English Defence Leader Tommy Robinson as a 'reporter'. The announcement came just months after Hopkins lost her job as a Daily Mail columnist and appeared as a speaker at a weekend fundraiser held by leading US counterjihad David Horowitz in November 2017. 
A PR machine for extremists like Defend Europe
In July 2017 Hopkins sparked widespread outrage for spending a week in Sicily with Defend Europe, a far-right network of young anti-immigrant and anti-Islam activists that aims to send refugees “back to Africa by blocking their boats. Her trip, ostensibly in her role as a columnist for Mail Online, was vehemently criticised by anti-racist campaigners and charities such as Hope not Hate and Save the Children, as well as the Board of Deputies of British Jews. It called for Hopkins to apologise for posting on Twitter her photo taken with Holocaust denier Peter Sweden who is linked to the Defence Europe campaign. 
Condemnation by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
In her Sun column in 2015 Hopkins infamously described African migrants crossing the Mediterranean as “cockroaches” and called for gunboats to stop migrants reaching Europe.
- "No, I don’t care. Show me pictures of coffins, show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad. I still don’t care."
The UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, strongly condemned Hopkin's language likening it to that used by Rwanda’s Kangura newspaper and Radio Mille Collines during the run-up to the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
- Maya Oppenheim. Katie Hopkins branded 'PR machine for extremists' after meeting group aiming to hamper refugee rescues in Med, The Independent, 24 July 2017