How a conservative University of North Texas student embroiled her campus in a culture war_freckle removal recipes

Kate McGee·13 min read
University of North Texas senior Kelly Neidert says she started paying more attention to politics when Donald Trump was elected president. “I definitely think there’s a lot of positives with just saying exactly how you feel,” she says.
University of North Texas senior Kelly Neidert says she started paying more attention to politics when Donald Trump was elected president. “I definitely think there’s a lot of positives with just saying exactly how you feel,” she says.

Editor’s note: This story contains profanity.

The University of North Texas has more than 42,000 students, but few are as infamous as senior Kelly Neidert.

Since she arrived at the Denton campus in 2019, the 22-year-old marketing major has revived its Young Conservatives of Texas chapter — which had been dormant for years — and developed a reputation among students and administrators as the campus’ biggest provocateur.

She’s easily recognizable in her red Make America Great Again hat and a megaphone sometimes slung over her shoulder — she uses it to troll her liberal classmates. On Twitter, she branded herself “the most hated conservative college student in the state of Texas.”

When students held a protest in January to push for more online classes during the peak of the omicron variant, Neidert went to the top of a nearby parking garage and shouted through her megaphone for more in-person classes. On social media, she tweets statements like, “trans ‘women’ are men, actually,” and “One of my greatest accomplishments is giving Covid to someone who was vaxxed.”

On TikTok, she posted a video in which she approached a group of students holding an event for “Coming Out Day” and said she was coming out as conservative.

Last month, her reputation grew even more after she invited anti-trans political candidate Jeff Younger to campus to speak at a YCT meeting, a move that sparked a massive protest of students who drowned out Younger with expletive-laden screams — Younger responded by calling them communists and telling them to shout louder — until university police ended the event because of safety concerns.

Police hid Neidert in a janitor’s closet to avoid protesters who were roaming the halls, allegedly searching for her.

Neidert repeated the story as a guest on various right-wing media outlets throughout March. She and other YCT members routinely record students’ reactions to her group’s events on campus — which have included protests, students cursing at her and death threats on social media — then share the videos during her media appearances on Fox News, Newsmax and other outlets.

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