Kent State Gun Girl

Kaitlin Bennett

Kent State Gun Girl flexes MAGA hat in airport, calls TSA ‘non-essential’

She said TSA 'jobs are disposable' after going through airport security.


Alyse Stanley


Posted on Jan 31, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 8:14 pm CDT

The conservative pundit Kaitlin Bennett, better known as the Kent State Gun Girl for posing with an AR-10 at a campus infamous for the shooting deaths of four students, just disparaged the Transportation Security Administration on the heels of the country’s longest government shutdown—during which many TSA agents worked without pay.

After wearing President Donald Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” hat through airport security, Bennett stopped to snap a photo. “Went through TSA with my #MAGA hat on to remind everyone that their jobs are disposable and they’re non-essential. Their paychecks come from someone else’s paychecks. What a world we live in where we accept that,” she wrote in a caption on Twitter Thursday, including hashtags like #AbolishTheTSA and #TaxationIsTheft.

The post was ratioed faster than you can say “white privilege.” Twitter users were quick to defend both the TSA’s functions and its workers who went without paychecks for weeks on end. Others also noted the hypocrisy of a self-identifying conservative calling to abolish taxes while simultaneously championing for government funds to construct a border wall.

Bennett, who recently hosted an InfoWars-themed sleepover in a bizarrely unfurnished apartment, balked at the many users calling the TSA’s defense of national security essential. “Remember that time they caught a terrorist and did something useful? Me neither,” she tweeted Thursday evening.

To put it lightly, Twitter disagreed. The dunking commenced.

Hours later, Bennett posted again, clearly unfazed by the onslaught of comments. She wrote she would “never apologize for speaking the truth” or cave to the “leftist mob.”


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*First Published: Jan 31, 2019, 7:32 pm CST