Founder and Editor-in-Chief Daniel Schmidt
I’m Daniel Schmidt — a 15-year-old political commentator and opinion writer. Or at least that’s what I like to call myself.
In my freshman year of high school, at the age of 14, I founded The Young Pundit, with the goal of establishing a hard-hitting conservative commentary outlet featuring youthful, incisive, and unbought voices.
I have always been greatly engaged in politics ever since I could read in a somewhat decent fashion. Events that normally did not attract the attention of kids my age — presidential debates and inaugurations, speeches by world leaders, political commentary programs — would encapsulate my attention for hours upon hours.
It wasn’t until the 2016 presidential election, however, that I learned I had a true passion for writing opinion pieces on the latest political events, usually in a somewhat witty manner. I have always been an extremely opinionated person, but my interest in political commentary didn’t truly blossom until the fall of 2016. What caused it? Who knows. Maybe it had something to do with the mainstream media’s consistent attempts to propagate a false narrative. Or maybe it was prompted by countless viewings of Donald Trump’s authentic and straightforward rhetoric. Whatever sparked this newfound interest, I was hooked.
In early 2018, I came to the realization that the most effective medium for expressing my two cents wouldn’t be some pretentious website managed by a group of Ivy League graduates but a digital outlet founded and run by me. Unknowing of what I was doing, I created The Young Pundit during my first year of high school.
After a year of writing and managing the website day in and day out, I am hoping The Young Pundit can become something much more purposeful than just an individual blog. The mission is ambitious, sure, but if you are interested in learning about it, and the meaningful reason why I founded The Young Pundit, click here.
It would be amiss of me to not note the numerous inspirations that shaped my way of thinking and style of writing. Tucker Carlson’s simple yet incredibly crisp way of thought, columnist Matt Walsh’s witty and satirical approach to opinion writing, and Andrew Breitbart’s brave and insubordinate approach to journalism, among many others, have enlarged my passion even further.
Thanks for taking the time to read about me. It means a great amount.
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