Lucian Wintrich

Gay Alt-Right White House Correspondent Arrested During Speech

Dozens of UConn students jeered as Lucian Wintrich was carted away by police.

Lucian Wintrich, a White House correspondent for the alt-right website Gateway Pundit was arrested Tuesday night following an altercation at the University of Connecticut.

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The 29-year-old, who was also behind the controversial “Twinks 4 Trump” photography campaign, was giving a speech titled “It’s Okay to Be White” when students began heckling and chanting “Go home, Nazi” and “Black lives matter.”

In his remarks, Wintrich said that liberals “want black people to dress like they did in Africa 300 years ago, they want Muslims to dress the way they’ve always dressed. The left wants them to seem like visual advertisers for their multicultural utopia they’re claiming to promote.”

As the crowd of about 350 students continued to protest, Wintrich shouted back at them. When a young woman stepped up to the podium and took his notes, footage posted to Twitter appears to show Wintrich chasing after her and physically grabbing her.

He was arrested and charged with breaching the peace, and released on $1,000 bail. (Another man who attended the event with him was also led away by campus police but not arrested.) Nearly 100 students waited outside Andre Schenker Lecture Hall to see Wintrich brought out by authorities so they could heckle him further. Some even chased after a police cruiser as it drove away with him in the back seat.

Meanwhile, protests escalated in the lecture hall where he had been speaking: A smoke bomb was thrown into the room and one student, 19-year-old Sean Miller, was arrested for breaking a window.

“This was a very disappointing evening,” UConn’s president Susan Herbst said in a statement. “Thoughtful, civil discourse should be a hallmark of democratic societies and American universities, and this evening fell well short of that.”

UConn student Leann McLaren told The Hartford Courant. Wintrich “was coming from a legitimate hateful, stupid and illogical side.” She added that it was “a bad look” for a college promoting “diversity and inclusion for everybody.”

The speech was sponsored by the campus College Republicans, who promoted Wintrich’s talk as an “opportunity to meet someone on the front lines of the media-versus-Trump battle.” The group, which claimed Wintrich would discuss “identity politics, liberal victimhood, anti-conservative bias and other hot-button issues,” has declined to comment on his arrest.

Wintrich was scheduled to give the same talk at the University of Massachusetts on November 17, but the event was postponed after administrators took issue with the title.

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