Lucian Wintrich, whose controversial photography project featured provocative shots of young, gay Trump supporters, will now cover Sean Spicer’s daily briefings, despite little experience as an actual journalist.
“I will be the first rational voice that the American people have had in White House press in ages,” the young conservative declared in a Facebook post announcing his credentials.
The addition of Wintrich is raising concerns that the Trump administration is favoring media outlets that support the president, and the gay blogger admitted to the New York Times that he’d be “doing a little trolling of the media in general” while at the White House.
— Lucian B. Wintrich (@lucianwintrich) February 15, 2017
The 28-year-old, who is friends with Milo Yiannopoulos and refers to Trump as “daddy,” has posted frog emojis on social media in reference to Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character that has been adopted by white supremacy and anti-Semitic groups as a symbol of their cause.
Wintrich defended his political views in an essay for Advocate last year, arguing that it is hypocritical to assume that conservatives are predisposed to bigotry.
“I have never been met with more intolerance and vitriol than I have from the left, particularly the members who hide behind the internet anonymity of social media,” he wrote. “[Some] on the left have gone so far as to send me death threats. Fortunately, they do not believe in gun ownership, so I don’t feel that threatened.”