Lucian Wintrich, the “Twinks For Trump” blogger and White House correspondent for conservative site The Gateway Pundit, was arrested Tuesday night after he forcibly grabbed a woman present at one of his speeches.
Lucian Wintrich arrested following altercation with a woman
Wintrich followed the woman who took the papers as she went back into the audience, and the altercation occurred as he tried to retrieve the papers, according to the university and video recordings of the event. He was eventually led out of the Andre Schenker Lecture Hall by campus police.
The speech was titled “It Is OK to Be White” and sponsored by the UConn College Republicans, who declined to comment before and after the event. A Facebook event for the speech said Wintrich would “discuss identity politics, liberal victimhood, anti-conservative bias and other hot-button issues.”
“Video of the altercation shows that the guest appeared to remove paperwork from the lectern where Mr. Wintrich was speaking, and that he followed the woman into the audience, where the altercation occurred,” UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said.
“This was a very disappointing evening,” UConn 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.”
We live in a tense and angry time of deep political division. Our hope as educators is that creative leadership and intellectual energy can be an antidote to that sickness, especially on university campuses. Between the offensive remarks by the speaker who also appeared to aggressively grab an audience member and the reckless vandalism that followed, that was certainly not the case on our campus tonight. We are better than this.
Reitz said Lucian Wintrich was held by UConn police and charged with breach of peace and released on $1,000 bail.
Watch video of Lucian Wintrich arrested by campus police below:
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