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Lucian Wintrich, the White House correspondent for the far right website The Gateway Pundit, has been arrested after he appeared to assault a female student after his “It’s OK to Be White” speech at the University of Connecticut on Tuesday.
Wintrich, 29, was interrupted by protesters who chanted and shouted him down throughout his speech on the UConn campus. He was invited to speak there by the UConn College Republicans.
After the speech, Wintrich was waiting at the front of the room, where he was confronted by two students. One of the students, a woman, then appears to grab a copy of Wintrich’s speech from his podium. He then chases her up an aisle of stairs, grabbing her and appearing to assault her before police pull him away and out of the building. You can watch video of that moment here:
Police told protesters outside the building that Wintrich was arrested and the Hartford Courant confirmed that report. It is not known what charges he will face.
Wintrich was taken by police into a restroom area after the incident, and during the chaos a window was broken.
Students and other protesters then gathered outside the hall where the speech was held.
Wintrich was eventually led out of the building by police:
A UConn spokesperson told Fox 61 that Wintrich was “detained” after the event.
The event began at 8 p.m. in the Andre Schenker Lecture Hall. The event was not paid for with university or other public funds, the school said.
“UConn does not bar speakers on the basis of content. Free speech, like academic freedom, is one of the university’s bedrock principles,” UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz told the Hartford Courant. “That being said, a particular speaker’s or group’s presence on campus doesn’t indicate UConn’s endorsement of the presenter or their message. Any student group is free to reserve on-campus space for a speaker or other program as long as the event adheres to UConn’s guidelines, which apply to all student groups and on-campus programming.”
The UConn College Republicans advertised the event as an “opportunity to meet someone on the front lines of the media versus Trump battle.” Wintrich was scheduled to talk about “identity politics, liberal victimhood, anti-conservative bias and other hot-button issues.”
A police presence was on hand throughout the event and Wintrich struggled to get through his speech due to constant interruptions, including chants of “Go home Nazi,” and “Black Lives Matter.”
Wintrich works for The Gateway Pundit, a conservative blog founded by Jim Hoft best known for spreading conspiracy theories. He became the site’s White House correspondent and was credentialed by the White House following the election of President Trump, according to Politico.
Gateway Pundit wrote about Wintrich’s arrest Tuesday night, portraying him as the victim.
Hoft, the site’s founder, wrote, “After the room was clearing out a far left couple approached Lucian at the podium and began harassing him. At one point the women STOLE Lucian’s material. Lucian screamed at her and jumped at her. The woman fell to the floor and the room erupted!
“Lucian was the victim of a criminal act. And police took Lucian away in a squad car. This is what you can expect being a conservative on a college campus today,” Hoft wrote.