Lucian Wintrich, a White House correspondent for the Gateway Pundit, was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly accosting a woman at the University of Connecticut, where he was delivering a speech titled “It’s OK to Be White.”
Wintrich, who is also the Washington, DC, bureau chief for the Gateway Pundit, was captured on video leaving the podium and rushing towards a woman in the audience who he appears to grab from behind, the Hartford Courant reported.
Well… maybe this made it all worth it… here is my actual mug shot from tonight: pic.twitter.com/SzSrw4GsgJ
— Lucian B. Wintrich (@lucianwintrich) November 29, 2017
Stephanie Reitz, a University of Connecticut spokesperson, confirmed to BuzzFeed News that Wintrich was arrested shortly before 9 p.m. and taken into custody by campus police.
The blogger was charged with breach of peace and later released on a a $1,000 nonsurety bond, Reitz said.
The altercation was captured on video from multiple angles:
The moment, about half an hour ago, that Gateway Pundit blogger Lucian Wintrich appears to accost a woman during a speech at UConn pic.twitter.com/R4Dd9eY1v4
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) November 29, 2017
— Kevin Galliford (@KallMeKG) November 29, 2017
Law enforcement was seen escorting Wintrich out of the room with his hands behind his back.
— Mario Boone (@MarioBooneTV) November 29, 2017
Buzzfeed News notes:
The arrest came amid a raucous evening at the University of Connecticut. According to Fox 61, Wintrich’s speech was met by boos and interruptions. Video from the scene shows the blogger drinking milk — which has been adopted as a symbol on the far right — while a crowd chants “go home, Nazi.”
After Wintrich’s removal, crowds continued to congregate at the scene, and journalists there reported seeing both broken windows and smoke canisters. Campus police later announced that they had arrested one person, University of Connecticut student Sean Miller, for allegedly breaking a window as people left the lecture hall, but are still investigating the origin of the smoke bomb.
“This was a very disappointing evening,” University of Connecticut 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,” Herbst continued. “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.”
The Gateway Pundit regularly pushes pro-Trump content as well as far-right conspiracy theories, including the widely debunked idea that the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich was politically motivated.
In February 2017, the Trump administration granted the website press credentials to cover the White House.
Buzzfeed notes: “An image shared by the Jim Hoft, the website’s founder, shows him and Wintrich in the White House press room making a gesture popular among members of the alt-right.”
— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) February 13, 2017
According to Media Bias Fact Check: “The Gateway Pundit is a hard-right website that is not afraid of conspiracy theories and the occasional flirtation with outright white supremacists. Not a credible source that occasionally publishes fake news.”