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Conservative Reporter Lucian Wintrish Arrested After Attacking a Woman

Lucian Wintrich, whose name sounds like he could be a Harry Potter character, was arrested Tuesday night after physically attacking a woman who was leaving the room where he made a speech. Wintrich was at the University of Connecticut where he delivered the speech, “It’s OK to Be White.” Altercations and controversy should be expected, and he seemed to be taken aback that people confronted him after the speech.

A man and woman were speaking to him at the podium when the woman took what seemed to be papers from the stand and began to walk up the stairs. Wintrich immediately took off after her and grabbed her from behind, wrapping his arms around her and pulling her down to retrieve whatever she was holding.

Another angle shows a closer view:

Wintrich is a White House correspondent and a Washington D.C. bureau chief for the right-wing website, Gateway Pundit. The website was founded by Jim Hoft in 2004 and picked up popularity during the 2016 election because of it’s pro-Trump and far-right content. For some reason, in February 2017, the website was granted credentials to report for the White House. Hoft tweeted a photo of himself and Wintrich in the White House press room using a gesture affiliated with alt-right.

Gateway Pundit is notorious for posting conspiracy theories and pushing a far-right agenda.

A spokesperson for the university, Stephanie Reitz, confirmed that Wintrich was taken into custody after his speech and was charged with a “breach of peace” before being released on a $1,000 nonsurety bond.

Gatway Pundit blamed Wintrich’s arrest on a “far left mob” and claimed they shut down the event. Wintrich was categorized as “missing” and the website claimed “police took him away and we have NO IDEA where they are holding him!” According to BuzzFeed, that update has since been removed.

Wintrich’s speech was met with protests and was interrupted by boos as well as chants of, “go home, Nazi.”

“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.”

Wintrich was released shortly after midnight and he reassured his cronies through Twitter:

Big scumbag alert.

[via BuzzFeed]

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