A conservative commentator giving a speech titled “It’s OK To Be White” was arrested at the University of Connecticut on Tuesday night following an altercation.
Lucian Wintrich, 29, is a White House correspondent for The Gateway Pundit. He was arrested after a woman attending the event appeared to grab his speech from a lectern before racing off, according to several cellphone video posted on social media.
Wintrich grabbed the woman from behind in an attempt to get the speech back as she was walking away, which led to several people jumping in before security broke it up.
Wintrich was charged with a misdemeanor of breach of peace and released after posting a $1,000 bond.
“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,” university spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said, according to the Hartford Courant.
Wintrich accused students of being “violent and disruptive" in a tweet posted Wednesday morning.
“It’s really unfortunate that some of the kids at @UConn felt the need to be violent and disruptive during a speech that focused on how the leftist media is turning Americans against each other,” he wrote. “Tonight proved my point.”
It's really unfortunate that some of the kids at @UConn felt the need to be violent and disruptive during a speech that focused on how the leftist media is turning Americans against each other. Tonight proved my point.— Lucian B. Wintrich (@lucianwintrich) November 29, 2017
Noted conservative commentator Ben Shapiro weighed in the situation, stating both sides were at fault.
1. Stealing people's notes is dumb and bad.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 29, 2017
2. This is a NUTS response to someone stealing your notes.https://t.co/HMD509CTf6