BREAKING: @lucianwintrich appears to attack a @UCONN student during speech after she took something off podium. https://t.co/WAcNYAak7c— Kevin Galliford (@Kevin Galliford) 1511920920.0
A conservative speaker was arrested after a physical altercation with a woman during an event at the University of Connecticut on Tuesday night.
Lucian Wintrich is the White House correspondent for the Gateway Pundit, and he was on campus to give a talk titled, “It’s OK to Be White,” at the invitation of the UConn College Republicans.
Students and other audience members shouted at Wintrich throughout his talk, and one woman even grabbed his notes and attempted to walk off with them.
Wintrich chased her down and grabbed her around the neck and attempted to get his notes back. That’s when he was restrained and arrested.
He was charged with breach of peace and was escorted from the building, along with another arrested attendee who was charged with breaking a window.
Wintrich commented on the ordeal in a series of Twitter posts after being released on bail.
It's really unfortunate that some of the kids at @UConn felt the need to be violent and disruptive during a speech… https://t.co/83ny0IEY4V— Lucian B. Wintrich (@Lucian B. Wintrich) 1511932511.0
Adding irony to the entire ordeal, I was arrested for "Second Degree Breach of Peace." Apparently, "Peace" is anyth… https://t.co/QPGZ2tYwMI— Lucian B. Wintrich (@Lucian B. Wintrich) 1511933004.0
Update: I will peruse legal justice against the woman who stole my property and the University that failed to secur… https://t.co/ijaRRwn2nt— Lucian B. Wintrich (@Lucian B. Wintrich) 1511974654.0
While Wintrich received plenty of support on Twitter after the ordeal, not all conservatives were fully on his side. Ben Shapiro of The Daily Wire observed that while the woman who stole Wintrich's notes was clearly in the wrong, Wintrich also reacted in a disproportionate manner.
1. Stealing people's notes is dumb and bad. 2. This is a NUTS response to someone stealing your notes. https://t.co/HMD509CTf6— Ben Shapiro (@Ben Shapiro) 1511925028.0
A spokeswoman for UConn said the school is investigating the incident, including the woman who stole Wintrich's notes. University President Susan Herbst also issued a statement.
"This was a very disappointing evening. 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."