Founder of ‘Twinks for Trump’ campaign arrested at ‘It’s OK to be white’ speech
The founder of a parody account which pretended to be a gay movement backing Donald Trump has been arrested.
Lucian Wintrich, who works for the right-wing site Gateway Pundit, was arrested at the University of Connecticut.
The White House correspondent was there to deliver a speech called “It’s OK to be white.”
However, he was met with chants of “go home Nazi”, before chaos broke out after a women took a piece of paper from his podium.
Roughly 100 people had turned up to see the right-wing blogger, who started the Twinks for Trump movement ahead of the presidential election in 2016.
The account, which attracted thousands of followers on Twitter, aimed to appeal to members of the ‘twink’ gay subculture who are big fans of Trump’s sensationalist, sometimes-homophobic policies.
One message read: “Twinks support #Trump and we don’t care what you think. He will make American gr8 again. He is daddy.”
Others also pledged their ‘support’, with famed YouTube twink Calum McSwiggan joining in the fun.
— Calum McSwiggan (@CalumMcSwiggan) March 3, 2016
Video footage of the event at the US university shows Mr Wintrich being bundled out of the room after the disagreement escalated.
He was taken into custody shortly afterwards and charged with misdemeanor breach of the peace.
A university spokesperson confirmed to CNN that he was later released on a $1,000 bail bond.
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The writer later tweeted about the incident, adding: “It’s really unfortunate that some of the kids felt the need to be violent and disruptive during a speech that focussed on how the leftist media is turning Americans against each other.
“Tonight proved my point.”
— Mario Boone (@MarioBooneTV) November 29, 2017
A spokesperson from the University confirmed the incident remained open, and that police were reviewing videos to see if any other arrests should be made.
Winrich, a gay conservative himself, has also previously made claims he suffered homophobic assaults in the White House.
No witnesses have since come forward, however, Winrich later wrote a post about the allegations the Gateway website.