UConn College Republicans Call for Civility After Speaker Arrested

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Thursday, November 30, 2017


The University of Connecticut College Republicans are distancing themselves from the White House correspondent for The Gateway Pundit, Lucian Wintrich, after he was arrested Tuesday on campus.

During the speaking event hosted by the College Republicans, Wintrich got into a physical altercation with a woman who stole his notes during his speech at the University of Connecticut.

Gateway Pundit identified this woman as Catherine Gregory; an Associate Director of Career Services and Advising at Quinebaug Valley Community College and Occupy Wall Street activist.

Wintrich’s speech, “It is OK to be white,” focused on the dangers of identity politics, but was received with much backlash. Hartford Fox 61 reports that posters for the event were vandalized leading up to the speech. Protesters in attendance disrupted the speech by booing and chanting. After the event ended, over 100 students waited outside for Wintrich, but he was escorted safely by police out the back door. Later that night, police investigated a smoke bomb that was thrown through a broken window into the area where Wintrich spoke.

 

Student, Sean Miller was arrested for criminal mischief. Miller and Wintrich were both released. Reports claim there was a $1000 bond, but Wintrich denies this in an interview with the Daily Campus.

The UConn College Republicans wrote in their statement, “As Americans, we believe that the right to free speech is paramount and should be protected for all — especially in university and academic settings.”

During the event, the audience heckled and disrupted the event, in which the college republicans condemned claiming “this only impeded those who attended for the purpose of engaging in such a dialogue.”

In the statement, they stress that inviting a speaker does not mean you always agree with them: “As an organization, we do not agree with everything that Mr. Wintrich says, nor should be expected to.”

“We reject the principle that an invitation for discourse follows with a full endorsement of every individual comment or remark made during that conversation. Lucian Wintrich is responsible for his words and his actions,” the group also added, clearly distancing themselves from Wintrich.

Wintrich went to Twitter to express his displeasure.

 

UConn President Susan Herbst says, “We live in a tense and angry time of deep political division… 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 views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Patrick Hauf

Patrick is an incoming sophomore at the University of Maryland, where he is majoring in journalism. He is a contributor, editor, and Kassy’s loyal assistant. This summer he is interning for the Media Research Center’s MRCTV. Outside of politics, he is a devout Catholic and passionate Baltimore sports fan.



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