Wintrich at the Yale Club of New York City
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
|Employer||The Gateway Pundit (2016-2018)|
|Notable work||Twinks4Trump (2016, photo series)|
Lucian Baxter Wintrich IV is an American writer, speaker, and the former White House correspondent for The Gateway Pundit. He was among the first members of the White House Press Corps to be openly gay and one of the youngest. Wintrich has been described as a member of the "alt-right", an association he has denied.
Wintrich was born Lucian Einhorn in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up in its collegiate Squirrel Hill neighborhood. He received his BA from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where he majored in political science. Prior to high school, Wintrich attended the experimental prep school Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School, and then Taylor Allderdice High School. Wintrich's paternal grandfather, Jerzy Einhorn, was a medical doctor born in Sosnowiec, Poland, who served as an officer in the Polish resistance. Wintrich's own father is Jewish.
By age 18, Wintrich had legally changed his name to "Lucian Baxter Wintrich IV." He claims that he did so both to protect his relatives and to boost his public persona. Wintrich's adopted generational suffix is fictitious.
Wintrich attained public attention with his pro-Donald Trump presidential candidacy series "Twinks4Trump", photographs of mostly shirtless gay twinks sporting "Make America Great Again" baseball caps. According to David Freedlander of The Daily Beast, Wintrich was also organizer of a "performance art show" which Wintrich billed as "the first pro-Trump art show in the nation's history". Wintrich has collaborated with Milo Yiannopoulos, a former editor at Breitbart News. Although he initially embraced the alt-right label, he later disavowed it, saying that Richard Spencer ruined the term.
The day before Donald Trump's inauguration, Wintrich was named as the inaugural White House correspondent for The Gateway Pundit, which was newly granted White House briefing credentials by the incoming administration and is a right-wing website which is known to publish hoaxes and conspiracy theories.
On February 15, 2017, Wintrich was scheduled to speak to the College Republicans at NYU, but the talk was postponed due to security concerns. On March 23, 2017, he eventually spoke to the NYU College Republicans.
On March 10, 2017, Wintrich was confronted by a fellow White House correspondent, Jon Decker of Fox News in the White House Briefing Room, who loudly accused Wintrich of being a white supremacist. After the briefing, Wintrich was approached by April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, who filmed him answering questions about whether or not he was a racist. Ben Jacobs of The Guardian described Wintrich engaging with Ryan as him "holding his own briefing because nothing matters."
On November 28, 2017, Wintrich was arrested after an altercation in which he grabbed a woman who had snatched his papers from the speaker's lectern he was using during a talk at the University of Connecticut entitled "It's OK to Be White". He was charged with breach of peace. In December 2017, the charges against Wintrich were dropped and the woman who took the papers was charged with attempted sixth-degree larceny and disorderly conduct. She stated through her attorney that she took Wintrich's speech as a form of protest. The charges against her were later dropped after she agreed to a one year campus ban and a $500 donation to the university.
In February 2018, Wintrich tweeted the false conspiracy theory that some survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, who had spoken to the media about a need for gun reform in the wake of the tragedy, were "trained actors who were recruited by [George] Soros-linked organizations as spokespeople after a crisis." The tweet was liked by Donald Trump Jr. but was widely criticized by others, notably the shooting survivor David Hogg, whom Wintrich had accused of being "heavily coached" for interviews.
On August 10, 2018, Right Wing Watch published an account of Wintrich's appearance on a white nationalist podcast hosted by Nick Fuentes. During the podcast, Wintrich and Fuentes discussed immigration, "anti-white racism", and the alleged intellectual inferiority of certain ethnic groups.
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