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'Twinks4Trump' Founder Jams East Village Apt for 'Corona Potluck'

Tuesday Mar 31, 2020
Lucian Wintrich in a photo from his "Twinks4Trump" series.
Lucian Wintrich in a photo from his "Twinks4Trump" series.  (Source:Twitter)

But was there hydroxychloroquine in the punch?

Alt-right "Twinks4Trump" founder Lucian Wintrich recently held a "Corona Potluck" at his East Village apartment, the New York Post reported.

The out Wintrich is best-known for having been the White House correspondent for the far-right news and opinion site "The Gateway Pundit." He found notoriety when he premiered his photo series "Twinks4Trump"
as part of "Wake Up!," the LGBT party at the Republican National Convention at the 2016 Republican convention in Cleveland.

He was also seen on "Gateway Pundit" publisher Jim Hoft Twitter feed in a pic of Hoft and himself at the lectern of the White House briefing room in a hand gesture associated with Pepe—the cartoon frog who is considered a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League and a harmless mascot by many Trump supporters," Politico reported.

"Lucian Wintrich has always been a poor man's version of Milo Yiannopoulos," quipped John Gallagher on the website LGBTQ Nation.

For this party, Wintrich sent select friends (all under 50, he noted) received an invitation that featured a boy with chickenpox in the lower right and a stock image of the coronavirus with a fork in it.

"They can't diagnose us all," reads the invite Wintrich sent to a select group for the March 14 gathering. "Don't wash your hands... Bring your fav dish!"

He rationalized the party to the Post: "The majority of folks I invited, if they got it, would recover fairly quickly and build up an immunity to the present form of COVID19." And said was inspired by those chicken pox parties that he remembered as a child in the 1990s.

20 people attended — "jammed his artfully-decorated apartment, drinking and socializing under Wintrich's massive erotic oil painting depicting the murder of Abel, encased in a gilded baroque frame," the Post reports.

One partygoer saw the attending the soiree as an act of Churchillian proportions: "When Britain was being bombed by Nazi Germany during the blitz, they kept the f—king stores open. People went about their lives." Another, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of workplace reprisals, saw themselves as a victim of big government: "We get a flu ... and we shut everything down. ... We have completely handed over our civil liberties ... and anyone who wants to go out and live a normal life is semi-ostracized."

But for Brian Alacorn, 24, the reasons were simpler: "I went because Lucian is my friend and he texted me. I thought I shouldn't, because of the social distancing — but my friends were already outside and I just kinda went."

At the time of the party, Broadway theaters had been closed; and just hours later, schools, bars and restaurants would follow suit. In the March 15th guidelines, the city health department recommended people 'keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others, whenever possible,' and cease all non-essential travel, and the federal government has urged all Americans to avoid crowds of 10 or more.


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