In an interview with The New York Post, Lucian Wintrich, the gay far-right Trump supporter who founded “Twinks4Trump,” discussed the “corona potluck” he organized earlier this month and discouraged people from washing their hands.
Wintrich, who once wrote for the far-right site Gateway Pundit, says he came up with the idea after learning about “chickenpox parties” — gatherings where (mostly anti-vaxxer) parents deliberately bring their kids to infect them with chickenpox hoping to build up their immunity.
Wintrich, 31, sent the potluck invitations to his friends, according to LGBTQNation. The invitations featured an image of the coronavirus speared by a fork and a kid with chickenpox. Dont [sic] wash your hands, bring your fav dish!” the invitation read.
“They can’t diagnose us all!” the invitation also reads.
Wintrich said he held the potluck because he wanted the virus to spread in order to build up immunity. He has no medical degree yet claimed those who attended wouldn’t develop severe symptoms. He offered no explanation or evidence as to why he thinks this.
“The majority of folks I invited, if they got it, would recover fairly quickly and build up an immunity to the present form of COVID-19,” he said. “It was relatively inspired by the chickenpox parties that were all the rage in the 90s.”
Wintrich held the potluck at his apartment and it was attended by about 20 people. One attendee likened the coronavirus to Britain being bombed by the Nazis during WWII.
“When Britain was being bombed by Nazi Germany during the blitz, they kept the f*cking stores open,” the attendee said. “People went about their lives.”
A previous version of this article stated that Wintrich currently writes for the Gateway Pundit. That’s incorrect. It has since been updated.