In an apparent response to a report by Right Wing Watch, Jim Hoft, founder of the right-wing blog Gateway Pundit, publicly announced this weekend that the site’s former White House reporter, Lucian Wintrich, had quietly left the site “several weeks ago.”
Last week, Right Wing Watch reported that Wintrich told us he was on paid leave from Gateway Pundit when we noted him engaging in a conversation promoting scientific racism with white nationalist podcast host Nicholas Fuentes. Although Hoft claims that Wintrich had left the site weeks ago, during the podcast, which first aired on August 7, Wintrich still claimed he was employed at the site and was introduced as “New York City bureau chief from the Gateway Pundit.” Hoft never responded to our emails.
I’d like to wish Lucian Wintrich the best of luck and blessings on his next endeavor after leaving Gateway Pundit several weeks ago.
— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) August 10, 2018
In response to his public termination and a testament for how definitely-not-mad he is, Wintrich took to Periscope and said he named a lobster he was about to boil after this reporter.