The Right Wing has exclusively confirmed that American University College Democrats President Chris Litchfield was actively involved with the protest against AZ Gov. Jan Brewer. The protest, which took place January 24, resulted in Gov. Brewer’s early exit from the University. College Republicans organized the event.
This confirmation comes after nearly a week of investigation by The Right Wing and weak denials by the AU Dems. Following the protest, the AU Democrats Executive Board put out a statement reading in part:
Despite the divergent views of the AU College Democrats and Governor Brewer, we want to make it clear that the AU College Democrats had no role in organizing or orchestrating the protest at Governor Brewer’s event on Friday.
While it may be true that the AU College Democrats had no role in the protest as an organization, the President of the club did, in fact, play an active role.
On February 22, Litchfield shared news of the event with the “Occupy AU” Facebook group, telling the 154 members that “some folks might want to have a dialogue” with the Governor.
It is unclear what role, if any, Litchfield played in planning the disruption. However, The Right Wing has obtained photographic evidence that he actively participated in the protest following the initial mic check.
The image below appears to show Litchfield on the roof of Mary Graydon Center while the banner was hanging from the roof. It is unclear what role, if any, he had in making or hanging the banner.
The Right Wing has also obtained clear footage that shows the AU Dems President interacting with members of the protest outside of the Kay Spiritual Life Center. The images below, taken from that footage, definitively show that Chris Litchfield was a part of the protests.
It should also be noted that Litchfield answered the poll from The Eagle, which asked whether interrupting a speech is an acceptable form of protest. In a contradiction to the AU Dems’ statement, he answered ‘yes.’
This comes just months after Litchfield was recorded taking part in an Occupy DC rally which blocked a handicapped woman from exiting a building.
The Right Wing will continue to investigate this matter. We are working to bring you raw video from outside of Kay and are investigating multiple leads associated with the planning and execution of the protests.
Countless others have contributed to this exclusive report, including Right Wing writer Paul Bencivenga. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.
UPDATE: The Right Wing has released a short video clip of Litchfield speaking to the protesters. This video, plus a short statement explaining the motivations behind our investigation, can be viewed here.
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