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Matt Walsh wants grad student arrested for ‘distribution network’ of hormone drugs
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The conservative commentator posted publicly available addresses and phone numbers, called for student to be arrested

Daily Wire commentator Matt Walsh posted publicly available university email addresses and phone numbers for University of California Santa Cruz administrators in a video on his YouTube account Monday, days after giving them an ultimatum to take action against one of their doctoral candidates accused of promoting a plan to send prescription hormones to children.

The student, Eli Erlick, “boasted of an illegal drug scheme to distribute prescription hormone medications to children,” according to the Post Millennial, a conservative Canadian news site. Erlick has been “trans since age 8,” according to the student’s tweet.

Erlick is a PhD candidate at UC Santa Cruz, “researching political philosophy, social movements, and trans history,” according to Twitter. Erlick previously tweeted “Supreme Court assassination challenge” in response to the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade.

“There are over 20 states trying to criminalize hormone therapy, particularly for trans youth,” Erlick wrote in a May Instagram post shared on Twitter August 5 by Libs of TikTok. The post has apparently been deleted from Erlick’s Instagram page.

“So, my friends and I had an idea: sending out our extra prescriptions around the country,” Erlick wrote. “If you need hormones, I’m working with a distribution network to get you access. Everything is free, no questions asked. We have hundreds of doses of testosterone, estradiol, and spironolactone available right now. All are prescribed by doctors and unused.”

It is not clear if anyone has obtained drugs through this network.


Walsh also warned in his video that he would next reach out to the Board of Trustees and the school’s donors and, if necessary, go to the school with others to protest if UCSC still failed to act, according to the video he posted to YouTube. “You cannot ignore us. That is not an option,” Walsh said.

The video had nearly 180,000 views as of Wednesday.

In an earlier video, posted August 9, Walsh outlined Erlick’s alleged drug trafficking plan, gave his followers a DEA tip link and encouraged them to contact law enforcement. He also issued the ultimatum.

“Erlick excitedly told 40,000 plus followers about a brilliant plan to circumvent state laws banning doctors from prescribing hormones to gender-confused minors,” Walsh said. “Erlick’s genius scheme…which remained published on Instagram for nearly three months…the scheme was to gather leftover prescription hormone pills and mail them to anyone who wants them.”

“The university ought to know, and ought to act upon the fact, that one of their PhDs is an admitted drug trafficker,” Walsh said in the video.

Walsh said he reached out to the UC Santa Cruz Chancellor Cynthia Larive but had not yet heard back.

“I’m going to give her the rest of the day to respond and to explain what steps were taken to address this very troubling situation,” Walsh said. “But if I still cannot get ahold of her after today, it will be my duty and responsibility as a citizen to share the publicly available contact information for the administration and encourage all of my [followers] to call and email demanding the university take action.”

“[W]hat should happen from here is that [Erlick] is kicked out of school, deplatformed, arrested, and put under criminal investigation by both federal and state authorities,” Walsh said.

Walsh is ‘foreshadowing a wave of appalling attacks,’ Erlick alleged

“Matt Walsh just released the contact info for my chancellor to his 1+ million subscribers,” Erlick tweeted August 15, resharing the information. “He’s threatening to protest at my university for refusing to adhere to unjust laws targeting trans youth. He is foreshadowing a wave of appalling attacks on all organizers in academia.”

“I ‘released’ publicly available contact information already published on the school’s website,” Walsh retorted in an August 16 tweet. That is not a crime and not a violation of YouTube’s rules.”

Erlick followed up by accusing Walsh of “stochastic terrorism,” which is defined as “the public demonization of a person or group resulting in the incitement of a violent act, which is statistically probable but whose specifics cannot be predicted,” according to dictionary.com.

The College Fix reached out to Erlick and Walsh as well as UCSC Chancellor Cynthia Larive, media relations, and campus police, all via email this week, to inquire about potential legal action, a university response and whether any parties had received menacing or threatening communications. It has not received a response.

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IMAGE: Matt Walsh/YouTube

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About the Author
College Fix contributor Terrance Kible is a law student at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Duquesne University. He hopes to pursue a career in journalism. Terrance also writes for the law blog Legal Insurrection, where he was a 2023 College Fix summer intern. Terrance previously wrote for Campus Reform.