Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–February 20, 2017
The Conservative Political Action Conference, aka “CPAC”, has been steadily re-inventing itself as the platform for America’s worst people for some time now, so it wasn’t too much of a surprise when they selected Breitbart’s own alt-right troll and white nationalist apologist, Milo Yiannopoulos, as keynote speaker. He would have fit in well with the people shouting that black Americans should be thanking America for slavery, and the people who claim that the United Nations is coming to take your children and replace them with bike lanes, and the people who claim that conservative anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and other CPAC big-wigs are themselves secretly In League With The Muslims, and so on and so forth.
Oh, but then the CPAC team found out—because they didn’t research Yiannopoulos themselves, before inviting him to give a keynote address, but merely presumed that since liberals didn’t like him he must be a great thinker—that between his white nationalist, anti-immigrant, anti-women, racist, ultra-juvenile poop-throwing antics he also defended grown men raping young boys, and that was too much.
Due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation of Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference. […]We initially extended the invitation knowing that the free speech issue on college campuses is a battlefield where we need brave, conservative standard bearers. […]
Got it. They invited him because they had heard college campuses were protesting his events; presumed it was because they were against his “free speech”; actually got wind of the sort of “speech” his events featured and backed all-the-damn-way-out once they got themselves a whiff of that.
Yes, it turns out that the “liberals” who don’t like alt-right “Milo” may have had a point. Why, maybe he is an odious human being who doesn’t deserve a platform for spewing a constant stream of hate masquerading as “edgy” half-comedy. It turns out that a ideological platform no more substantive than liking whatever liberals don’t like will, sooner or later, end up with you shaking hands with supporters of things like child rape. Go figure.
But note that Milo’s support for anti-Semites wasn’t the thing that did him in. His advocacy for the nation’s most prominent white supremacists wasn’t it. His bizarre trolling episodes—seemingly devoted to nothing more than being mind-numbingly hateful and offensive and celebrating as “funny” saner people’s condemnations of his antics—was enough to consider him a “conservative standard bearer.” None of his past statements were enough to keep him from being invited to speak as one of the top “conservative” voices in the movement—until they found out about the pedophilia bit. And considering the habits of the now-sitting president, who both bragged about and who was confirmed to have invited himself into teenager’s changing rooms while the contestants dressed for his beauty competitions, it seems even the pedophilia has some fudge factor built in.
Meanwhile, the folks at Milo’s day job apparently don’t quite know what to do with him either. Breitbart “News” was, like CPAC, fine with their writer promoting anti-Semitism, xenophobia, racism, misogyny and whatever else he could stuff into his self-promoting appearances and columns, but now some of them are threatening to themselves walk if he doesn’t get the boot.
That video in question, by the way? It’s over a year old. Nobody thought it disqualified him from being a “conservative standard bearer” for a full year, while they were shouting about liberals oppressing him and while the now-president snuffled that well maybe if universities weren’t going to let him speak in their own venues maybe those universities should lose their funding. So is the problem that he recorded the video in the first place, or is the problem just that it’s creating publicity problems now that his fellow conservatives find themselves attached to it as well?