Following right-wing “provocateur” and white supremacist Milo Yiannopoulos’ controversial appearance on Real Time, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) booked the Breitbart editor as keynote speaker. This news caused some raised eyebrows, which have now arched in disgust after an audio tape surfaced of Yiannopoulos endorsing pedophilia.
Yiannopoulos, who was recently credentialed for a White House presidential briefing, once penned a Breitbart column to blame the left for defending pedophilia. Now, this newly released audio reveals him endorsing the practice (and praising priests who molest underage boys). In the clip, he describes a disturbing scenario, which prompts an unnamed person to remark, “It sounds like Catholic priest molestation to me.”
He receives this response from Yiannopoulos: “But you know what? I’m grateful for Father Michael. I wouldn’t give nearly such good head if it wasn’t for him.” Here’s more of what he said about pedophilia:
“We get hung up on this sort of child abuse stuff to the point where we are heavily policing consensual adults … In the homosexual world, particularly, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men — the sort of ‘coming of age’ relationship — those relationships in which those older men help those young boys discover who they are and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable, sort of rock, where they can’t speak to their parents.”
The full version of Yiannopoulos’ comments can be heard in this audio clip, which — clearly — is disturbing material:
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Yiannopoulos has already taken to Facebook with “a note for idiots,” in which he claims that he would never defend pedophilia. And he’s blaming “sloppy phrasing” along with “deceptive editing” for his current plight as a recipient of Internet rage.
Twitter is currently reeling over the audio, and CNN’s Jake Tapper tried to refrain from commenting, but he says a friend (who is a sex trafficking survivor) urged him to speak out: “Please don’t let that be normalized.” Tapper wonders how CPAC could possibly defend Yiannopoulos now.
Before this audio surfaced, CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp told Hollywood Reporter that the organization was drawn to book Yiannopoulos following protests of his U.C. Berkeley appearance: “An epidemic of speech suppression has taken over college campuses. Milo has exposed their liberal thuggery and we think free speech includes hearing Milo’s important perspective.”
It remains to be seen whether CPAC will withdraw their invite after the release of this audio, which contains some of the worst things Yiannopoulos has ever said. And that’s saying something.
Here’s a not-so-casual reminder that President Trump threatened to defund U.C. Berkeley after protests forced Yiannopoulos to cancel his appearance.