On Saturday, Matt Schlapp, the head of the American Conservative Union, which sponsors the premier conservative confab, the Conservative Political Action Conference, wrote on Twitter: “We think free speech includes hearing Milo’s important perspective. #CPAC2017.” On Monday, he announced that Milo Yiannopoulos had been disinvited.
The decision to rescind the invitation was prompted by the surfacing of videos — long available on the Internet — in which Yiannopoulos praised pederasty, i.e. sex between older men and pubescent boys as young as 13.
From the outset, many on the right who do not consider themselves part of the Cult of Milo opposed his invitation. The disturbing thing is that, absent these videos, we would have lost the fight.
Even now, Schlapp defends the initial decision to invite Yiannopoulos. On Monday’s ”Morning Joe,” he insisted: “The fact is, he’s got a voice that a lot of young people listen to.” A lot of young conservative people, he should have added, precisely because he enrages so many young liberals.
And that’s part of the problem