Crisis averted. Milo is out at CPAC. That’s what happens when you’re in a video condoning pedophilia. Oy-gevalt. Here’s the statement from ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp on the controversial Milo Yiannopoulos:
ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp:
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 realize that Mr. Yiannopoulos has responded on Facebook, but it is insufficient. It is up to him to answer the tough questions and we urge him to immediately further address these disturbing comments.
We initially extended the invitation knowing that the free speech issue on college campuses is a battlefield where we need brave, conservative standard-bearers.
Over 100 people will speak at CPAC starting on Wednesday. We give great thought to who is invited to speak, but the CPAC platform is not an endorsement of everything a speaker says or does. We continue to believe that CPAC is a constructive forum for controversies and disagreements among conservatives, however there is no disagreement among our attendees on the evils of sexual abuse of children.
President Donald Trump will speak Friday. Vice-President Mike Pence will speak Thursday and we’ll be there covering every moment of it. Maybe we’ll even have a few surprise interviews. Hmmm…