‘There Are Boundaries’: Matt Schlapp Speaks Out on Yiannopoulos’s CPAC Disinvitation
Matt Schlapp, chair of the American Conservative Union, said on Morning Joe Tuesday that the tape of Milo Yiannopoulos speaking about pedophilia was a step too far, warranting the Breitbart editor to have his invitation to the upcoming CPAC conference rescinded.
“We are OK with having controversy on the stage at CPAC. We don’t endorse everything every speaker says,” Schlapp began. “But over the weekend I was made aware of these comments and it just broke through very important boundaries and we felt like the CPAC stage was not an appropriate place for this any longer.”
Milo Yiannopoulos, the firebrand provocateur who has championed free speech to the tune of on-campus riots in direct opposition of his live appearances, drew sharp criticism after a video was made available by The Reagan Battalion on Sunday. Yiannopoulos “advocates” for pedophilia, going on to say:
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.
After it was revealed that ACU board members were not consulted about Yiannopoulos’s appearance at the conference, the controversy continued to grow; Schlapp was forced Monday to disinvite the Breitbart editor altogether.
“He came to see me,” Schlapp said Tuesday about Yiannopoulos. “He wanted to make some remarks about his experience on campus where he is often shut down,” citing the recent Berkeley riots as an example. “The chilling of free speech on campus is wrong.”
However, the ACU was clearly forced to draw the line after the video emerged late this weekend. When asked about the difference in Yiannopoulos’ politics and the shaded nuance between his hybrid brand of conservatism and self-described libertarianism, Schlapp replied, “I do think we’re throwing around a lot of lingo, trying to characterize it,” while splitting the hairs of political identity. “The fact is, he’s got a voice that a lot of young people listen to.”
Mika Brzezinski called the move to disinvite Yiannopoulos, “Somewhat of a no-brainer.”
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