CPAC Cancels Milo Yiannopoulos as Speaker Over Pedophilia Comments

Prior to last night's audio release, CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp stressed that free speech was a big reason for inviting Yiannopoulos to speak.

Controversial right-wing journalist Milo Yiannopoulos has been dropped from speaking at a major U.S. political conference after a podcast emerged in which he endorsed sexual relationships between "younger boys and older men".

Yiannopoulos took to Facebook to defend himself as he explained that being gay and a victim of childhood sex abuse made him believe he could say anything on the subject.

BuzzFeed News has reached out to CPAC for comment.

"If so", he said in an email, "I haven't heard that". By Sunday, following the release of the two incendiary videos, the chorus of dissent had grown almost deafening. But other ACU board members have publicly denounced Yiannopoulos and revealed that they were not consulted on his invitation. "#CPAC2017" When Milo's critics did not back down, Schlapp tweeted again, "I think it is wonderful that with all leftwing hate on campus you attack him". Yiannopoulos - who was booked as a keynote speaker - has now been disinvited from the event.

"Apparently the racism and anti-Semitism wasn't a deal breaker", Goldberg said.

While pleading guilty to "imprecise language", however, Yiannopoulos insisted that he did not condone pedophilia and was "implacably opposed" to normalizing it. Period", he wrote. "It is a vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the very worst. He also says relationships with older men can give young boys "security and safety", before jokingly defending a priest who allegedly molested him.

"I'm grateful for Father Michael", Yiannopoulos said. Just didn't think it'd come from a CPAC speaker, "tweeted Joe Carter, an editor and writer for Acton Institute, The Gospel Coalition, and the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission".

CPAC is essentially the annual prom for American conservatives. Schlapp also tweeted Monday that President Donald Trump will speak at the conference on Friday morning. Ted Cruz, who competed against Trump in the Republican primary, was greeted enthusiastically. The site's founder and namesake, Andrew Breitbart, spoke there in 2012, weeks before his death.

Trump has become a regular attendee of the high-profile conference in recent years. Bannon formerly ran the conservative website Breitbart, where Yiannopoulos is an editor.

Earlier this month, after University of California at Berkeley police canceled a talk by Yiannopoulos and put the campus on lockdown amid protests against his speech, Trump threatened to pull federal funds from the institution.

The alt-right provocateur was banned from Twitter in July 2016 after instigating abuse at Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones. But by Monday, the pressure - particularly from those on the right - proved too much.

Yiannopoulos clarified his position in a "note for idiots" shared on his Facebook page: "I do not support paedophilia".

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