Organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference announced Monday that they have withdrawn a speaking invitation to Milo Yiannopoulos, a gay conservative Breitbart editor, after video surfaced of him defending sexual relationships between 14 year-old boys and grown men.
Critics on the left and right attacked CPAC this weekend when video of Yiannopoulos’ comments about young boys was circulated on Twitter by The Reagan Battalion, a group that bills itself as a conservative news source. On Monday, The Reagan Battalion posted a second video where Yiannopoulos said that when women talk about their sexual assault experiences it is “really just a way for women to tell you that they’ve been hit on.” He then added that “all college rape claims are fraudulent”.
In a statement Monday, American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp said, “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.”
Yiannopoulos had become a hero in some conservative circles over fiery rhetoric and disdain for political correctness, especially on college campuses. Earlier this month his speech at the University of California Berkeley was canceled after protests of his appearance turned violent. Trump responded by threatening to pull funds from the school.