It took one interview with Breitbart’s provocative Milo Yiannopoulos to convince a gay liberal journalist that he was playing on the wrong team.
Chadwick Moore wasn’t looking forward to the interview “Out” magazine had assigned him, calling Yiannopoulos “a loathed figure” in the gay community, and “a nasty attention-whore.”
— New York Post (@nypost) February 12, 2017
“I knew featuring him in such a liberal publication would get negative attention,” he told the New York Post.
But after the story ran in late October, the hate from the “tolerant left” began.
“I woke up to more than 100 Twitter notifications on my iPhone,” he said. “Trolls were calling me a Nazi, death threats rolled in and a joke photo that I posed for in a burka served as ‘proof’ that I am an Islamophobe.”
And what was worse was that some of the hate came from personal friends — those he’d known for years, who found the article “irresponsible” and “dangerous.”
And for what?
“All I had done was write a balanced story on an outspoken Trump supporter for a liberal, gay magazine, and now I was being attacked,” Moore told the Post. “I felt alienated and frightened.”
After keeping a low profile for a week Moore headed off to a gay bar he’d patronized for more than a decade — and got the same cold shoulder.
“Upon seeing me, a friend who normally greets me with a hug and kiss pivoted and turned away,” Moore recalled.
And the hate continued. On Christmas eve a “longtime friend” sent him a lengthy text message in which he was called “a monster,” was asked what happened to his soul and told that all his friends were laughing at him.
“I realized that, for the first time in my adult life, I was outside of the liberal bubble and looking in,” Moore said. “What I saw was ugly, lock step, incurious and mean-spirited.”
And he realized liberals are against the exercise of free speech
“If you dare to question liberal stances or make an effort toward understanding why conservatives think the way they do, you are a traitor,” Moore realized.
That’s when he began reaching out to conservatives — and found a wholly different mindset.
“[A]s I met more Trump supporters with whom I was able to have engaging, civil discussions about issues that impact us all, I realized that I like these people,” Moore told the Post, “even if I have some issues with Trump himself.”
And when he realized he’s politically closer to the right than he is to the left, a whole new world opened to him.
“I’ve come around on Republican pundit Ann Coulter, who I now think is smart and funny and not a totally hateful, self-righteous bigot,” Moore said. “A year ago, this would have been unfathomable to me.”
Moore wasn’t the only person that the left kicked out of its tent. And other conservatives said, “come on in — the water’s fine!”
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Moore concluded with one wish for fellow New Yorkers.
“I hope that New Yorkers can be as open-minded and accepting of my new status as a conservative man as they’ve been about my sexual orientation.”
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