Milo Yiannopoulos responds to bombshell pedophilia video that set internet afire after CPAC announcement

Following reports that Milo Yiannopoulos would be the keynote speaker at CPAC 2017, a bombshell video surfaced of the controversial personality speaking favorably about relationships between younger boys and older men.

And it was more than enough to draw in a “horrified” Jake Tapper.

Released by the conservative media group The Reagan Battalion, the video captured Yiannopoulus discussing pedophilia during an interview.

*Caution: Adult Language

“We get hung up on this sort of child abuse stuff to the point where we are heavily policing consensual adults,” he is heard saying.

“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,” Yiannopoulos added.

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A person off camera is the heard saying, “It sounds like Catholic priest molestation to me.”

“But you know what? I’m grateful for Father Michael. I wouldn’t give nearly such good head if it wasn’t for him,” Yiannopoulos replied.

A second, longer video was also released:

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which hosts CPAC, defended having Yiannopoulos speak at the upcoming event while taking with The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported that the alt-right personality was tapped as the keynote.

“An epidemic of speech suppression has taken over college campuses,” Schlapp told The Hollywood Reporter. “Milo has exposed their liberal thuggery and we think free speech includes hearing Milo’s important perspective.”

The flamboyant right-wing British provocateur was quick to respond, taking to social media to say the release of the video is part of a coordinated effort by establishment Republicans to discredit him.

In a detailed follow up to an earlier Facebook post, Yiannopoulos clarified his stance on pedophilia while acknowledging he did “joke about giving better head as a result of clerical sexual abuse committed against me when I was a teen.”

“I do not support pedophilia. Period. It is a vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the very worst,” he said on Facebook. “There are selectively edited videos doing the rounds, as part of a co-ordinated effort to discredit me from establishment Republicans, that suggest I am soft on the subject.

Yiannopoulos’ earlier post can be seen here:

Of all people to weigh in on the matter, CNN’s Jake Tapper did, going on an exhaustive Twitter rant after acknowledging that a friend had been sexually abused as a child.

Tom Tillison

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