One of the unforgettable faces of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign tells followers on Gab the truth about the Republican party and conservatism: it’s a scam.
Milo Yiannopoulos is a far-right, neo-fascist political figure who became the face of “Gays For Trump” in 2016 (though he’s recently decided to condemn his orientation for religious reasons). He also spoke at a LGBTQ+ event as part of the Republican National Convention that year. Yiannopoulos might have played a small role in 2016, but he knows a lot about the GOP’s massive fundraising operation. He was part of it.
In 2014, he went to work for Steve Bannon at Breitbart and was supported by billionaire and GOP puppet master Robert Mercer (Cambridge Analytica, Parler). Mercer was one of Donald Trump’s largest contributors in 2016, which might explain why Yiannopolous decided to campaign for the then-candidate.
His luck changed in 2017 after a video came out of him encouraging a group of white supremacists and neo-Nazis to harass a female bartender. Both Bannon and Mercer reportedly cut ties to Yiannopoulos after the incident. Other videos of him have surfaced in which he argues that sex with children as young as 13 should be legal.
Without Mercer’s support, Yiannopoulos tried to pay his bills by touring college campuses. Those plans fell short when his arrival at American universities sparked protests, sometimes led by campus anti-fascist organizations.
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