American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp announced Monday that Breitbart.com senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos's invitation to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference has been rescinded.
"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," Schlapp said in a statement on Twitter.
"We continue to believe that CPAC is a constructive forum for controversies and disagreements among conservatives, however there is no disagreement among attendees on the evils of sexual abuse of children," he said.
Full statement below:
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 20, 2017
CNN correspondent Ryan Lizza said he spoke with Yiannopoulos, who was not aware of CPAC's latest decision, but told Lizza he still plans to travel to Washington, D.C. for the event. "I just got off the phone with Milo Y. He was unaware of this decision and said he's probably still coming to DC," Lizza said on Twitter.
I just got off the phone with Milo Y. He was unaware of this decision and said he's probably still coming to DC. https://t.co/YxCAjLyC7I
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) February 20, 2017
ACU announced on Saturday that Yiannopoulos would be speaking at CPAC this week, indicating they anticipated some form of backlash over the decision. "We realize that this invitation will be accompanied by controversy which we think the conservative movement and our CPAC attendees can handle," Schlapp told the Washington Post.
By Sunday, a video surfaced of Yiannopoulos condoning pedophilia, expressing that some homosexual children benefit from relationships with older men.
"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," he said in the damning video.
Yiannopoulous has long been seen as a member and instigator of the alt-Right movement, a movement that has racist and anti-Semitic roots. His history of offensive, racist, and abusive remarks led the social media website Twitter to permanently ban him from using the site in July 2016.