CPAC rescinds Milo Yiannopoulos invitation: Cites pro-pedophilia comments

American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp announced on Monday that Milo Yiannopoulos’s invitation to speak at CPAC 2017 has been rescinded.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.

“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,” Schlapp said.

In the video, Yiannopoulos says that relationships between older men and young gay boys can be beneficial. Yiannopoulos also discusses being sexual assaulted.

Yiannopoulos has denounced claims that he is advocating pedofilia. He went on to call pedofilia a "disgusting crime."

"I do not support pedophilia. Period. It is a vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the very worst. 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.

"If it somehow comes across (through my own sloppy phrasing or through deceptive editing) that I meant any of the ugly things alleged, let me set the record straight: I am completely disgusted by the abuse of children," Yiannopoulos posted on Facebook.

Schlapp called Yiannopoulos' response on Facebook "insufficient."

"We realize that Mr. Yiannopoulos has responded on Facebook, but it is insufficient. It is up to him to answer the tough questions and we urge him to immediately further address these disturbing comments," Schlapp said.

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