Report: Breitbart employees threaten to quit if Milo Yiannopoulos is not fired

A senior editor at Breitbart News said on Monday that several employees of the news organization have threatened to quit if Milo Yiannopoulos is not fired concerning his controversial remarks about pedophilia.

"The fact of the matter is that there's been so many things that have been objectionable about Milo over the last couple of years, quite frankly. This is something far more sinister.

"If the company isn't willing to act, there are at least half a dozen people who are willing to walk out over it.

"Talking about young boys and somehow seeking to ameliorate concerns over young boys' relationships with older men. I'm pretty sure everyone in the company would vomit upon hearing these words.

"What right-thinking person doesn't feel sick to their stomach when hearing something like that?" the senior editor told the Washingtonian.

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Union Chairman Matt Schlapp announced on Monday that Milo Yiannopoulos’s invitation to speak at CPAC 2017 has been rescinded.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 am a gay man, and a child abuse victim. I would like to restate my utter disgust at adults who sexually abuse minors.

“The videos do not show what people say they show. I did joke about giving better head as a result of clerical sexual abuse committed against me when I was a teen.

"If I choose to deal in an edgy way on an internet livestream with a crime I was the victim of that’s my prerogative. It’s no different to gallows humor from AIDS sufferers.

"I am horrified by pedophilia and I have devoted large portions of my career as a journalist to exposing child abusers. I've outed three of them, in fact -- three more than most of my critics.

"And I've repeatedly expressed disgust at pedophilia in my feature and opinion writing. My professional record is very clear.

"But I do understand that these videos, even though some of them are edited deceptively, paint a different picture.”

"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.

Yiannopoulos claims that he meant young men and not actual “boys” when speaking in the video.

“I did say that there are relationships between younger men and older men that can help a young gay man escape from a lack of support or understanding at home. That’s perfectly true and every gay man knows it.

"But I was not talking about anything illegal and I was not referring to pre-pubescent boys. I shouldn’t have used the word ‘boy’ when I talked about those relationships between older men and younger gay men," Yiannopoulos said.

Yiannopoulos also took a shot at his conservative critics.

“This rush to judgment from establishment conservatives who hate Trump as much as they hate me, before I have had any chance to provide context or a response, is one of the big reasons gays vote Democrat," Yiannopoulos said.

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