Breitbart News Employees Revolt, Will Quit If Milo Yiannopoulos Stays


Update: Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned from Breitbart. He said it would be wrong for his words to reflect on his colleagues.

A senior editor at the right-wing publication Breitbart News tells the Washingtonian that “at least a half-dozen” employees are prepared to leave the company if Milo Yiannopoulos is not promptly fired. A second Breitbart source confirms this estimate.

The controversy surrounding Breitbart IT Editor-in-Chief Milo Yiannopoulos has hit the staff with at least half a dozen employees threatening to quit if he isn’t fired.

“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,” the senior editor says. “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 abut 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,” the source continues. “What right-thinking person doesn’t feel sick to their stomach when hearing something like that?”

The apologies aren’t helping. Charlie Gasparino told Fox Business Monday. Inside Breitbart, he warned, some senior people are saying Milo’s statements are a bridge too far.

Gasparino said Milo likes to be provocative and push the envelope. He pushed this one too far.

A video in which he seemingly condones pedophilia went viral after he was asked to speak at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Convention by Chairman Matt Schlapp.

Even before the nearly-two-year old video resurfaced, Mr. Schlapp was defending himself on Fox News for his choice of not only choosing Yiannopoulos as a speaker, but as a keynote speaker.

Even as early as Friday, appearing on Real Time, Mr. Yiannopoulos said he didn’t know if he was conservative.

The Reagan Battalion, a conservative blog posted a link to the video in which Yiannopoulos suggested boys as young as 13 years of age were old enough for a sexual liaison with an adult male.

“Pedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody 13 years old, who is sexually mature. Pedophilia is attraction to children who have not reached puberty. Pedophilia is attraction to people who don’t have functioning sex organs yet who have not gone through puberty,” Yiannopoulos said.

The Reagan Battalion is a NeverTrump, pro-Evan McMullin website. Their Facebook page is filled with Evan McMullin ads. Like this one:

It’s a Bill Kristol group.

Yiannopoulos quickly responded with two apologies on Facebook, one was a video which he has since taken down. He plans to give a press conference in New York City Tuesday at 3 pm.

In his apology, he stated, “I do not support pedophilia. Period. It is a vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the very worst,” he writes. He went on to denounce the videos as “selectively edited,” “part of a coordinated effort” among “establishment Republicans” to “discredit” him.

Past tweets of Milo’s condemning pedophilia have also surfaced.

Yiannopoulos makes a career out of making outrageous, provocative comments and using his Twitter account to troll some people on the left. He was banned from the nInternet at one point. He’s been met by violent protests from the left when he goes o speaking engagements.

His lucrative book deal for Dangerous was cancelled once the video resurfaced.

In the end, the senior editor told the Washingtonian there will be a mass exodus if the well-liked but controversial Yiannopoulos doesn’t leave. “There are rules, there is ideology, and there is philosophy in conservatism,” the senior editor says. “If nothing comes of this, we’ve broken all of them.”

In a sidenote, Salon deleted their disgusting pro-Pedophilia articles by Todd Nickerson before they too decided to join the attacks against Yiannopoulos.

Meanwhile, Mr. Yiannopoulos remains optimistic.

Be forewarned, the tape everyone is talking about is offensive for most people. Judge for yourself. We believe his comments were taken out of context.

In the past, Milo has been outspoken in his opposition to Pedophilia.

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