Milo Yiannopou­los, a racist, sex­ist, trans­pho­bic hate­mon­ger

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By D’ANNE WITKOWSKI

Milo Yiannopou­los is, es­sen­tially, a pro­fes­sional hate-tu­mor. He’s young, white and gay and says su­per out­ra­geous hate­ful shit. And con­ser­va­tives love him. Col­lege con­ser­va­tive groups love to in­vite him to come spew in­vec­tive at their cam­puses across the coun­try. He was slated to speak at UC Berke­ley on Feb. 1 but protests, dur­ing which some pro­test­ers be­came vi­o­lent, forced the school to can­cel.

You don’t have to do much dig­ging to find racist and sex­ist shit Yiannopou­los has said. But a very good ex­am­ple is a speech he gave at the Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin, Mil­wau­kee in De­cem­ber 2016 where he showed the crowd the name and photo of a spe­cific trans­gen­der stu­dent at the school and pro­ceeded to mock her. “He got into the women’s room the way lib­er­als al­ways op­er­ate, us­ing the gov­ern­ment and the courts to weasel their way where they don’t be­long,” Yiannopou­los said. He then de­clared that this stu­dent wasn’t suc­ceed­ing in be­ing a “pass­ing tranny.”

His ar­gu­ment, es­sen­tially, is that this stu­dent was a threat to women on cam­pus be­cause she was trans and used the same locker rooms. Not ex­actly a new ar­gu­ment from the right, but this time it was, lit­er­ally, per­sonal.

Free speech doesn’t mean that you get a free pass to ter­ror­ize a trans stu­dent on cam­pus be­cause you hap­pen to have a “dif­fer­ing view­point” about whether her life is worth any­thing or not.

Free speech is a fun­da­men­tal right, sure, but the fact that stu­dent con­ser­va­tive and Repub­li­can groups are pay­ing Yiannopou­los, to spew his fas­cist garbage says an aw­ful lot about what it means to be a con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­can th­ese days. And by the looks of the protests against not just Yiannopou­los but also against Don­ald Trump, Amer­i­cans will choose equal­ity and jus­tice over those who speak out against them.

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