It's the Oscar and Felix of fascism! pic.twitter.com/CjWckTgMRa
— Schooley (@Rschooley) February 20, 2017
Back in 2014, DougJ quoted TPM’s Josh Marshall:
… In recent years, especially since Obama became President, CPAC’s wild press popularity and attention has been driven by what we might call a tacit conspiracy of derp between the event organizers and the people who cover it. You be outrageous; we’ll be outraged. And everyone will be happy. (After all, crap like this doesn’t happen by accident.) This has become even more the case as the contemporary Conservative Movement has become less a matter of ideology than a sort of performance art…
So, not really outside the CPAC norms when “Dad to 5 angels, husband… American Conservative Union Chair” Matt Schlapp announced a spot at this year’s conference for the freshest Hot Young Contrarian ‘Conservative’…
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 18, 2017
Per the Washington Post:
… [The announcement] came just hours after Yiannopoulos, who has told college audiences that “feminism is cancer” and that the gay rights movement should abandon transgendered people, appeared on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” leading to progressive criticism of Maher.
Contrary to some reporting, Schlapp said, Yiannopoulos was not giving the conference’s “keynote” speech, which typically closes out the weekend. But his prominent invitation underscores how much the presidential victory of Donald Trump — whom Yiannopoulos calls “daddy” — changed the tone of mainstream conservatism.
Earlier this month, after University of California at Berkeley police canceled a talk by Yiannopoulos and put the campus on lockdown amid protests against his speech, Trump threatened to pull federal funds from the institution….
By 2015, the first year that Schlapp presided over the ACU — and thus over CPAC — the event was welcoming back some previously ostracized speakers. This year, Breitbart chief executive-turned White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon has a speaking slot; Kellyanne Conway, another key strategist, is on the ACU’s board…
But then!… some of the sulking True Conservatives who feel CPAC has gotten entirely too ‘edgy’ (not everybody is a fan of ‘performative’ anti-Semitism, or of sending an army of twitter-trolls to harass actress Leslie Jones) dug through Mr. Yiannopoulos’ copious online archives…
— Yashar (@yashar) February 20, 2017
Oh, how the Lie-brals rejoiced!…
Breitbart's Milo Yiannopoulous in his own words: "We get hung up on this child abuse stuff." https://t.co/FLlBjiqafB
— Bryan Dawson (@BryanDawsonUSA) February 20, 2017