Leftists and Establishment Conservatives Freak Out Over MILO CPAC Speech

Following the news that MILO will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conference, both leftists and establishment conservatives have taken to Twitter to express their outrage.

Freedom of speech and the protection of the First Amendment have become one of the defining issues for the conservative movement, especially amongst young people.

Based upon experiences on his nationwide college tour — where the events have aroused numerous violent protests by left-wing activists, attracting worldwide attention — the invitation is further confirmation that MILO is now the leading free speech advocate in America’s conservative movement.

The speech will, therefore, focus on issues of free speech and the state of modern American conservatism, but will also include MILO’s experiences battling the leading left-wing movements and institutions, third-wave feminism, the media, ideologically driven college professors, Black Lives Matter, violent “black bloc” activists, and progressive elites in the entertainment industry.

Matt Schlapp, Chair of the American Conservative Union (ACU), the organizers of CPAC, announced MILO’s speech on Twitter, stating that “free speech includes hearing MILO’s important perspective.”

Leftists and establishment conservatives were not happy with the announcement. Conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg, editor of the National Review, an establishment publication that strongly opposed Donald Trump’s campaign for the Republican nomination in 2015 and 2016, said the announcement was “sad and disappointing.”

Josh Hammer, a columnist for the Resurgent and Daily Wire, described the decision as an “utter disgrace,” adding that he would rather “thirds at the buffet line behind Lena Dunham and Rosie O’Donnell than watch Milo Yiannopoulos give [his] keynote address.”

David Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and current senior editor at The Atlantic, solemnly shared the news with his followers, describing it as “kind of fated.”

T. Becket Adams, a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner, took a similar tone.

Jonathan Cook, the public relations representatives for Conservatives for Environmental Reform, confirmed he definitely wouldn’t be attending the conference owing to his belief that CPAC is now “embracing the alt-right.”

Weekend editor at The Daily Beast Scott Bixby claimed the speech showed that CPAC is “fine with [inviting] queer conservatives,” but so long as they are “neo-fascists.”

Joe Perticone, a congressional reporter at the conservative Independent Journal, pointed out that MILO’s keynote would give him “more stage time than the Vice President.”

Economics editor of British magazine The Week, Jeff Spross, said that the invitation showed CPAC “being honest with us now about what they stand for.”

The left-wing PAC ‘One Wisconsin’ asked whether Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and state Governor Scott Walker would boycott the conference, or instead “endorse this vermin.”

“Oh cpac” was all the Daily Beast social media editor, Asawin Suebsaeng, could offer on the subject.

However, others disagreed with the backlash against MILO. Scott Greer, deputy editor of the Daily Caller, said MILO “draws in people, adds energy, and creates debate.”

LGBT for Trump founder Chris Barron welcomed CPAC’s decision to invite MILO.

Harry Khachatrian, a writer for the Daily Wire and Rebel Media, also ridiculed the criticism.

Radio host Glenn Beck, a prominent critic of MILO and the changing direction of the conservative movement, is yet to comment on the decision.

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