The New York Post reports “Right-wing firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has tapped none other than the far-right provocateur and British political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos as an intern.
“Yiannopoulos, 37, said he landed a new gig as an unpaid intern for Greene in a Telegram post alongside a photo of a congressional ID badge.”
Is Milo Yiannopoulos hanging onto his relevance by a thread? Apparently so. The former editor of Breitbart, Yiannopoulos, is hanging on to his relevancy by taking an unpaid gig with a Member of Congress trying to hold on to her own influence.
Milo Yiannopoulos’s hate speech
The alt-right has risen to prominence, thanks in large part to the rise of Milo Yiannopoulos. The far-right personality, who calls himself “Daddy” and calls Trump a “white supremacist,” has a huge following on YouTube and has allegedly been linked to neo-Nazis and white nationalists. He once sang karaoke and got a “Sieg Heil” salute from members of the audience. Despite his recent detractors, he has remained an ardent supporter of the alt-right, and is considered by many of them one of their heroes.
His failed book deal
The pursuit of a book deal by Milo Yiannopoulos with one of the biggest publishers in the country went up in smoke after his continued promotion of outrageous behavior and hate speech. The cancellation also meant that he never received the sweet advance of $250,000.
His Twitter ban
The Twitter ban of conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos is a historic decision and likely a stepping stone to better tools to deal with abuse. Previously, Yiannopoulos had been banned from the platform several times, but the permanent ban now means his content is off limits to users. Twitter’s stance on the matter is based on the fact that Yiannopoulos used the platform to harass other users, goading them into attacking him.
His resigning from Breitbart
After the backlash that accompanied the video of Mr. Yiannopoulos’s comments on child sexual abuse, the tech editor at Breitbart News, Milo Yiannopoulos, resigned. He has apologized for remarks that he deemed did not reflect his own views. The video, which was widely shared and led to Mr. Yiannopoulos’ resignation from the conservative news site. His resignation came after being denied a speaking engagement at the Conservative Political Action Conference and his book deal collapsing with Simon & Schuster.
It is beyond awkward for Rep. Greene, as a self described defender of children and enemy of child molesters everywhere, to have Yiannopoulos (who is allegedly soft on pedophiles) on her staff in any position.
Obviously a story like this will generate significant interest, but it is doubtful it is the type that will help one’s political career.