Donald Trump (And Trumpism) Broke Milo Yiannopoulos
Milo Yiannopoulos was known for his alt-right trolling, online and off. Now, he’s hanging out on Parler, blaming Trump for ruining his life.
(Content warning: this article contains a reference to, and screenshot of, a social media user telling others to commit suicide.)
Milo has been an icon for the far right, leading protests, holding up the claim that conservative voices face ‘discrimination,’ and standing out as an openly gay man supporting Donald Trump. However, over the course of Trump’s presidency, more than a few things have gone wrong for him. Being disinvited to speak on college campuses was just a window to hold protests, but even at those, he was booed and mocked. Then, according to Washington Post, he lost a book deal, was disinvited from the Conservative Political Action Conference, and was in danger of losing his position at Breitbart. (He would resign a short time later.)
All of this was not because of his Trump support — but his public visibility brought attention to Yiannopouolos’ old video clips, and specifically to one in which he spoke of older gay men having sex with teenage boys. Milo has defended these comments, saying he was only “speaking imprecisely” and not actually advocating pedophilia, telling the Associated Press that his words were “misguided” but that he felt as a victim of child abuse himself, “I kind of figured I could talk about whatever I wanted.”
These, and the loss of his Twitter account over racist tweets directed at actress Leslie Jones, are only a few of the setbacks Yiannopolous has faced to his public life, and they’re all directly related to his own words and behavior.
Still, on Parler, he says that it’s his support of Donald Trump that lost everything for him.
“I lost everything helping to put Trump in office. My life and career were completely destroyed. Was it worth it? No. I feel utterly betrayed. I will have vengeance,” he posted, after the Supreme Court rejected the Texas case that Trump had touted as ‘the big one’ to overturn the election.
In further parleys, he continued to complain about the Supreme Court, declared that he would devote the rest of his life to destroying the Republican Party, and told Q-Anon followers to kill themselves.
Again, all the social and financial consequences Yiannopoulos has faced have been repercussions for his own actions. Still, one oft-pondered aspect of Trumpism is that the apparent Teflon coating that keeps Trump from ever seeming to face consequences for his actions does not extend to his allies and followers. If Milo thought that, like Trump, he could say anything he wanted and still have the support of Trump’s core base, the lost invitations to speak at conservative events must have been disillusioning. Now that Trump, too, seems to be beginning to face some repercussions — losing the presidency, failing to have his carefully-installed Supreme Court team change the outcome of the election for him, and facing legal challenges, including civil cases and potential criminal cases — Yiannopoulos seems to be linking his own sufferings to those of the president he so ardently supported.