Milo Yiannopoulos, who is an open-homosexual populist/nationalist, has been confirmed to speak at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference.
The Hollywood Reporter stated the following:
The Washington gathering, known as CPAC, is the premiere event for established conservatives. This year’s speakers include Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, as well as media personalities like Lou Dobbs and Mark Levin.
None of the 60 or so confirmed speakers, though, will have more stage time than Yiannopoulos at this year’s event, which runs Feb. 22-25 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The speeches will be broadcast live on C-SPAN.
Organizers of CPAC are set to officially announce Saturday the addition of Yiannoppoulos [sic], whose Friday night appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher has been a hot topic among conservatives and liberals alike. On the show, he criticized HBO stars Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman and Lena Dunham and addressed his well-known problem with actress Leslie Jones.
Yiannopoulos told The Hollywood Reporter his CPAC presentation will focus on his “experiences in America battling feminists, Black Lives Matter, the media, professors and the entertainment industry.”
This decision was made by the American Conservative Union Chair Matt Schlapp, and was not approved by the ACU Board.
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 18, 2017
He’s not keynoting and the ACU board had nothing to do with this. Report: Milo Yiannopoulos tapped to keynote CPAC. https://t.co/iV4sYIN95v
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) February 18, 2017
ACU Board Member Ned Ryun confirmed this failure of board consultation via Twitter. Ryun told PJ Media that he will be issuing a press release about the decision this Monday. According to the conservative news organization, other board members are reportedly unhappy. After much controversy, Schlapp released the following statement on Twitter:
The fact of the matter is that Yiannopoulos does not identify nor profess to be a conservative; therefore, why has he being invited and confirmed to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference?
CPAC is supposed to serve as a conference to represent the conservative sector of the United States. This idea that anyone, who believes anything, is automatically a “conservative” is a myth. It is apparent that this myth has been a philosophy heavily embraced and promoted by Schlapp.
This acceptance shows that Schlapp is unsuitable to serve as chairman of the ACU, because he has not fully grasped what the conference is supposed to represent and revealed that he is interested in popularity over conservative principles.