‘The Party of Morality & Values’
A day after outrage erupted over CPAC’s announcement that so-called “alt-right” figurehead Milo Yiannopoulos would be a key speaker at theÂ ultra-conservative annual conference, the group has announced that President Donald Trump will also address attendees this weekend.
Nestled between the two announcements was the resurfacing of a video in whichÂ Yiannopoulos defends statutory rape of young teenaged boys by older men.Â
In short, the President of the United States will be speaking on the same stage as a man who defends sex between teens, possibly as young as 13 or 14, and adult, sometimes older men, with full knowledge of both the White House and theÂ American Conservative Union (ACU), the group that organizes CPAC.
â€” Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 20, 2017
To be clear, it is stunning CPAC has not rescinded its invitation toÂ Yiannopoulos after the video again came to light, and it is stunning the organization is hiding behind a claim of “free speech” and First Amendment rights to support its decision to inviteÂ Yiannopoulos, who prefers to be called “MILO.” In years past, CPAC had banned LGBT speakers and refused to allow LGBT groups to hold breakout sessions.
This is not the first time Trump has tied himself to Yiannopoulos. Just a few weeks agoÂ Yiannopoulos, a senior editor at Breitbart, the website formerly headed by Trump’s WhiteÂ House Chief Strategist, attacked the administration of the University of California, Berkeley, after a heated protest broke out over a speechÂ Yiannopoulos was slated to deliver as part of his “Dangerous Faggot” tour of college campuses. While UC Berkeley professor Robert Reich says he “wouldnâ€™t bet against”Â Yiannopoulos and Breitbart collaborating with the agitators, Trump threatened to pull the major research university’s federal fundingÂ â€“ something the President of the United States is not empowered to do.
If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
Now, the White House has decided it’s perfectly acceptable for America’s president to speak at a far-right wing convention that is embracingÂ Yiannopoulos, even after his comments in the 2015 tape, which include,Â “Iâ€™m grateful for Father Michael. I wouldnâ€™t give nearly such good head if it wasnâ€™t for him.”
Yiannopoulos, in a separate video, asked comedian Joe Rogan,Â â€œSo youâ€™re saying youâ€™ve never seen a 15-year-old girl, at any point in your life, that you thought was hot?â€ (Rogan, for the record, very clearly responded no.)
He also says, “there are certainly people who are capable of giving consent at a younger age, I certainly consider myself to be one of them, people who are sexually active younger.”
And: “This is one reason I hate the left. This stupid one size fits all policing of culture. … This sort of arbitrary and oppressive idea of consent, which totally destroys you know understanding that many of us have.”
Some responses via Twitter:
â€” (((TheFaust))) (@FaustMN) February 20, 2017
â€” PinkEyeglass (@PinkCynwes) February 20, 2017
â€” Letters of Note (@LettersOfNote) February 20, 2017
Trump boasts of heterosexual assault, while Milo Yiannopoulos defends gay pedophilia. Who says conservatism doesn’t embrace diversity?
â€” Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) February 20, 2017
Uh, so obvious question for the White House: Why is Trump fine sharing the stage at CPAC with an alt-right bigot who’s into pedophilia?
â€” Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) February 20, 2017
Trump to share CPAC podium w/ Milo, now best known for saying he’s grateful to an old priest who taught him, as a child, to give good head
â€” Howie Klein (@downwithtyranny) February 20, 2017
Milo called the notion of consent â€œarbitrary and oppressiveâ€ and Trump just likes to grab â€˜em by the pussy!
The party of morality & values
â€” âœ¨ Edward Leto âœ¨ (@eddluxe) February 20, 2017
â€” (((Dr. Nana))) (@nanainbyron) February 20, 2017
â€” Pam Howard (@pamhhoward) February 20, 2017
Editor’s note: It is NCRM’s policy to not publish articles aboutÂ Milo Yiannopoulos unless they involve actual and important news. It is also our policy to no longer use the term “alt-right” unless it’s in an appropriate context. We believe this article meets those standards.Â
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‘Name Me One Thing’: Biden Blasts Republicans for Not Being ‘For’ Anything
During his press conference Wednesday afternoon President Joe Biden blasted the Republican Party, suggesting they stand for nothing.
“Think about this: What are Republicans for?” the President asked. “What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for.”
“And so, the problem here is, I think what I have to do,” Biden said, noting a change in tactics, “I have to make clear to the American people what we are for,” referring to his Democratic Party.
Republicans during the 2020 presidential election literally stood for nothing: they didn’t bother to craft a 2020 platform.
“What are Republicans for? What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for.” — President Biden pic.twitter.com/b9V8NwUzwC
— The Recount (@therecount) January 19, 2022
Manchin Moves to Upstage Biden: Schedules Speech on Filibuster During Presidential Press Conference
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is taking a page out of fellow pro-filibuster Democrat Krysten Sinema’s book: giving a Senate floor speech during a critical presidential event.
Senator Sinema chose to be MIA during President Joe Biden’s rare trip to Capitol Hill recently to meet with Senate Democrats to shake hands and twist arms to convince holdouts to support changes to the filibuster so they can pass his democracy-protecting agenda.
Senator Manchin has chosen to schedule a Senate floor speech on preserving the filibuster at 4:30 PM ET, smack-dab in the middle of President Biden’s rare press conference, this one taking a look at his first year in office.
News via HuffPost’s senior politics reporter Jennifer Bendery:
INBOX: TODAY AT 4:30 PM: MANCHIN TO SPEAK ON SENATE FLOOR ON FILIBUSTER, VOTING RIGHTS LEGISLATION
YES HIS OFFICE SENT IT OUT IN ALL CAPS
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) January 19, 2022
He’s not sitting with his own party.
Manchin is talking to Romney both seated in the back of the Senate chamber on the Republican side of the aisle ahead of the WV Senator’s floor speech.
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) January 19, 2022
Watch Live: President Biden Holds Press Conference on His First Year in Office
President Joe Biden will hold a press conference on Wednesday at 4:00 PM ET, discussing his first year in office.
Many across the media are framing this as an opportunity for him to address his “failing” legislative and economic goals while never reporting that Republicans have done all they can to block it – including pushing a pro-COVID agenda.
You can watch live, below, via several different feeds. Most cable news channels are expected to carry the press conference live, and you can also watch online and on cable via C-SPAN.
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