A platform of hatred. A plethora of racist, misogynistic and transphobic remarks. But through it all, many stood by far-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos, often defending his right to free speech.
Over the weekend, however, the Breitbart editor finally crossed what may have seemed a non-existent line, sending the American Conservative Union, publishing house Simon & Schuster and others who once supported him running.
The breaking point: defending pedophilia.
Video surfaced Sunday in which Yiannopoulos appears to condonesexual relationships between adults and 13-year-old boys, saying, We get hung up on this kind of child abuse stuff.
He was disinvited Monday from ACUs annual Conservative Political Action Conference, where he was scheduled to speak along with Vice President Mike Pence,White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and President Donald Trumps strategist Steve Bannon. The groups president, Matt Schlapp, said Yiannopouloss response on Facebook was insufficient.
Among his other deserters was alt-right Twitter personalityBaked Alaska.
Yiannopoulos offensive verbal assaults have been plentiful. Among the more memorable was a racist attack againstSaturday Night Live and Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones,for which he was permanently banned from Twitter.
Violent protests this month shut downhis planned appearance at the University of California, Berkeley, campus.
Unsurprisingly, many took to Twitter on Monday to blast the ACU and others, pointing out their willingness to ignore Yiannopoulos bigotry up to a certain point.
Yiannopoulos has scheduled a press conference Tuesday in New York City.