Milo on Leftist Abuse and Violence: Media ‘Created’ Environment Where It’s Okay to Say Anything About the Right, ‘Way of Legitimizing’ Violence, by Ian Hanchett. One day after the riot at Berkley.
On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Breitbart Editor Milo Yiannopoulos stated, “The media has created this environment in which it’s okay to say almost anything about somebody who is right of Jane Fonda. … And it’s a way of legitimizing, in some cases, as happened last night, violent responses.”
Milo said, “I’m not any of the things that these posters characterize me as in an effort to legitimize the violence. But, even if I were, I don’t think it would matter, for the reasons you say.”
He described the events in Berkeley the night before as, “[S]uddenly, there were explosions outside. There were firecrackers and rocks being hurled at the building. The police were having things hurled at them. And we — I was evacuated to the fifth floor, like by the fire escape. It was all very exciting. And then, suddenly, I was being taken out of the building. I was informed that I was being evacuated, because there were hundreds of protesters outside, blowing things up, hurling things of the police. The police weren’t — didn’t seem to me to be doing very much aside hiding inside the building. The ground floor had been stormed. So, we had to rush down to the parking lot, find one car, and our exit was blocked. So, we run — we ran to another car We finally got in one. And I was bundled in, put in a bulletproof vest, and whisked away, and that is the price you pay for being a libertarian or a conservative on American college campuses.”
He added that he had been called the “usual slurs that they wheel out in a sort of effort to legitimize violence against you. You know, they want to call you the worst possible name. It’s like the punch a Nazi thing, right? Well, I could imagine a reasonable person being taken someway along the argument of like, it’s okay to punch Nazis. But the problem is that the left calls everyone Nazis. So, basically, they can punch [anybody].”
Calling out the media:
Milo further said, “[T]he real people that I want to hear from are the guys who are on CNN, who are legitimizing ordinary conservatives being called white supremacists, anti-Semites, racists, sexists, when they’re not. There’s inevitable, obvious consequence to this.
On the dire loss of freedom for speech for non-leftists:
Milo concluded, “There’s a reason why there’s this extraordinary bifurcation between liberals and conservatives in this country, it is because the establishment, the media, academic, and entertainment establishment has made certain sorts of political opinion – respectable, reasonable, mainstream opinion – impossible to express in public.”