When it rains, it pours.
Milo Yiannopolous–tech editor at Breitbart, but more widely known as an agent provocateur of the “alt-right” movement–tendered his resignation to Breitbart today in the wake of inflammatory videos that recently surfaced of him seemingly excusing pedophilia between grown men and young boys as a rite of passage rather than serious abuse. This comes in the wake of several Breitbart employees reportedly threatening to resign if Milo wasn’t forced to leave, and on the heels of CPAC rescinding its invitation for him to speak at its annual conference and Simon & Schuster canceling his upcoming book Dangerous.
BREITBART statement on Milo's resignation: pic.twitter.com/Enhro1rL0p
— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) February 21, 2017
“I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues’ important reporting,” Milo said at a press conference, “so today I am resigning from Breitbart, effective immediately. This decision is mine alone.”
“When your friends have done right by you, you do right by them,” he continued. “For me, now, that means stepping aside so my colleagues at Breitbart can get back to the great work they do.”
There’s been some speculation that Evan McMullin’s group Stand Up Republic footed the bill to dig up opposition research on Milo that it put out as a high-profile political hit job on the unabashed Trump supporter, whom Milo has referred to as “Daddy” in interviews. McMullin, never one to shy away from publicity, only seems to be stoking the rumor personally:
Never cared much for Nazi punks. ✖️✌🏾🇺🇸 https://t.co/ra2Vu97ogt
— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) February 21, 2017
So is that McMullin’s knife sticking out of Milo’s gut, or is he just twisting it a little for fun? Who knows? While it’s obvious that the #NeverTrump holdouts are still angling for scalps, exactly how much value there is in taking out Milo is debatable. He’s not affiliated with the Trump Administration in any way, and even among mainstream Trump supporters he’s considered more of a liability than an asset. As for the alt-right, they still only represent a small fringe of the Trump base–so if McMullin thinks that killing off their poster boy will wound Trump somehow, he’s engaged in some wishful thinking. Then again, perhaps McMullin is just hoping this will make him look like a tough guy. In politics, anything is possible–no matter how strange.
Either way, Trump is better off not having guys like Milo around to muddle the message.