Milo Yiannopoulos Is Joining UKIP’s Chaotic European Election CampaignBy Blair Morris
June 18, 2019
YouTuber Carl Benjamin’s questionable and disorderly bid to win a seat in the European Parliament will take another turn on Thursday, when reactionary troll Milo Yiannopoulos joins him on the campaign trail.
2 days after cops exposed they are investigating Benjamin for talking about raping the Labour MP Jess Phillips in a YouTube video, UKIP’s most popular prospect is set up to appear with Yiannopoulos in the southwest of England for the first of a series of public events around the UK.
Yiannopoulos is a British previous technology reporter who ended up being a star in ultraconservative circles in the United States as an editor at Steve Bannon’s Breitbart News. In 2017, a BuzzFeed News examination revealed that Yiannopoulos had actually played a key role in presenting extremist white nationalist concepts into the mainstream of American politics in the run-up to the 2016 governmental election.
In a Google Hangout in between the pair posted on YouTube on Monday night, Yiannopoulos confirmed he was flying to the UK to campaign alongside Benjamin.
Taking questions from his social media fans, Yiannopoulos at one point joked that he might turn up to among the campaign stops “dressed as Jess Phillips” to “troll” the UKIP candidate.
” Sorry to break it to you but owing to your recent behaviour, I’ve become your affordable, common-sense pal,” Yiannopoulos said.
He included: “I’m going to be able to put you in historic, literary, journalistic context as an item of the times. You are a function and a product of a crazy minute in culture.”
Yiannopoulos, who is from the UK, has actually spent much of his profession in the United States, where his extreme views led to bans by significant platforms consisting of Facebook and twitter. In one instance, Yiannopoulos resigned from Breitbart and lost a book deal after a video emerged of him talking about sexual relationships between adults and teenagers. Yiannopoulos rejected that he was protecting pedophilia.
The participation of Yiannopoulos in the project will raise brand-new concerns for UKIP’s leadership about the surprising instructions the celebration has taken in the in 2015– an instructions that prompted its previous leader Nigel Farage to give up the party, saying it had actually been taken control of by leader Gerard Batten’s “fixation” on Islam and was now electorally hazardous.
Asked whether the party was pleased to be related to Yiannopoulos, a spokesperson for UKIP informed BuzzFeed News: “Mr Yiannopoulos is a UKIP member and completely free to project for a UKIP prospect.”
The representative did not react to a question about whether UKIP is paying Yiannopoulos’s travel expenses.
Benjamin’s candidateship for the European elections has drawn in prevalent media attention because of his offensive remarks and confrontational approach. Much of the scrutiny has focused on a 2016 tweet about rape that Benjamin sent to Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley. Like Yiannopoulos, his project account has also been banned on Twitter.
As BuzzFeed News reported last month, Benjamin has a performance history of utilizing racial slurs and other offending terms. That includes consistently using the n-word in videos posted on YouTube and declaring that Jewish people ought to “drop the identity politics”. “I’m sorry about the Holocaust, but I don’t offer a shit,” Benjamin stated.
Onstage at UKIP’s official project launch last month, Benjamin appeared to savor the prestige, scolding journalists as “smear merchants”. Batten defended Benjamin’s remarks, explaining him as a “complimentary speech merchant” who was being provocative for comical factors.
Hope Not Hate, a nonpartisan group which projects against bigotry, stated: “Grotesque ‘jokes’, questioning the age of approval, and severe views on an entire variety of issues … Milo and Sargon are ideal for each other.”
The representative added: “Voters can be clear precisely what UKIP stands for nowadays.”
In the YouTube discussion with Benjamin on Monday night, Yiannopoulos said: “Some people know because I’ve told them, I’m coming aren’t I? I’m going to the United Kingdom on Wednesday for a week to support your candidateship.”
” We’re going to be promoting my candidacy,” Benjamin stated. “Why I am a good prospect.”
They pair stated they would establish a PA system and “actually simply bombard an entire street” with Yiannopoulos’s views, Benjamin said. He hoped that they would take part in debate with “a lot of leftists who disagree with us”.
” Are we going to tag-team them?” Yiannopoulos stated.
” We’re going to speak to anyone who desires to talk to us since I think that’s the method politics ought to be done,” Benjamin said. “It should not be a closed club.”
” We’re going to talk to individuals and provide some sensible concepts,” he added.