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Milo Yiannopoulos’ CPAC invitation wasn’t discussed with American Conservative Union Board Members.

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Milo Yiannopoulos, an open-homosexual and outspoken populist, has been invited to speak at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The announcement was made by ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp, who expressed that Yiannopoulos has an “important perspective” on various issues concerning the United States. While he was invited to speak at CPAC, the commentator does not identify as a conservative. This has caused many to question why he was selected to speak at a conservative political conference.

According to ACU Board Member Ned Ryun, the decision to invite Yiannopoulos was not authorized by the board.

According to PJ Media, Ryun plans on issuing a press release Monday pertaining to the entire matter. It was also reported that multiple board members were not happy with the decision. They speculated that this was potentially a sole decision made by Schlapp.

PJ Media also went on to claim that Yiannopoulos “jokes about—and maybe even supports—pedophilia,” citing a radio interview alleging that he condoned adult homosexual relations with underage minors.

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In all fairness, while he appeared to downplay underage homosexual relations that occurred in his childhood, he has publicly expressed opposition against it. Prior to this interview in 2015, Yiannopoulos wrote an article on Breitbart.com attacking pedophillia, titled “Here’s Why the Progressive Left Keeps Sticking Up for Pedophiles.”

“Radical leftists may be planning to make pedophilia another front in their civil rights battles,” Yiannopouos wrote on Breitbart, “but it won’t happen without a fight. Nor should it.”

At the very least, this interview was potentially a self-reflection on his life.

Following this controversial decision, Matt Schlapp released the following statement via Twitter:

Nevertheless, Milo Yiannopouos does not identify as a conservative. This can cause one to conclude that CPAC is evolving away from the principles of conservatism to desperate attempts at obtaining popularity.

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