The annual Conservative Political Action Conference's (CPAC) decision to invite alt-right figurehead Milo Yiannopoulos has grown more controversial after a video surfaced of him defending pedophilia. In particular, CNN’s Jake Tapper slammed Yiannopoulos’ invitation to attend the conservative event by noting that victims of pedophilia do not want to see their suffering treated lightly.
In a first tweet, Tapper wrote that a conservative friend of his who was "molested as a child" was "horrified" by the video of Yiannopoulos, noting his friend "could not be more distraught by this Milo tape."
Friend of mine, conservative, could not be more distraught by this Milo tape. Was molested as a child. Horrified.— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1487558525.0
My friend, a survivor of sex trafficking: "Milo straight up defended abusing 13 yr old boys...Please don't let that be normalized"— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1487558874.0
More from survivor of sex trafficking: "Please please please don't let that mess he said go away." How on earth can CPAC defend this?— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1487558984.0
Was planning on ignoring for the most part, for those saying "stop publicizing him." But friend reached out & pled w me to say something— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1487559167.0
And sometimes that's what journalists do - give voice to the voiceless. In this case, a survivor of sex trafficking HORRIFIED by Milo.— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1487559264.0
Preying on children is the definition of evil. Justifying it in any way is sick and disturbing. Has everyone lost their minds?— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1487559471.0
Tapper was not the only person to express disapproval over CPAC's invitation to Yiannopoulos. A board member of the American Conservative Union also expressed concern on Sunday. Ned Ryun wrote in a tweet, "There's nothing about this that's amusing. This isn't about free speech. This is about basic decency."
This is why you consult board members. https://t.co/PSvRBBY77n— Ned Ryun (@Ned Ryun) 1487559970.0
There's nothing about this that's amusing. This isn't about free speech. This is about basic decency. https://t.co/CR9shNipZb— Ned Ryun (@Ned Ryun) 1487560512.0
Ryun tweeted again on Monday morning, adding, "The alt-right and its 'fellow travelers' have no place inside the conservative movement."