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‘It’s still vile’: Milo offers tepid apology for pedophile tape — but Jake Tapper isn’t buying it

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CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday continued his criticism of far-right mouthpiece Milo Yiannopoulos slamming the Breitbart senior editor’s defense of sexual relationships between 13-year-old boys and adult men as “still vile.”

Yiannopoulos was officially disinvited from the Conservative Political Action Conference on Monday after a video surfaced showing him defending sex with young children. He was originally tapped to give the keynote address at the annual conservative conference, despite previously advocating for gay men to “get back in the closet,” among other highly controversial public comments.

In the video, Yiannopoulos argued some 13-year-old boys are old enough to consent to sexual relationships with adults and insisted adults who have sex with 13-year-olds are not pedophiles.

Following the announcement that Yiannopoulos was disinvited from CPAC, Tapper once again took to Twitter to shame the Breitbart senior editor.

“Any defense that attacks pedophilia (sex with a prepubescent child) but defends pederasty (sex with a pubescent child) is still vile,” Tapper wrote.

“These are the semantic word games going on now,” he continued. “It’s all vile. Listen to his words on the tapes. Thirteen-year-olds cannot ‘give consent.’

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In a series of Facebook posts, Yiannopoulous defended himself against critics, arguing the “deceptively edited” videos do not accurately reflect his opinion on pedophilia.

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“I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim,” Yiannopoulos wrote. “I would like to restate my utter disgust at adults who sexually abuse minors. I am horrified by pedophilia and I have devoted large portions of my career as a journalist to exposing child abusers … I’ve repeatedly expressed disgust at pedophilia in my feature and opinion writing. My professional record is very clear.”

“But I do understand that these videos, even though some of them are edited deceptively, paint a different picture,” he added.

Following his disinvitation, the Breitbart editor acknowledged he’s “partly to blame” for what transpired.

“My own experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous,” he wrote in a separate Facebook post. “But I understand that my usual blend of British sarcasm, provocation and gallows humor might have come across as flippancy, a lack of care for other victims or, worse, ‘advocacy.’ I deeply regret that.”

President Donald Trump, who famously bragged about groping women without their consent, is still scheduled to speak at the conference

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‘Dangerous linguistic power’: A historian explains how Trump weaponizes nicknames

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Is Donald Trump the modern day Earl Long?

A three-time Louisiana governor, Long mastered the art of political ridicule seven decades ago by weaponizing nicknames. The hilarious names Long pinned on his rivals, and the rollicking stories he told about them, riveted audiences bored by puffed-up rhetoric.

While Long’s stunts may be remembered as silly hijinks, there was a sly, often deadly serious, purpose to his technique. He used it to get voters to laugh at his foes and to put them on the defensive––a place politicians never want to be. Tucked within Long’s jests were razor-sharp attacks aimed at exploiting opposition weaknesses––hidden swords inside a pea-patch cloak.

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Walmart got a $2.2 billion tax cut — now it’s laying off workers

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Walmart announced it will lay off hundreds of workers in North Carolina despite receiving billions in tax cuts that the Republican Party and President Trump claimed would spur job growth.

The giant retailer will lay off about 570 employees and close its corporate office near the Charlotte airport, despite signing a 12-year lease just four years earlier, the Charlotte Business Journal reported.

The work done at the Charlotte facility will be outsourced to a firm in Arkansas, according to the report.

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Melania Trump ripped for bragging about helping children while her husband runs concentration camps for kids

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Melania Trump was ripped on Monday for pushing her signature "Be Best" campaign against bullying while her husband, President Donald Trump, runs concentration camps for children along the southern border.

"Looking forward to collaborating with all of our #BeBest Ambassadors. Delighted to be working alongside so many people both inside and outside of government to better the lives of children everywhere!" Melania Trump tweeted Monday.

The response was some of the harshest since she wore an "I Don't Care" jacked to visit the border.

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