Milo Yiannopoulos is advocating for lethal violence against reporters who contact him for comments on their stories.
“I can’t wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down on sight,” he texted the Observer‘s Davis Richardson, responding to an inquiry involving an article in progress on a Manhattan restaurant the right-winger is said to visit often.
According to Yiannopoulos, that menacing remark is his “standard response to a request for comment.” The Observer reports the same message was sent to The Daily Beast‘s Will Sommer, who had been covering the U.K. Independence Party.
The Observer reports:
Over the past 18 months, the provocative nationalist has seen his career implode following a Buzzfeed report linking his tenure at Breitbart to known white supremacists and neo-Nazis. After the piece’s publication, Yiannopoulos lost funding from the Mercer family, known in the political world as prominent pro-Trump megadonors, and subsequently elevated his racist rhetoric.
This past weekend, the nationalist bragged on Facebook and Instagram that he’d sent $14.88 to The New Yorker‘s former fact checker Talia Lavin. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “The number 1488 is a combination of digits popularly used by white supremacists and neo-Nazis—14 to represent the infamous “14 Words” (a mantra about securing “a future for white children”) and 88 to represent “Heil Hitler.”
I asked Milo Yiannopoulos to comment for a story. His response?
“I can’t wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down on sight.”https://t.co/Ec2d2Kz5zg
— Davis Richardson (@DavisOliverR) June 26, 2018