On Friday, I said that while I understand President Trump's attack on the media, and while I don't blame him for doing some of that, he needs to broaden his message to the things that got him elected, primarily jobs. Most of Donald Trump's speech at Boeing's factory in North Charleston, South Carolina on Friday was, in my view, exactly what he needs to be doing. Sure, there were some protectionist asides that I don't like, but let's not nitpick; his focus on jobs and the economy was great to hear.
Milo Yiannopoulos, whom we've spoken to and about on the show, was disinvited to speak at CPAC after a video went viral showing him appear to speak, at least in parts, approvingly of adults having sex with 13- or 14-year-old children. His attempts at nuance didn't go over well with the radio hosts talking to him at the time, and they sure didn't go over well with CPAC organizers. And if that's not enough, Milo also lost his book deal, with a book that was about to be published next month.
This could be a very big deal for the conservative movement, perhaps for the "alt-right", and certainly for Milo. I can't embed the video in which he made his remarks because of foul language but I'll play parts that I can play during the show. If you want to check the video out for yourself, it's here, but it's not for the faint of heart and should not be played around children (or around devout Catholics.)
Milo offered a further explanation on Facebook but that hasn't saved him, and understanding the PR nightmare that he's facing how, he's scheduled a press conference for Tuesday afternoon.
See Tuesday's Ross Report below for more...
7:20 AM Guest: John Tamny. You know I'm an econ geek and a former Republican, so when Republicans start talking about new taxes, the hair on the back of my neck starts to stand up. Joining us to talk about two new and bad ideas from the GOP (a carbon tax and a "border-adjustable" corporate tax, is John Tamny, Political Economy editor at Forbes, editor of RealClearMarkets.com, a Senior Fellow in Economics at Reason Foundation Author of "Who Needs the Fed: What Taylor Swift, Uber, and Robots Tell Us About Money, Credit, and Why We Should Abolish America's Central Bank"
Here's John's recent article on both taxes, why they're bad, and why the GOP is stupid for going down this road: http://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2017/02/15/the_republican_party_is_trying_desperately_to_give_up_its_majority_102541.html
At one college in NJ, students are asking white students to wear a white puzzle piece pin as a reminder that they should consider their "privilege." You remember the recent trend of college students wearing safety pins, too. What the heck is going on?
The Ross Report:
When I spoke with Milo Yiannopoulos on my show a few weeks ago, he was on top of the world. A man seemingly of Teflon, he could say anything and get away with it – and he did.
He was traveling the country visiting colleges promoting his upcoming book, Dangerous, for which he was paid a quarter-million dollar advance.
And he was invited to speak at the granddaddy of all conservative gatherings, CPAC, which is taking place this week in Washington, DC.
And then all hell broke loose when a conservative Twitter account pointed out Milo’s comments during a radio interview, which he says now and said at the time were not an endorsement of pedophilia, but sure sounded that way to many people.
CPAC rescinded its invitation to speak despite Milo’s explanation on Facebook which begins, “I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim. I would like to restate my utter disgust at adults who sexually abuse minors.”
Employees of Breitbart News, where he is a senior editor have threatened to quit if he isn’t fired.
It took only a few hours more for Simon and Schuster to cancel the publication of Milo’s book. He might get it published somewhere else, and he might even sell more copies after this uproar. That’s how things would usually go for him.
But this time, I’m not at all sure he’s going to escape. Have you ever scraped even a little of the Teflon off a non-stick pan? So much stuff sticks that you just throw the pan away and buy another one.
Will Milo’s comments, perhaps his most non-PC ever, turn him into a gay conservative Icarus? Or will he be back, bigger and badder than ever?
A scheduled Tuesday press conference shows that Milo is very worried. As well he should be.