Breitbart Editor Incites Racism, Kicked Off Twitter

Following a barrage of racist tweets at Leslie Jones, co-star of "Ghostbusters," Milo Yiannopoulos' account was permanently suspended.

Milo Yiannopoulos is a tech editor at conservative news site Breitbart with a penchant for Internet trolling, but he has sent his final tweet. After inciting a barrage of racist tweets aimed at "Saturday Night Live" comedian Leslie Jones, Yiannopoulos was permanently suspended from Twitter on Tuesday.


Using the handle @Nero, Yiannopoulos began insulting Jones, as Breitbart states, "Following Jones' complaints about the messages she was receiving on Twitter and other social media platforms following the release of 'Ghostbusters.'"

His insults included a video of Editorial Director of People and Entertainment Weekly Jess Cagle interviewing Jones and actress Kate McKinnon, who is white, also a co-star of the film. Yiannopoulos added the title, "Which 'Ghostbusters' Star Never Shaves Her Legs?"

Jones tweeted at Yiannopoulos:

His followers, (he had more than 300,000) began insulting her as well. At first Jones blocked the tweets, but then she began retweeting to show the interactions. She was compared to Harambe, the gorilla killed at the Cincinnati Zoo, along with other derogatory comments:

Twitter users then called on the company to remove him from the microblogging site, creating the hashtag #BanNero. Jones also sent a tweet questioning why Twitter doesn't ban its abusive users, which garnered a response from its Chief Executive Jack Dorsey:

Jones tweeted Tuesday night she planned to leave Twitter:

"I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart. All this cause I did a movie. You can hate the movie but the sh*t I got today...wrong."

Twitter decided to permanently delete Yiannopoulos' account. However, the statement did not specifically say it was due to the derogatory tweets sent at Jones.

The company said "over the past 48 hours" it had taken actions, including permanent suspensions, against several users. It said the response came as an "an uptick in the number of accounts" violating anti-abuse and anti-harassment policies.

"People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter. But no one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online," the statement reads.

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Yiannopoulos was previously temporarily banned several times for violating the company's terms of service through offensive tweets, which often fanned political tensions.

In a Facebook post Monday morning, he said he has no remorse for attacking Jones. "No regrets. Why would I? #BanNero hashtag has failed, #SuspendNeroParty hashtag has failed. Free Speech FOREVER."

He later posted, "Twitter just declared war on free speech."

Yiannopoulos is a conservative and a Trump supporter. At a "Citizens for Trump" rally on Monday outside of the Republican National Convention, he rallied attendees.

"It seems to me that Donald Trump … is best placed to end the cancer of political correctness in this country," Yiannopoulos said, according to Breitbart. "Isn't it remarkable that in just 20 years, punk, the spirit of dissidence in the country has gone from being a far left activist to wearing a MAGA [Make America Great Again] hat."

Yiannopoulos, who refers to himself as the "glittering leading light of the conservative gay movement," participated in a "Gays for Trump" party in Cleveland on Monday as well. He posted a video of the event on his YouTube page, which has more than 200,000 subscribers.

Conservatives, traditionally, have been at odds with supporting the rights of the LGBT community.

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For example, Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Indiana Governor Mike Pence was responsible for the most anti-LGBT bill in recent history and only retracted it after intense backlash from Indiana companies on DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, including Cummins (No. 19) and Eli Lily and Company (No. 26).

In September, when President Obama announced his nomination of Eric Fanning for Secretary of the Army, making him the first openly gay person to serve in the Army's highest civilian role, conservative Mike Huckabee scoffed.

The former Republican presidential candidate said, "It's clear President Obama is more interested in appeasing America's homosexuals than honoring America's heroes."

Coming off the heels of political chaos at the border, Americans are still feeling emotionally affected by Trump's family separation immigration policy.

According to the Washington Post, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant, called the Red Hen, while out to dinner with friends.

"The cheese course was already on the table" when the owner pulled her to the side and asked that she leave because of her political party's policies.

The Post reported that the owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, politely refused to serve Sanders because "Sanders works for and defends an inhumane and unethical administration."

"I'm not a huge fan of confrontation," Wilkinson said. "I have a business, and I want the business to thrive. This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals."

However, the decision to ask Sanders to leave seems to boil down to basic human ethics rather than because of her being simply a conservative.

Just last week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirsten Nielsen was heckled by a crowd of protesters while eating at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C.

According to CNN, Nielsen was sitting quietly in back of the MXDC Cocina Mexicana restaurant, not too far from the White House, when she began getting booed and sarcastically questioned:

"Aren't you a mother too?"

"How do you sleep at night?"

"Do you hear the babies crying?"

"If the kids don't eat in peace, you don't eat in peace."

Those are many examples of statements that seem to have less to do with being a Republican, and more to do with being undoubtedly immoral.

Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney and political op-ed contributor for CNN, expressed similar observations regarding recent oppositions.

"Let's make it clear, this is not about asking someone to leave or heckling them simply because they are Republicans or conservatives," he wrote.

"That would be wrong. This is about targeting people who are very publicly involved in formulating and defending Trump's immoral policies."

Obeidallah pointed out that people didn't yell, "Get out of here because you're a Republican" but instead made chants that were specific to Trump's family separation immigration policy literally, "speaking truth to power."

Additionally, Trump is just a percentage point away from former President Richard Nixon when it comes to the total of Americans who want him impeached, according to Newsweek.

And though Sanders was offended by Wilkinson requesting that she leave by – ironically – writing, "I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so. Her actions say far more about her than about me," Wilkinson has no regrets.

"I would have done the same thing again," Wilkinson said. "We just felt there are moments in time when people need to live their convictions. This appeared to be one."

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