It wasn’t a great weekend for Milo Yiannopoulos. The Brietbart News editor and alt-right provocateur was bounced from his speaking gig at the conservative CPAC conference and lost his lucrative book deal after an interview surfaced in which he spoke positively about pedophilia.
But Yiannopoulos, who grew up Catholic and whose mother is Jewish, had already done plenty to offend Jews.
“Most of the generation Trump, the alt-right people, the people who like me, they’re not anti-Semites. They don’t care about Jews,” Yiannopoulos told Dave Rubin on the Rubin Report last March when discussing the rise of hate speech on social media.
“They may have some prejudice about Jews,” he added. “Like the Jews run everything. Well we do. The Jews run all the banks. Well we do. The Jews run the media. Well we do. You know they’re right about all that stuff.”
When pressed by Rubin, Yiannopoulos insisted that Jewish control over finance and the media is “not in debate,” explaining that “Jews completely dominate the media. Vastly disproportionately represented in all of these professions. That’s just a fact, it’s not anti-Semitic to point out statistics.”