College Republicans at Cal State Fullerton say they understand the risks of inviting alt-right darling Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at their Halloween event. Club president Amanda McGuire says they've been warned about protests.
"Despite people warning us about it, I can't let the left continue to control what is said on campuses just because they feel like they're going to come out and protest."
Thousands of Cal State Fullerton students have signed a petition to block Yiannopoulos from speaking. Yiannopoulos, who describes himself as "The most fabulous New York Times Best Selling supervillain on the internet" on his Facebook page, was forced to resigned from Breitbart news earlier this year over comments in which he appears to defend pedophilia.
“No, no, no. You’re misunderstanding what pedophilia means,” he says in an interview with Joe Rogan. “Pedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody 13 years old who is sexually mature. Pedophilia is attraction to children who have not reached puberty."
Yiannopoulos's comments led to Simon and Schuster rescinding a lucrative book deal, and the loss of several speaking gigs. Yiannopoulos has sued the book publisher for $10 million over the broken deal.
Demonstrators have hurled things and set fires at other events Yiannopoulos has appeared at, but McGuire says she's willing to take that risk.
"I do understand that there is a risk, but it shouldn't get to be violent. If it does, it's just an expose on what the left is doing. That's their tactic."