Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon- but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.
-- Attributed to Captain John Parker at Lexington Green, 1775
The head of the American Conservative Union is defending his decision to invite controversial speaker Milo Yiannopoulos to the annual CPAC conference – even though he withdrew the invitation after videos containing 'out of bounds' comments emerged.
Matt Schlapp, who heads the ACU, told MSNBC's 'Morning Joe,' indicated he was aware of anti-Semitic statements by Yiannopoulos, but decided to invite him to highlight campus free speech issues.
'I think when it comes to what he does on campus … You have a right to be heard in America and you have a right to be heard on campus. And it’s not fair on campus that just voices that emanate from the left seem to be cherished and not voices from the right,' Shlapp said.
But he took back the invitation after videos came out where Yiannopoulis described the benefits of 'coming of age relationships' – though the outspoken conservative said he was not defending pedophilia.