Popular conservative columnist Milo Yiannopoulos sat down with Dave Rubin of the Rubin Report to explain why he’s come to embrace the Trump candidacy.
The prospect of a Trump presidency terrifies, not just liberals, but conservatives too. He threatens to blow apart the political consensus. Political correctness in particular, if you believe as I do that it is one of the great cancers of public life, there is no one better situated to have fun with that than Trump…
Watch as Yiannopoulos explains why he believes that candidate Donald Trump has captured both the attention and the admiration of a large swath of the American people.
These people don’t like the public. They don’t like their own electorate. The Republican party has become as hostile towards its own base as the liberals have always been. They’ve started talking about their base in the way that liberals always are.
You’ve got the National Review publishing disgusting things about white working class Americans. Just awful.
These people aren’t going away. And these people are angry and frustrated, and what is interesting about Trump is he has captured the imagination of a huge swath of the population. From what you might call traditional Trump supporters — Veterans, the working classes who feel very disoriented by the globalized world and mass immigration — For wage reasons and for cultural reasons too. And they are right to be concerned…
The question I always get asked, and I don’t mean to disrespect that group at all, because that group is my readership and I love them. But when people ask me, Why do smart people vote for Trump? Why do people like you and me vote Trump?
We’re not supposed to — not you. Why do people like me vote Trump? Media types.
The answer to that is he represents the best hope we have to smash political correctness apart. Of breaking open all of the taboos, stuff you aren’t supposed to say in America — to have an honest discussion, about the wage gap, about whether or not men and women get paid different amounts of money (we won’t get into that today…)
You can’t do it, you can’t have an honest discussion. You would lose your job, you would never be called back, you’ll never get a column in a national newspaper. The Overton Window is so narrow, and so far to the left, that something big has to happen, a big tumultuous event, and that event is the Trump presidency.
It will destroy the Republican Party, they will never win another election, which is what I want. I think the same thing will happen on the left. The Sanders/Hillary tearing apart — it is coming.
What I want is a sort of new political realignment on libertarian/authoritarian lines, and I want a new consensus to emerge of disaffected liberals, classical liberals, dissident minorities like gays, small-state conservatives, libertarians, people who basically want to be left alone.
People who believe that our government should have some limited functions, but we should not be policed. We should be able to do, think, say, act exactly as we please. I believe there is a majority in this country who would get behind that kind of cultural insurgency.
This election is the first election in American history that has been fought not on foreign policy and economics, but on cultural lines, it is been excited and stirred up by a cultural figure — a reality TV star, an American icon.
I’ve come around to thinking that having Donald Trump in the White House would be wonderful. Even if he isn’t able to achieve very much.
Now, daddy’s gonna build the wall, daddy’s gonna fix trade. That’s going to happen. If then things start locking up because he has a non-compliant left and right, and all of the various machinery of government, I don’t see that as a particularly bad thing. Calvin Coolidge was one of the best presidents, why? Because he did absolutely nothing.
Having like a Coolidge with bluster would not be a bad thing.
And all of the criticisms that are normally leveled at Trump, all of the things people say he is “clownish” or “populist.” I don’t see those things as intrinsically anti-presidential.
“Presidential material” is clearly in the eye of the beholder.
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