Milo Yiannopoulos has hit out at Twitter after they suspended his account earlier today, accusing the social networking service of being “Sharia-compliant” and in financial freefall.
In a press conference at Ground Zero Orlando, delivering a truncated speech following Sunday’s mass shooting Yiannopoulos said Muslim campaigners were responsible for him being briefly thrown off Twitter this morning.
He had been planning to give a speech on Muslims and gays at the University of Central Florida (UCF) the day before, but was shut down by police.
Milo told a lively crowd that influential news aggregation site The Drudge Report linking to Heat Street’s article on him directly resulted in him being re-instated on Twitter. He said: “My Twitter account was suspended as a result of a campaign by Muslim tweeters.
“It has been re-instated because the Drudge Report put my picture on the front page with a gigantic headline – thank you Matt Drudge – saying ‘Twitter tells Milo to go to hell!’
“It was Muslims who told me to go to hell and I’m glad to see that Twitter very quickly panicked and backtracked and reinstated my Twitter account today. If it goes down again, who knows?,” he said.
Referencing Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, Milo said: “Twitter, whose largest investor is a Saudi, has become, to some degree, Sharia-compliant in the last six-months. I think American universities are becoming Sharia-compliant too.”
Milo added: “Conservatives haven’t demonstrated a particular aptitude for social networks. There are conservatives who run tech companies but they tend to come in later when the company really needs someone who understands numbers. You’re not going to change the politics of Silicon Valley.
“I don’t have any realistic expectation that any social networking company or silicon valley start-up is going to discover a commitment to free speech or discover a commitment to fairness to conservative points of view. The best you can do is hold their feet to the fire when they f**k up and when they f**k up too much the stock price plummets and the company collapses which is what’s happening with Twitter right now.”
Milo also slammed the decision of campus police to postpone his talk at UCF which was scheduled for Tuesday.
He said: “What they couldn’t do is spare 6 or 8 officers to let a gay man say what the media won’t tell you, say what politicians won’t say, say what your celebrities are too f**king dumb to realize which is that this is not radical Islam, it is not terrorists forcing Obama to say radical Islam is only 25% of the war…the rest of the battle is being honest about about the challenges you face in this country.”
Milo said the shooting in Orlando nightclub had made him support Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration: “After Orlando I’m all in favor.”
Talking about safe spaces, he said: “Gun-free zones provide safe spaces for killers. The left likes to talk about safe spaces – well safe spaces for murderers are gun-free zones.”
Milo contrasted the left’s attitude to Muslims versus socially conservative Christians: “Stop listening to the left. Stop listening to people who say peace, love and understanding and pacifism is going to save you. It didn’t save those people in the nightclub… there is no competition between declining to bake a cake and taking to a nightclub and killing or hurting 100 people. It is offensive and ridiculous and I don’t use the word ‘offensive’ very much but that is.”
Milo added: “I’m here to give you a warning from Europe. I know what happens when governments and the media to pander to and to mollycoddle Islam. I know what happens to gay people, to trans people, to women and all the minorities the left claims that it is here to defend.
“The politicians do not have your back, the media do not have your back, people are not going to protect gays or women or blacks or Latinos or any other minority. You’ve got to do it for yourself.”
@Nero Wonderful speech, Milo! You're the only one who is standing up to this insanity. We love you! 😉
— The new stateswoman (@Textualsatisfac) June 15, 2016