OPINION | Barry Richard: Did Threat or Cold Feet Sideline Milo?
Milo Yiannopoulos has canceled an appearance tonight in Scottsdale, Arizona over what may have been a death threat. Or, was it the case that the venue got cold feet and backed out of its contract with the controversial speaker?
Milo posted on his Facebook page yesterday that he was told by the venue and the promoter that the event was ordered canceled by police due to a "credible death threat." Pheonix television station KSAZ says police deny receiving such a threat and say they were told by the venue that the event had been canceled for security reasons.
Yiannopoulos now says the venue lied about the threat in order to break the contract.
Milo Yiannopoulos is gay, and a conservative who through his books, web activity, and public speaking tours has amassed quite a following particularly among a growing number of young conservatives on college campuses.
Milo is a Trump supporter and is critical of the modern feminist movement and of political correctness. He is often the target of ANTIFA, Black Lives Matter and other radical leftist groups. His appearances are regularly met with violent opposition and threats.
It is repugnant and ugly when anyone is threatened for simply expressing a different point of view. Unfortunately, intolerance runs deep on the supposedly tolerant left. The lefties, who have mastered identity politics claim to include gays under their inclusive umbrella, so long as they march in step with the message.
Whatever happened in Scottsdale, intolerance is the reason Milo will not be speaking and that is sad.
By the way, did you hear that U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schummer plans to vote against a Trump judicial nominee simply because the guy is white? Yeah, that's inclusion and tolerance.
Editor's Note: Barry Richard is the afternoon host on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from Noon-3pm. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.