Milo Yiannopoulos was slated to speak at CPAC, but the offer was rescinded Monday after conservatives began sharing a video of the Breitbart editor and self-described "troll" condoning pedophilia.
CPAC -- the Conservative Political Action Conference -- is an annual event focused on grass-roots activism that attracts thousands. President Trump, and Vice President Pence, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon are slated to address the gathering this year.
American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp announced the decision.
Simon & Schuster is canceling the publication of 'Dangerous' by Milo Yiannopoulos "After careful consideration." Full story coming soon.— Publishers Weekly (@PublishersWkly) February 20, 2017
Publisher Weekly reported that due to Yiannopoulos comments his book won't be published.
Things could get worse for Yiannopoulos. The Washingtonian reported that "at least a half dozen" Breitbart employees are willing to quit if Yiannopoulos isn't fired.
“Somehow seeking to ameliorate concerns over young boys’ relationships with older men -- I’m pretty sure everyone in the company would vomit upon hearing these words," an unnamed editor told the publication.
Originally, CPAC organizers cited free speech as the reason for inviting Yiannopoulos.
But the board that oversees the event wasn't consulted.
Conservatives pushed back by sharing the pedophilia video.
Yiannopoulos made the comments on a podcast called "The Drunken Peasants."
Yiannopoulos defended himself on Facebook after the video resurfaced.
Yiannopoulos has been on a college tour recently that has drawn the ire of many on campus. Riots broke out at the University of California, Berkeley at a venue where he was slated to speak. The protesters on campus objected to Yiannopoulos' stances on Black Lives Matter, and feminism, as well as his attacks on "Saturday Night Live" actress Leslie Jones, for which he was banned from Twitter last year. Yiannopoulos defends his stances as free speech, and says those who protest are "cancerous and toxic to free expression."