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By: Elias J. Atienza
Bill Maher, host of Real Time, took credit for taking down former Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos. In an interview with the New York Times, he called Milo a “emotionally needy Ann Coulter wannabe” and cited Milo’s appearance on Real Time as paving the way for his downfall.
“Well, let’s recap. About a week ago, I went on Van Jones’s show, and somebody asked me about the booking. I hadn’t really gotten into the details of Milo yet. He was just getting on my radar. I said, specifically, sunlight is the best disinfectant. Then we had Milo on, despite the fact that many people said, “Oh, how dare you give a platform to this man.” What I think people saw was an emotionally needy Ann Coulter wannabe, trying to make a buck off of the left’s propensity for outrage. And by the end of the weekend, by dinnertime Monday, he’s dropped as a speaker at CPAC. Then he’s dropped by Breitbart, and his book deal falls through. As I say, sunlight is the best disinfectant. You’re welcome.”
However, many people point out that it wasn’t his appearance on Real Time that ultimately lead to Milo’s rapid fall, but remarks he made on podcasts about sexual relations between young boys and older men. The Reagan Battalion, the group responsible for putting out the videos, called Bill Maher’s remarks a “textbook example in every academy of deception.”
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 22, 2017
However, Maher still argued his booking of Milo lead the way for the Breitbart personality’s quick fall.
That’s what I was just saying. And by the way, I wasn’t trying to get him removed from society,” Maher added. “I’m somebody who, many times, people have tried to make go away.