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Milo Yiannopoulos, a prominent UK-born far-right figure, has applauded the shooter who killed 20 people in El Paso, Texas, for being “better at it” than the shooter who killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio.
Media reports have suggested that the El Paso shooter was a white nationalist sympathiser, having written a document calling the attack a response to “the Hispanic invasion” of the state. In contrast, the Ohio shooter was reportedly left-wing.
While most people see these shootings as a devastating human tragedy, Yiannopoulos merely views the whole thing as a game. The far-right poster boy sent a message to his followers on Telegram this morning, saying: “Needless to say, the right-wing shooter was better at it.”
Yiannopoulos has posted a number of horrific messages about the attacks – even using violent language against left-wing leaders.
In one post, he said: “There can be no accommodation with the Leftist establishment. They’re so far removed from reality there is no room for compromise. They have to be destroyed.”
This followed a series of posts suggesting that left-wing figures and tech companies were using the shootings to push a political agenda. He claimed, in particular, that Twitter was intentionally using the shootings to promote gun control hashtags.
However, this wasn’t the only conspiracy theory pushed by Yiannopoulos after the shootings. He also posted a photo suggesting that the attacks had been manufactured by the establishment:
This image seems to be referring to the recent arrest of Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy US financier who was charged with sex trafficking. Given Epstein’s Jewish heritage, Yiannopoulos could well have been promoting an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
Yiannopoulos, who was born in Kent, is a prominent far-right figure who came to prominence working for Breitbart News between 2015 and 2017 – acting as a vocal advocate for Donald Trump. He was later sacked from the company for excusing pedophilia.
Yiannopoulos campaigned for UKIP in the recent European elections, alongside fellow internet hate figure Carl Benjamin. Last week, Benjamin (who uses the online pseudonym Sargon of Akkad), defended the motives of white supremacist terrorists.
If ever you needed motivation to stand up to the far-right, this should provide it.