The Australian government has canceled a visa granted to far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos after he responded to the deadly New Zealand mosque attacks by blaming the assault on government establishment coddling “barbaric” and “alien” Muslims.
Yiannopoulos had been barred from entering Australia earlier this month but the government eventually reversed course following backlash from conservative media and some members of parliament. In the wake of the horrific massacre in which a white supremacist left dozens of Muslims dead, however, Yiannopoulos’ predictably inflammatory remarks on the terror attack have resulted in yet another flip-flop.
In a Facebook post on Friday, the former Breitbart writer came to the defense of fellow right-wing grifter Candace Owens, who was named in the shooter’s manifesto as a major influence who helped push him “further into the belief of violence over meekness.” (Some experts believe the shooter was purposely trolling by naming Owens in an effort to push disinformation and “manipulate the media response” to the shooting.”)
“People aren’t radicalised by their own side,” Yiannopoulos wrote. “They get pushed to the far-right by the left, not by others on the right.”
He continued: “Attacks like this happen because the establishment panders to and mollycoddles extremist leftism and barbaric, alien religious cultures. Not when someone dares to point it out.”
After blaming the assault on the political left, New Zealand government and Muslims but not on white nationalism or far-right extremism, Yiannopoulos insisted that he rejected all political violence.
In response to Australia’s decision to bar him from entering, the right-wing commentator whined that he “explicitly denounced violence” and that he was banned because he “criticized the establishment for pandering to Islamic fundamentalism.”