Controversial conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulous appeared Saturday on “GET OUT! South Florida,” a right-wing LGBTQ radio program on 850 AM WFTL. Following the program, he gave an exclusive interview to The Palm Beach Post. These answers have been edited for brevity and language.
Q: You got started as an editor at Breitbart, a conservative outlet. Now, you’re largely serving as your own self-promoter. Are you better off because of that?
Yiannopoulous: They always gave me a lot of license and a lot of freedom, which is why I wrote there, because they were so pro-free speech. I do miss not having the oversight of Alex Marlow, who’s the editor-in-chief of Breitbart and is probably the most gifted journalist of his generation — definitely the best editor. I miss that, but I also now have more things on my plate. I have a company with $12 million invested in it dedicated solely to making me famous and wealthy. So it’s not that bad. Life could be worse. I’m doing perfectly fine. I miss my colleagues, but my professional situation continues to improve with every day that passes.
Q: You said on the program that you don’t care about politics. Is that really true?
Y: Other people insist on asking me political questions. They have decided that I am a political pundit. They have decided that I’m like the gay Ann Coulter or something. I didn’t decide that. I’ve never described myself that way. I don’t give a (expletive) about politics. I started talking about politics because of Trump. Now I gave some college lectures on political history, on intellectual topics on culture. I care about culture. I love sex, death, money — you know, it’s stuff that matters to people.
Now, of course, all of those subjects have a political dimension. All of them have an impact on politics. But politics for its own sake bores me (expletive) rigid. I couldn’t give two hoots about it. I certainly didn’t care about it before Trump.
Q: Just because it’s boring?
Y: Well because it’s full of ugly, awful people. And I like to be surrounded by joyful, beautiful people. Everybody involved in politics is ugly inside and out. I have no interest in surrounding myself with people like that. People force politics on me. I don’t force politics on other people and I’m not interested in talking about it, really. I’m interested in talking about religion and much, much bigger subjects. Subjects of life and death. I don’t know what TPP (the Trans Pacific Partnership) is and I never want to know. I don’t know the name of the guy that wasn’t on the show today (former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley) and was supposed to be and I don’t care to. I don’t know who he is and I don’t care and neither does anybody else outside of Florida.
Q: You have referred to yourself in the past as a “Trump-sexual”. What do you mean by that?
Y: I’m the country’s leading Trump-sexual. I have unique insight, I think, as a gay man into what it is that makes him so alluring and magical to gay men and to women. I don’t understand why gays aren’t more open about supporting him. I mean, he’s the drag queen you can vote for, he’s fantastic. He’s showy and bombastic and brash and ridiculous and glitzy. Of course, gays should love him!
He’s a president invented for homosexuals. I understand why women like him too. He projects an aura of confident masculinity that was very lacking in the presidency in the eight years that preceded him. I think people like the fact that he’s just a bloke, he’s a dude. There’s a significant portion of the American electorate for whom the “Pussygate” comments were an encouragement, not the reverse.
Think about what happened when those tapes came out. Every single person, left and right, hurled themselves at the nearest TV studio to say how shocked and appalled and disgusted they were that the potential President of the United States was speaking that way. I don’t know a single (expletive) person who doesn’t speak like that or hasn’t at least once spoken like that. Especially gays. Like how dare you. The hypocrisy of it is disgusting. It’s so ludicrous and unbelievable. Trump’s comments might have damaged him were it not for the ludicrous reaction of the press, which turned it to his favor because they ended up looking stupid, not him.
Nobody particularly likes anyone speaking like that, and of course, it’s embarrassing when it’s caught on tape, but what’s worse is people brazenly and shamelessly looking you in the face and saying ‘I’ve never heard anyone speak like that.’ Give me a (expletive) break.
Q: I have to ask you one political question. You’ve said in the past you think that transgender people have a “psychiatric disease.” In light of what President Trump tweeted this week, have your views changed at all?
Y: I’m very happy with the president’s decision. But it doesn’t go far enough. It was the most controversial tweet of the year, but in my view, it’s merely baby steps. He should be going much further and he should be banning women from combat units. All the evidence suggests that mixed combat units are far less effective, far less happy, morale and performance collapse when you introduce men and women on the front lines together. I’m not talking about the whole armed forces because women in intelligence units and all the rest of it have shown to be a huge asset. But on the front line in combat units, it’s a (expletive) disaster and everybody knows it.
Doing this is politically driven, it’s not driven by the evidence, it’s not driven by data. Here’s the dirty secret that only the progressive left doesn’t understand: Nobody cares about trannys. There aren’t any of them anywhere. No one cares. If you’re obsessed with gay issues, if you are gay and you go to gay clubs and you only read the left wing press, all you’ll ever hear about is “people want to cut their (expletives) off.” But the rest of the country doesn’t care. There just aren’t that many of them around. Who cares? And Donald Trump knows this, which is why it wasn’t damaging to him when he said he doesn’t care what bathroom Caitlyn Jenner uses, and it’s not damaging to him now when he’s gone the other direction and said he doesn’t want them in the military. No one in America actually cares, and Donald Trump instinctively understands this.
What I want for him to do, though, is make the far more important and substantial move of banning women from front line combat units, or at least having female only and male only units and not mixing the two. You can have your men and your lesbians in separate units and not mix combat front line units. All the evidence shows that it is a complete disaster.
Q: Is there anything in your career that you regret?
Q: Not even the tape (showing the pedophilic comments)?
Y: That one line. I talk for seven hours a day every day. Of course, I’m going to say something I don’t mean once in a (expletive) while. I mean, no. I don’t regret anything. That’s February, fast forward to summer and I’ve got a New York Times bestselling book. I’m doing fine. How bad is my life? You tell me.
Q: What’s next for you?
Y: I’m going to sell another 100,000 copies of the book and then we have a tour coming up, which is going to be very exciting. We’re going to a hybrid college and private venue tour. We have dates in Australia, Sweden, the U.K. and all over America, practically every state, and tons in Florida. Practically every Florida university I’ll be doing some kind of date of some kind of size, almost every school in Florida.
Q: So you are going to try the American colleges again?
Y: What do you mean, try them again? I continue to conquer them. Florida should be very disappointed in itself. It was California that burned the house down. Florida had very disappointing protesters. I expect much better this time. I want looting, I want rioting, I want fires, you know, I don’t want anyone seriously hurt, but they’ve gotta really bring it because California put you to shame.
Florida, raise your game. Step it up. The tour dates will be available soon. Start sharpening your sticks and planning your protests. Start collecting your firewood because I’m coming, and you can’t stop me.
Q: What’s your ideal vision for American society? You seem pretty maligned with it right now.
Y: I want this orgiastic carnival of different political persuasions, skin colors, sexualities, I want everybody to do whatever the hell they want. I want an open level, honest marketplace of ideas where competing ideologies and political opinions can battle it out in a fair, frank, open marketplace and that’s not what currently obtains in this country.
Currently in this country, if you’re a conservative or a Libertarian, your views are branded as hateful before they’ve even left your mouth. That’s not acceptable, it’s not OK, and that’s why Trump’s in the White House. More than any of the substantive political statements that he made on the campaign trail, the reason he’s in the White House is the left branding the right hateful just for believing different things. It can’t go on, and the more that it does go on, the more the media doubles down on this stuff, the longer he’ll be in the White House and the more books I’ll sell.
So if you want to stop him and you want to stop me, start listening to other points of view and start showing up for debates rather than just saying ‘hate speech’, and calling people you don’t like bad names. The more you do that, the more you are going to lose.