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How Trump and His Hipster Right-Wing Allies Are Trying to Use Gay People as a Weapon Against Muslims

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Pro-Trump provocateur Milo Yiannopolous exploited the Orlando massacre to paint Muslims and liberals as the greatest threat to gays.

While dozens of survivors of the mass shooting at Orlando's LGBTQ Pulse Nightclub recovered from gunshot wounds in area hospitals, senior editor of the far-right outlet Breitbart Milo Yiannopoulos appeared at the site of the massacre for a press conference. Dressed in a dark, neatly tailored suit, flanked by a burly, sunburned bodyguard on one side and his racist hipster friend and Vice co-founder Gavin McInness on the other, Yiannopoulos unleashed a rambling tirade against Muslims, collectively blaming them for the shooting spree by the Afghan-American Omar Mateen.

"We will shoot back," the openly gay former tech entrepreneur vowed, dabbing the sweat pouring from his brow with a handkerchief.

Racing breathlessly through his lengthy manifesto and glancing down at notes on his smartphone every few seconds, Yiannopolous took time to deny the existence of a rape crisis on college campuses -- "to believe that you'd have to believe that America resembles the Congo" -- trashed the columnist and CNN commentator Sally Kohn as a "Jewish lesbian feminist lunatic," promoted the Israeli army as a model for gay self-protection, compared himself to Alexis de Tocqueville, and celebrated the Catholic church in Ireland for supposedly "looking after gay people before any Western state did."

"I want you to listen me on social issues," he pleaded before a small crowd of supporters. "I want you to listen to me on this minority war that the left has forced us into."

It might have been easy to dismiss the display of sneering, English-accented resentment as the irritable mental gestures of an attention starved, neo-fascist popinjay. But Yiannopolous had not traveled to the scene of a blood soaked hate crime to promote himself alone. He was also in Orlando as a surrogate for the Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump, helping the campaign's roll out its gay outreach strategy, which paints immigrant friendly liberals as the true enemy of LGBTQ communities.

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