UKIP’s notorious new recruit is facing consequences for Nazi-trolling a Jewish journalist

Milo Yiannopoulos and the UKIP logo
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UKIP recently welcomed four well known ‘internet provocateurs‘. One – Milo Yiannopoulos – has links to the far-right and neo-Nazis. He’s also just been banned from PayPal – allegedly for using it to send $14.88 to a Jewish journalist. The act was interpreted as a reference to the white supremacist hate symbol ’14/88′.

The ban also comes after Yiannopoulos told journalists he was looking forward to “vigilante squads… gunning journalists down on sight”. This was mere days before five staff were shot and killed at a newsroom in Maryland, although there’s no evidence suggesting the two events are connected.

14/88

14/88 is a reference to two things. The first is the ‘Fourteen Words’ slogan, which is:

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We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.

The 88 stands for “Heil Hitler”, as the 8th letter of the alphabet is H.

Milo Yiannopoulos

Yiannopoulos is of Jewish heritage, but identifies as Catholic. He’s also homosexual, and last year married his long-term boyfriend who’s African-American.

Despite all that, Yiannopoulos has been accused of inciting racism, targeted transphobia, antisemitism, and even homophobia. He was also a pretty big deal on the American right – having been invited to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 2017.

Yiannopoulos was disinvited from CPAC, though, and he later resigned from his job at Breitbart. This came after comments he made on the “oppressive idea of consent” as it relates to people having sex with underage children. Comments which proved a step too far for his establishment right-wing supporters.

UKIP

Yiannopoulos has been trying to make a comeback ever since his dramatic fall. This involved a book that went through a troubled editing process, and selling vitamins for the conspiracy site Infowars.

It seemed like there wasn’t a place for the “internet supervillain” after his comments on paedophilia. And yet, UKIP has now welcomed him into the fold. The party’s leadership may wish they hadn’t, though, given his latest controversies.

Controversies

Yiannopoulos sent $14.88 to the Jewish journalist Talia Lavin after she resigned from the New Yorker. He drew attention to what he’d done on his Instagram account:

On 29 June, Yiannopoulos defended the comments he made about vigilantes gunning down journalists as “a troll”. He also claimed these comments were intended to be private, although they were made to journalists who were seeking comment from him.

What’s interesting to note is that in 2017, Yiannopoulos was shown to have links to the neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer. This is from the Daily Stormer‘s style guide:

This is one of many reasons why people rarely think Yiannopoulos’ ‘jokes’ are just jokes.

A match made in desperation

Although Yiannopoulos clearly needs the attention, UKIP also needs a boost. It’s “suffered from poor and eccentric leadership”, terrible election results, and numerous financial concerns.

Despite all that, Yiannopoulos and his troll friends think it’s the place for them. Which may be the first time in history the rats have fled onto the sinking ship.

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