Milo Yiannopoulos is plotting his comeback, allegedly to take place at UC Berkeley, whether university administrators like it or not.
“In light of recent controversies, I am planning a huge multiday event called Milo’s Free Speech Week in Berkeley later this year. We will hold talks and rallies and throw massive parties, all in the name of free expression,” Yiannopoulos said on his Facebook page Friday.
Yiannopoulos wouldn’t say who is backing the effort, financially or otherwise, nor would he say which, if any, student group has invited him to speak at Berkeley. When he was last set to speak there in February, protesters set fires, threw rocks and attacked fans, and the UC Police Department shut down the event.
Administrators are preparing for a similar reception for Ann Coulter when she attempts to speak on Thursday even after administrators told her she didn’t have permission to do so and moved her event to a different venue in the following week.
Insiders say there is much more to Yiannopuoulos‘ plan to reinvent himself after mainstream conservatives threw him overboard once audio surfaced of him appearing to endorse gay sex with mature children as young as 13.
After that, a $255,000 book deal was canceled, as was his planned keynote address at CPAC. He also left his job as an editor at Breitbart News, and he has been out of the limelight since.
“I will bring activists, writers, artists, politicians, YouTubers, veterans and drag queens from across the ideological spectrum to lecture, march and party,” Yiannopoulos wrote on his Facebook page. “I intend to return Berkeley to its rightful place as the home of free speech — whether university administrators and violent far-left antifa thugs like it or not.”
Yiannopoulos wouldn’t say when his Berkeley stint is scheduled, beyond later this year, but he also alluded to a “Cinco de Milo” event on May 5 and other plans for his “grand comeback tour.”