On a post to his website, right wing provocateur and “free speech advocate” Milo Yiannopoulos announced that he has resigned from his position as an editor at Breitbart News.
“Breitbart News has stood by me when others caved,” Yiannopoulos wrote. “I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues’ important reporting, so today I am resigning from Breitbart, effective immediately.”
The New York Times’ Michael Grynbaum tweeted out Yiannopoulos’s statement, of which you can read below:
Break: MILO resigns from Breitbart pic.twitter.com/pSQnJ0b9vA
— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) February 21, 2017
In the wake of his comments that seemed to endorse pedophilia, the Washingtonian, reported that a senior editor at Breitbart allegedly said that “at least a half-dozen” employees at the right wing site are threatening to resign if Yiannopoulos is not fired.
“The fact of the matter is that there’s been so many things that have been objectionable about Milo over the last couple of years, quite frankly. This is something far more sinister,” the the senior editor reportedly said. “If the company isn’t willing to act, there are at least half a dozen people who are willing to walk out over it.”