By: Jericho Cook
I, for one, am very pleased with his response; namely because he fully recognizes that what he said during The Drunken Peasants and the Joe Rogan interviews was wrong.
Yesterday I published a piece that, although receiving some harsh criticism, was not meant to attack or vilify Milo in any way; and I truly feel for him as a victim of sexual abuse as a young teen, which I think he addressed very well in his statement.
My entire point was that conservatives needed to stop trying to defend or justify what he said. Because at the end of the day, what he said was wrong. Very, very wrong. And he admitted that himself in his statement today.
However, I believe that Milo is truly remorseful and not only is he taking responsibility for what he said, he’s also putting his money where his mouth is (literally) and doing something about it.
Let’s start with the fact that in his statement Milo says he has found other publishers that are interested in his book, and he has pledged to donate 10% of his book royalties to child sex abuse charities.
That is huge.
It’s also a wonderful way to show the world that he truly does stand against the very thing that he is accused of condoning, while being a contributing factor in eliminating its existence.
But there is something that I think will be glossed-over and won’t receive as much praise, even though I believe it is just as admirable and is emblematic of his efforts to preserve his character… and that is the fact that he resigned from his position as a senior editor at Breitbart News.
In his statement, Milo said:
I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues’ important reporting, which is why today I am resigning from Breitbart, effective immediately. This decision is mine alone.
When your friends have done right by you, you do right by them. For me, now, that means stepping aside so my colleagues at Breitbart can get back to the great work they do.
There’s just something so commendable about this, to me. Milo realized that if his name remained connected to Breitbart, it would only result in a constant stream of undeserved negativity towards his friends and colleagues there. So, in the effort to do right by them, Milo felt that the best course of action was to sever his ties with the news organization.
Although Milo has been disinvited from speaking at this year’s CPAC, has lost his book deal and has even resigned from his position with Breitbart, I believe that he is in a position to make a substantial comeback.
His press conference from today certainly provided evidence for that happening, and I look forward to seeing what Milo does from here.