- The Washington Times - Friday, August 24, 2018

Nonpartisan political convention Politicon announced Thursday that it was uninviting right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos from this year’s event in Los Angeles amid a wave of backlash over his scheduled appearance.

Milo is no longer booked for Politicon,” a spokesperson for the convention told The Wrap. “We’ve had a couple of changes and with two months to go to the convention, more names will be added and dropped.

“Anthony Scaramucci is also not attending due to a scheduling conflict,” the spokesperson added. “We have some more names soon to be confirmed and announced so we’ll make sure to let you know.”

Convention organizers clarified that Mr. Yiannopoulos did not have a scheduling conflict and was actively dropped from the lineup.

News of the former Breitbart News editor’s attendance at Politicon sparked fierce blowback on social media, with at least one speaker canceling her appearance at the event.

Mr. Yiannopoulos appeared undeterred by the cancellation.

“To others, who care only about their reputation and avoiding humiliation, I guess this would be a blow,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “Personally I couldn’t give a s—t. I subject myself to this continuous hell because unlike the needy, vacuous, disloyal and desperate grifters of conservative media — none of whom will say a word about this, because they all know I’m their number-one competition — I actually care about my fans and the stuff I talk about. And no amount of cancellations from now until the end of time will ever deter me from trying. Next!”

Mr. Yiannopoulos also slammed event organizers for allegedly going “straight to the press” and not contacting him first about the cancellation.

Politicon, set for Oct. 20-21 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will still feature a host of prominent partisan pundits such as Cenk Uygur, Ann Coulter and Ben Shapiro.

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