If anything, the last year has been one of the craziest in American political history. Donald Trump — a candidate that many thought had zero chance of winning the primary, let alone the general election — toppled everyone en route to the White House. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, was so mired in legal trouble, it was a miracle she was even able to run for president at all.
Of course, the end of election season did little to stop the insanity. On Inauguration Day, the massive riots that broke out across the country were just a sign of things to come. The media, still stinging over the embarrassment of their coverage, spent the next 8 months pushing a conspiracy theory with little evidence to back it up.
Conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos has often been at the center of the political circus. In February, Yiannopoulos was forced to cancel a planned speech at UC Berkeley amid the violent riots that broke out to protest his appearance. From there, his book deal was shuttered after allegations that Yiannopolous defended pedophilia in a YouTube interview.
Undeterred, Yiannopoulos self-published his book a few months later. Even without a publisher, the book was a huge success, reaching number one on Amazon on multiple occasions. Encouraged by the success, Yiannopoulos expanded his advertising efforts to the DC Metro. However, complaints forced officials pull the advertisements shortly after.
Yiannopoulos — at this point used to being silenced — moved to take legal action against DC Metro. As if to signal how crazy times have gotten, the controversial Conservative gained an unlikely ally in the case.
From the Independent Journal Review:
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced Wednesday morning that they are suing the D.C. Metro Transit Authority for refusing to display ads they deemed too controversial, including signs promoting Milo Yiannopoulos’s new book and the First Amendment.
The ACLU is suing on behalf of themselves, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Milo Yiannopoulos’s publisher, Milo Worldwide LLC, and Carafem, an abortion and birth control provider, arguing that the government agencies’ advertising policies violate the First Amendment rights of advertisers.
The ACLU may seem like the last organization that would come to the aid of Yiannopoulos. After all, the organization has been a leader in the Trump “resistance” movement, often being the first to take legal action against the administration’s agenda.
Nevertheless, it appears the ACLU has finally gained some consistency. Despite disagreeing with him, the organization believes he has a right to be heard:
“The First Amendment protects everybody and if it doesn’t protect you, then sooner or later it’s not going to protect me either,” Arthur Spitzer, legal director of the ACLU-DC and lead counsel in the case told IJR, noting the broad range of ideologies represented in the case.
Bizarre though it may be, the team of Yianopoulos and the ACLU is just a new twist in an already crazy chapter. At this point, it’s safe to say that anything can happen.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]