As if to show that not even the mega-rich and allegedly successful are immune from joining the ranks of the fools who all too easily parted from their money, BuzzFeed has revealed the most likely reason why pro-am man-baby Milo Yiannopoulos is still in the USA legitimately, and still living in the style to which he has erroneously become accustomed.
“Secretive hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer and his family launched themselves into the top rank of American power through a series of spectacularly successful cash investments in politics: in Breitbart News, the far-right media outlet; in Cambridge Analytica, the controversial political data firm; and, of course, in Donald Trump, the President of the United States” they tell, before announcing an addition to that list.
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“To those ventures - and a host of others - newly uncovered evidence strongly suggests an addition: Milo Yiannopoulos, the anti–political correctness crusader and conservative provocateur … Leaked documents, including a promissory note and emails, as well as conversations with several people familiar with the matter, strongly imply that the Mercers funded Yiannopoulos following his resignation from Breitbart News after video surfaced in which he appeared to condone pedophilia”. Oh dear, Mercers!
There is more: “the documents point to a relationship that Yiannopoulos seems to regard as a kind of personal patronage, expecting from the family not just financial but legal support, after the British citizen’s visa status became tenuous post-Breitbart … ‘Rebekah Mercer loves Milo,’ said a source familiar with both Yiannopoulos and the Mercers, of the eldest Mercer daughter, who runs the family’s foundation … ‘They always stood behind him, and their support never wavered’”. Beats having a pet monkey. Perhaps.
But why would the Mercers be investing in their own Private Harry Speakup? “According to a source close to the situation … the family sees the British shock-meister as a way to capture the attention of a generation that grew up on the internet and represents the future of the kind of anti-establishment Republican politics that swept Donald Trump to power”.
Ho yus. So what kind of attention-capturing has Yiannopoulos been managing of late, given he’s been banned for good by Twitter? Perhaps the sales of his book Dangerous will give us a clue. Sadly, the news for the Mercers is not good. Despite Yiannopoulos’ fanboy Paul Watson, the Battersea bedroom dweller, claiming “Milo sold 100,000 copies of his book within 12 hrs … That's how much appetite there is for information that challenges the leftist consensus”, the reality is less encouraging.
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Dan Werneck revealed “his PR claimed it sold 100,000 on Amazon alone, but the total figure is more like 18,268”. And how many of these consensus-challenging volumes have been sold in the UK? Nick Pettigrew had bad news: “Milo's book has sold 152 copies in the U.K.” Who would buy the Milo Meisterwerk is not known, but the great and good Doc Hackenbush had a pretty good idea of the target audience.
All of which leads to one conclusion: whatever amount of money the Mercers have thrown at Milo Yiannopoulos, they might as well have flushed down the can. As several other investors in his dubious talents could have told them already.