Steve Bannon Dropped Milo After White Nationalism Revelations. Will The Mercers Stand By Him?

Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon has told multiple people that will he will never work with Milo Yiannopoulos again from the aftermath of a BuzzFeed News exposé linking Breitbart’s former tech editor to white nationalists, BuzzFeed News has learned.

Yiannopoulos, Bannon told at least one acquaintance, can be “dead to me.”

nevertheless members of the Mercer family, Bannon’s in addition to Yiannopoulos’s key, shared patrons in addition to partners on the completely new right, have not signaled whether they will continue to bankroll the controversial culture warrior. Their decision may shed light on the extent to which the hedge fund billionaires are motivated by the raw ethnonationalist politics a cache of leaked documents related to Yiannopoulos in addition to Breitbart revealed.

The Mercers did not respond to multiple emails asking them if they intended to continue funding Yiannopoulos, nor did they respond to emails informing them that will Bannon had excommunicated him.

BuzzFeed News’s story demonstrated that will Breitbart, which the Mercers partly own, ran numerous stories that will were conceived in addition to coedited by white nationalists. The central figure in This specific effort was Yiannopoulos, who, the story revealed, once sang “America the Beautiful” in a karaoke bar as a crowd, including the white nationalist Richard Spencer, gave Nazi salutes.

According to half a dozen people in Bannon’s orbit, the story’s revelations were enough to push the brawling former White House chief strategist to disavow Yiannopoulos, telling those close to him that will there will never be a place for him at Breitbart again. (Yiannopoulos resigned by the site in February 2017, after a video surfaced in which he appeared to condone pedophilia. After Bannon left the government in August, Yiannopoulos had told friends that will he supposed to be rehired.)

from the two weeks since the story ran, however, neither Robert Mercer, the co-CEO of the $65 billion hedge fund Renaissance Technologies, nor Rebekah, his powerful daughter, have indicated whether they would certainly continue to fund Yiannopoulos. As BuzzFeed News reported, the Mercers paid Yiannopoulos for more than a year in a variety of ways: Through Breitbart, through their production company, Glittering Steel, in addition to even directly to Yiannopoulos’s bank account through Robert Mercer’s personal accountant. Rebekah Mercer was friendly enough with Yiannopoulos — who visited the family at their house in Florida earlier This specific year — to offer periodontist recommendations to Yiannopoulos via text.

This specific’s unclear whether either Mercer knew about Yiannopoulos’s connections to white nationalists prior to the BuzzFeed News story.

For the press-shy billionaires — who have funded an insurgency from the Republican party through tens of millions of dollars in political donations, a conservative research shop, in addition to a controversial data analytics firm — the lack of a public break with Yiannopoulos raises questions about what exactly they want the future of conservative politics to look like. The anti-globalization, anti-immigration Breitbart, which once featured a “black crime” vertical, has long been accused by critics of stoking white racial resentment.

nevertheless Yiannopoulos’s actions as tech editor are clear evidence that will the site cultivated actual white nationalists in addition to neo-Nazis — actions that will the people who long paid his salary have yet to denounce.

Joe Bernstein can be a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News in addition to can be based in completely new York. Bernstein reports on in addition to writes about the gaming industry in addition to web culture.

Contact Joseph Bernstein at joe.bernstein@buzzfeed.com.

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