ABC “Nightline” host Terry Moran wasn’t shy in his on-air assessment of the gay Breitbart technology editor and self-described internet troll Milo Yiannopoulos in an interview last week.
“Milo Yiannopoulos represents the tip of the iceberg in a rising tide of hate and abuse in social media,” Moran said, “one he clearly sees as a noble purpose.”
During the course of the exchange, he alternately called Yiannopoulos “revolting,” an “idiot,” and accused him of having the mentality of a “13-year-old” boy.
Moran asked if Yiannopoulos would be willing to call Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones a “dude” if she were standing before him, after he unleashed a barrage of insults against against Jones credited with sparking, or at least stoking, a virulent backlash from other racist, sexist Twitter trolls. He responded that he “probably would.”
“Then you’re an idiot,” Moran replied.“You’re going to go after somebody’s body to denigrate their ideas? What grade are you in? Seriously. Are you a 13-year-old boy?”
Yiannopoulous continued to paint himself as a “virtuous troll” who’s doing “God’s work.” A conversation starter.
“My rudeness creates conversation,” he claimed, “If my rudeness provokes people into saying, first of all, ‘Oh, what a monster,’ and then 20 percent of people start talking about what I was actually saying, I will consider my career to be a terrific success.”
In fact, he thinks the country would be better of with more people like him.
“America needs more trolling,” he said.
Watch the exchange below.