Effort to bring Milo Yiannaopolous to San Diego State University

Posted at 6:04 PM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 21:04:49-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- 10News has learned San Diego State University has rejected the plan to bring controversial political figure Milo Yiannopolous to campus.  Last week, 10News reported the College Republicans of SDSU had booked Yiannopolous to speak October 29.  Now the group is considering legal action in response.

The University tells 10News its security team judges that it would need six hours to prepare for the event, but that because another group has the venue, Montezuma Hall, booked until an hour before the proposed Yiannopolous speech, there is not enough time.

Yiannoplous rose to fame as an editor at Breitbart, a conservative website. He became nationally known when he directed his Twitter followers to "troll" Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones. The event led Twitter to shut down Yiannoplous' account.

Since then, he's become a popular speaker for conservative groups on college campuses. A recent scheduled speech at UC Berkeley erupted in clashes with protesters.

A spokesperson for San Diego State University tells 10News they have offered to work with the student organization to review other potential dates for Yiannopolous to speak.  However, College Republicans of SDSU president Brandon Jones accuses the university of being dishonest.  He claims a university representative has since told him no other dates are available.

In a text message to 10News, he wrote:

"The bottom line is the university knew Milo would be going on a national tour and would only be in Southern California during the end of October. They're paying lip service to the media by saying they'd be willing to have him come during the spring semester."

Jones says they have a team of legal lawyers advising them about the next step.

10News asked the university about the accusation that it is not offering other dates. The spokesperson wrote back reiterating its previous statement about working with the student organization to review other dates.