Milo Yiannopoulos, foreground left, arrives for a news conference in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Milo Yiannopoulos represented the conservative movement's struggle with powerful and conflicting forces in the early days of Donald Trump's presidency, even before he lost his job and speaking slot in this week's Conservative Political Action Conference. The 33-year-old British professional provocateur is among the new players in Trump's Republican Party, which is increasingly defined by a say-anything populism and a loose affiliation with white nationalists.Indeed, the conservative movement is in flux as thousands of adherents prepare to gather in suburban Washington for its largest annual gathering. Not long ago, the conference showcased the far-right fringe and the Republican Party's rigid devotion to conservative ideology. Yet in the age of unfiltered Trump, CPAC may be outflanked by the likes of Yiannopoulos and the president's chief counselor, Stephen Bannon, whose confrontational brand of Republican politics ignores decades of conservative orthodoxy on key issues.Yiannopoulos was removed from the conference speaking program earlier in the week following new scrutiny of video clips in which he appeared to defend sexual relationships between men and boys as young as 13 .On social issues, however, Trump appears to be tacking right.
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