A former intern for incendiary right-wing pundit Milo Yiannopolous killed his father for calling him a Nazi.
Earlier this month, a BuzzFeed News report linked Yiannopolous and his former employer, Breitbart News, to white-supremacist groups. It included video of Yiannopolous singing karaoke for an audience raising their arms in Nazi salutes.
On July 14, Lane Davis, a YouTuber and prolific poster on the Donald Trump subreddit, stabbed his 73-year-old father to death on July 14, following an argument at his parents Samish Island, Washington, home, the Daily Beast reports.
Davis told police that the fight started over “whether toddlers could consent to sex or not,” and that his father, a lawyer, called him a Nazi and a racist. Police said that Davis would rant at his parents and the outbursts had become so intense that his father started recording them on his phone.
That day, the 33-year-old Davis had, according to the Daily Beast, "read and retweeted posts celebrating the Second Amendment, bemoaning diversity, and spreading conspiracy theories that alleged Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta was involved in a child sex ring and DNC staffer Seth Rich had been murdered for leaking sensitive emails to WikiLeaks." Over the previous week he posted on the Donald Trump subreddit; advocated a Kid Rock Senate run on the fringe blog The Ralph Retort, where he worked as a political editor; declared that America was under threat of Sharia law; and mused about whether CNN was "literally ISIS."
Davis also has a seven-year-old YouTube channel with 11,000 subscribers, where he discussed conspiracy theories about vaccines and 9/11 and posted pro-Trump raps. Around 2015, Davis was a researcher and ghostwriter for Yiannopolous.
"Mr. Davis was a volunteer for me for a brief period of time prior to my founding MILO Inc. I was unhappy with his work and discontinued the relationship. I then experienced his anger firsthand as he threatened me and later went to BuzzFeed making false and inaccurate accusations," said Yiannopolous in a statement.
Davis is being held on $1 million bail and has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. His trial is slated for January.