When he talks about Dangerous, he sounds mad. “This isn’t the biggest book of the year,” he says, “this is the biggest book of the decade – if they saw it through. Maybe the most influential conservative polemic of the half century.” His editor at Simon & Schuster didn’t think so, describing it as “a superficial work full of incendiary jokes with no coherent or sophisticated analysis of political issues”. After they cancelled the book, Milo sued them for $10m, then changed his mind and didn’t.
Meanwhile, he says, he has outgrown Breitbart: “It is not a star factory. I was outgrowing the masthead.” He is in denial about why he is hated. “Sarah Silverman has said worse stuff about Jews,” he says. “Joan Rivers said worse stuff about everyone. I haven’t really said anything that awful. The thing I’m most closely associated with is ‘Feminism is Cancer’, which isn’t even an insult.” He chews. “It’s an internet meme.” This was a 2013 Twitter poll in which he asked, would you rather your child had feminism or cancer? “22,000 people voted,” he says happily, “and cancer won!”
I ask him to imagine he has a child with cancer. He can’t do it. “Cancer, yeah,” he says, “Cancer is curable,” because he doesn’t understand cancer. “Feminism,” he ponders, “you could be the walking dead your whole life.” He doesn’t understand feminism, either.