What author is trying to say: Trump’s “Redneck” base has adopted Milo as a token gay person to hide their deep homosphobia and gay hatred. (Which is how those deplorables really feel about gays.)
Simpler and Far More Plausible Explanation: Trump’s base never hated gays to begin with and just welcome Milo as part of the team.
Also, Milo’s very existence cheeses off the sort of left-wing bigots [and fanatical #NeverTrumpers] who imagine that gay-hatred is universal on the right and among the lower classes they think of as beneath them. The author seems to be more of a Jeb-Loving Sad Republican than a leftist; but I can’t help think Milo has done more for conservative gays than Jeb or any other Sad Republican could have.
The New Right prizes political incorrectness, triggering leftists, and anyone who strengthens their beliefs and mindsets. They’re also reactionary, which defines many of the issues they focus on.
Milo isn’t accepted because he’s gay, articulate (he’s not), or good-looking (debatable). He’s accepted because he plays on their mindsets and assumptions. He’s the gay who hates leftist victimization, and speaks his mind.
In many ways, the right’s acceptance of Milo is a mirror of their acceptance of Trump. Milo, like Trump, is a sign of the broader New Right that has come to appreciate controversy and loud-mouthed “honesty” above principles or self-respect.
It’d be a welcome change if Milo was normalizing homosexuality within the Republican party. It’s held the party back for quite a while now; about time it changes. But he’s not. Milo is merely indulging an audience that is all too willing to be indulged.