Sebastian Gorka — whose job title is “Deputy Assistant to the President at the White House — can’t take tough questions about his ties to Nazi groups.
While attending a panel discussion at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, several students confronted Gorka during the Q&A portion of the dialogue about his ties to European nationalist groups that many equate with the neo-Nazi movement. According to Talking Points Memo (TPM), student Roey Hadar asked Gorka if recent terrorist attacks around the world were the result of “harsh anti-Muslim rhetoric in the media and in government.” A reportedly defensive Gorka turned the tables on the student, and accused him of “committing cultural appropriation and arrogance.”
In another exchange following the panel, which was titled “News, Alternative Facts, and Propaganda: The Role of Cyber in Influence Operations,” Andrew Meshnick — a student who organized a protest of Gorka — asked the Breitbart editor-turned-Trump advisor if the president manufactured “fake news” in concocting the fake Susan Rice scandal in tandem with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California). At that point, Gorka stormed out of the Q&A session, saying he wanted to make sure his fellow panelists got to answer questions. While Gorka announced at the beginning the session that he would have to leave by 1:30 PM, the Trump advisor reportedly left prior to that time, prompting accusations that the “combative” advisor to the president was dodging tough questions.
Self-identified "alpha male" Sebastian Gorka walks out of a panel discussion after 5 undergrads ask him questions about his credentials.
— Jared Stancombe (@jared_stancombe) April 24, 2017
@Georgetown students asking informed and detailed questions of Gorka. His responses eliciting laughter.
— Dan Byman (@dbyman) April 24, 2017
“He just stood up and walked out,” Meshnick told TPM. “He was sitting in the middle of the panel and there was no evidence he was supposed to leave early. It was clear he was uncomfortable. He was huffing and puffing and just very angry.”
Previously, Gorka has worn a lapel pin on his suit that sports the symbol of Vitézi Rend (the Order of Vitez), which is a Hungarian group founded by a Nazi collaborator. Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the U.S. State Department classifies the Order of Vitez as having been “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany” during World War II.
While he was just 28, Gorka reportedly signed his name as “Sebestyén L. v. Gorka,” using the lowercase v that is a signature of sworn members of the Order. Gorka has also given conflicting answers about his ties to the group, and has not given a direct response to questions about his 2007 endorsement of an extreme right-wing anti-Semitic paramilitary group in Hungary.
Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.