SEBASTIAN GORKA: A NAME YOU MIGHT NOT RECOGNIZE
BUT ONE THAT YOU SHOULD KEEP TRACK OF
We’ve come to know a few of the Trump Administration’s White House folks. Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary, keeps us informed of Trump’s latest Tweet that didn’t mean what it said and keeps us up to date about new definitions of words like “wiretap.” I’m assuming that he notifies the Oxford Dictionary folks since they are responsible for cataloging such newly defined terms. Then there’s the always enjoyable Kellyanne Conway who has a gift for making terrorist attacks up out of whole cloth and lets us know when the President or some other Trump Team member is using an Alternate Set of Facts so that we don’t think he or she is just lying. Then comes Religious War Of The Worlds theorist and Trump’s closest “policy advisor” and apparently was the author of the first failed Muslim Ban. Haven’t heard who penned the revised version but I’ll keep you posted. Steve Miller is another Trump Team member who seems to believe that Trump actually could shoot someone dead in the middle of New York’s Fifth Avenue and the Constitution absolves him of all legal, moral and ethical responsibility. (Don’t know a lot about this guy, but I’ll keep you posted.)
Me? I find Bannon, Miller and most of the Trump Team bunch scarier than a pack of staving vampires in search of fresh blood. But along comes one Sebastian Gorka who is far and away the scariest of the Trump wolf pack. I did read a piece about him a few weeks ago that alleged a pretty fulsome list of right wing, authoritarian and Fascist underpinnings and beliefs, but it wasn’t until yesterday that the full panoply of Mr. Gorka’s “philosophy” became known to me.
Here are a few snippets from an article I ran across.
Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s top counter-terrorism adviser, is a formal member of a Hungarian far-right group that is listed by the U.S. State Department as having been “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany” during World War II, leaders of the organization have told the Forward.
The elite order, known as the Vitézi Rend, was established as a loyalist group by Admiral Miklos Horthy, who ruled Hungary as a staunch nationalist from 1920 to October 1944. A self-confessed anti-Semite, Horthy imposed restrictive Jewish laws prior to World War II and collaborated with Hitler during the conflict. His cooperation with the Nazi regime included the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Jews into Nazi hands.
The group to which Gorka reportedly belongs is a reconstitution of the original group on the State Department list, which was banned in Hungary until the fall of Communism in 1989. There are now two organizations in Hungary that claim to be the heirs of the original Vitézi Rend, with Gorka, according to fellow members, belonging to the so-called “Historical Vitézi Rend.”
Several commentators also noted that in his 2008 doctoral dissertation at Hungary’s Corvinus University, Gorka presented his name as Sebastian L. v. Gorka. The “v.” is an initial used by members of the Vitézi Rend.
But Gorka did not use the initial only in academic papers.
In June 2011, Gorka testified in front of the House Armed Services Committee. His official testimony did not list his name as Sebastian L. Gorka, but rather as Dr. Sebastian L. v. Gorka.
Today, the Vitézi Rend organization presents itself as a “conservative, right-wing” group independent of party politics. But some of the organization’s newer members also openly embrace racist and anti-Semitic views. Footage on YouTube of a 2012 swearing-in ceremony of new members reveals Zsolt Bayer, a publicist and writer known as one of Hungary’s most outspoken anti-Semites, being initiated as a member.
But Gorka’s position in the Trump Administration is distinguished by his past work for foreign governments, involvement with nationalist and far-right groups and figures, and, perhaps most important, for security investigators, inconsistencies in how he portrays his own past.
The entire Gorka article is here: SEBASTIAN GORKA
I’m not sure about why it is that your President Trump seeks to surround himself with believers in conspiracy theories, Breitbart ideologues, authoritarian types and right wingers. Or maybe I do. You see, in right wing world, the small matter of the sudden disappearance of 6 million Jews, homosexual, Romanians, Gypsies and other non-Aryan German types, is just a liberal effete conspiracy theory. Or, in the alternate set of fats world, it did happen but not in the world that you and I inhabit.
Have A Great Day!
PS: Just in case you aren’t up to date on another former Trump Teamer:
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn received substantial paychecks from Russian entities in the year before joining Donald Trump’s campaign as a surrogate, newly released documents reveal. The payments include previously reported disbursements from the Kremlin-backed RT network, as well as from two separate Russian companies, and are likely to renew questions about the Trump campaign’s friendliness toward Russia.
Flynn attended a 10th anniversary gala for RT in December 2015, for which the government-funded network paid him $45,386, according to documents published Thursday by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member of the House Oversight Committee. Flynn, who had then most recently served in government as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, sat a few seats away from Russian President Vladimir Putin at the event. Flynn’s final cut was $33,750, after his speakers’ bureau, Leading Authorities, took a 25 percent commission.
The documents also show that in July 2015, Flynn received two separate payments of $11,250 from Volga-Dnieper, a cargo airline, and Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, a cybersecurity firm. Both companies are privately owned and based in Russia, though Flynn appears to have given talks to branches based in the U.S., according to Yahoo News.
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