Here’s the intro to the Wikipedia post concerning Trump aide Sebastian Gorka: ” Sebastian Lukacs v. Gorka (Hungarian: Gorka Sebestyén Lukács; born 1970) is an American military and intelligence analyst, a professor, and a member of the national security advisory staff; currently he serves as a deputy assistant to the President of the United States, Donald Trump. Gorka is of Hungarian ancestry and was born and grew up in the United Kingdom, lived in Hungary from 1992 to 2008, and as of 2012 is a naturalized American citizen..” Note the part about “a member of the national security advisory staff.”
Now consider this from an article new today on Slate, by Michelle Goldberg, “Gutter Trash Sebastian Gorka’s ties to a group of Nazi collaborators is a new low for Donald Trump’s administration.”
“…Reporters Lili Bayer and Larry Cohler-Esses found strong evidence that Gorka swore a lifetime oath to a far-right Hungarian group, the Vitézi Rend. The State Department classifies the Vitézi Rend as having been “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany” during World War II; as such, members are “presumed to be inadmissible” to America under the Immigration and Nationality Act and must disclose their membership on immigration applications. (The organization was banned in Hungary following World War II but reconstituted after the fall of communism.)
Two leaders of the Vitézi Rend told Forward that Gorka is a full member. Further, members of the group, who undergo “a solemn initiation rite,” adopt a lowercase “v.” as a middle initial. There are multiple records of Gorka spelling his name “Sebastian L. v. Gorka,” including on his 2008 doctoral dissertation and in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee in 2011. Gorka didn’t respond to the Forward’s requests for comment, and when a reporter from Buzzfeed contacted him, he stonewalled, saying, ‘Send a request to White House press.’”
Is Gorka really into fascism? Here’s more from Goldberg: “One clue was when Gorka, who was born in London to Hungarian parents, dressed up for one of Trump’s inaugural balls in a black braided jacket popular with the Hungarian far right, pinned with a medal associated with Hungarian Nazi collaborators. Then in February, Jewish newspaper the Forward found that from 2002–2007, when Gorka was active in politics in Hungary, he worked closely with anti-Semitic politicians and wrote for openly anti-Semitic newspapers.”
Yes, an actual fascist in the White House. And then, there is this. Also from Slate: Another Day, Another Report About Steve Bannon’s Affection for Nazism by Ben Mathis-Lilley .
Mathis-Lilley has the following to say: “Earlier this week, we noted that an infamous American white supremacist named Jared Taylor had celebrated the return to prominence of an iconic 1970s white-pride novel called The Camp of the Saints—a book that has been in the news because it has been repeatedly praised in recent years by top Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon. Among its other charming qualities, the French novel—which depicts white civilization being overrun by rape-crazed minority mobs—refers to black characters as ‘niggers’ and ‘rats.’ Bannon apparently thinks it aptly predicted the current migrant crisis.
It would have been understandable if you had thought that was going to be the only Steve Bannon/French racist story of the week. But you would have been wrong! From a Politico piece on Bannon’s views on Europe:
Bannon has also expressed admiration for the reactionary French philosopher Charles Maurras, according to French media reports confirmed by Politico. Maurras, like Bannon, was a Catholic nationalist, and he argued in the early 1900s that the Enlightenment had elevated the individual over the nation. (One person who knows Bannon said he has spoken of the coming end of the Enlightenment.)”
I’ve blogged on Bannon before myself. See Darth Bannon, my February 11 post, McCarthy, Evola, and The Camp of the Saints, from March 5, and Who are Bannon and Trump? from March 14. Bannon is a serious right-wing ideologue bent on destroying our government institutions so that he can replace them with something “pure”. What is he doing on the National Security Council?
Still, context is everything. Perhaps Trump provides some “idealogical” balance. You don’t have to go far to test that theory. Here’s a post from Indian Country Media Network, by Lynn Cordova,
“President Donald Trump once referred to Andrew Jackson as “an amazing figure in American history — very unique so many ways”.
Cordova writes: “While Trump reveres Andrew Jackson, once calling him ‘an amazing figure in American history — very unique so many ways,’ Native Americans, however, consider the late president a villain directly responsible for the death of thousands of Cherokee during the forced march remembered as the Trail of Tears. Jackson’s Indian Removal Act of 1830 aggressively pushed Native Americans off their ancestral lands, which Jackson stole and purchased for plantation use. His documented hostility and hatred of Native Americans earned Jackson the names ‘Indian Killer‘ and ‘Sharp Knife.‘
‘The Cherokee were rounded up in the summer of 1838 and loaded onto boats that traveled the Tennessee, Ohio, Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers into Indian Territory. Many were held in prison camps awaiting their fate,’ the Cherokee Nation wrote on its website.”
Trump laying a wreath on Andrew Jackson’s grave shows the same cultural insensitivity as removing mention of the Jews from the administration commemoration of the holocaust. It is time to seriously wonder what is wrong with these people and it’s time do something about it. The term “impeachment’ comes to mind.