Washington, DC. At a time when President Trump is busy with a Chinese state visit and attacking an ally of the Russian Federation, shocking news emerges that a key adviser is tied to a Nazi anti-semitic hate group in Hungary.
A regognized Hungarian political leader in 2007, Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s chief counter-terrorism adviser, publicly supported a violent racist and anti-Semitic paramilitary militia that was later banned as a threat to minorities by multiple court rulings. Trump’s daughter Ivanka is married to Jared Kushner, an adviser to Trump and of Jewish ancestory himself.
In a video obtained by American news agencies of an August 2007 television appearance by Gorka, the future White House senior aide explicitly affirms his party’s and his support for the black-vested Hungarian Guard a group later condemned by the European Court of Human Rights for attempting to promote an “essentially racist” legal order.
Gorka was asked directly on the TV interview program if he supports the move by Jobbik, a far-right anti-Semitic party, to establish the militia, Gorka, appearing as a leader of his own newly formed party, replies immediately, “That is so.” The Guard, Gorka replies, is a response to “a big societal need.”
In his current position as deputy assistant to the president, Gorka, who immigrated to the United States and became an American citizen in 2012, serves as Trump’s chief consultant on counter-terrorism issues, and in particular on fighting jihadists. He has characterized the United States in this effort as a country “at war” and, in a recent interview, reaffirmed Trump’s call during his presidential campaign for surveillance of American Muslim communities.
The revelations could not come at a worse time for Trump, as war looms on the horizon in multiple theatres, low poll ratings, and Americans upset with his administrations initial actions, the Gorka scandal is truly one nightmare Trump could have done without.