Earlier this year, reports emerged that Sebastian Gorka, Donald Trump’s top counterterrorism adviser, allegedly worked with anti-Semitic and fascistic politicians while living in Hungary for a five year period in the early 2000’s. In any normal administration, such reports would likely have led to Gorka’s immediate ouster. Instead, in Trump’s White House, Gorka’s influence has seemingly never been greater.
Now, according to reporting by the newspaper Forward, significant evidence exists that Gorka’s activities in Hungary were far more extreme: most disturbingly, there is reason to believe he may have pledged allegiance to the Vitézi Rend, Hungarian Nazi group. If these reports are true, it would mean that a sworn Nazi is operating at the highest levels of American government. As reported by Slate:
“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.”
“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.'”
After originally referring inquiries to the White House, Gorka is now denying the story. Forward is sticking by its reporting.
This report is beyond disturbing, and must be investigated immediately. Three Democratic Senators have already demanded an inquiry into Gorka’s US citizenship application (Gorka was born in the United Kingdom. Had Gorka disclosed membership in the Nazi group during the application process, he likely would not have been granted citizenship). The Trump administration is already facing charges of anti-Semitism; should it fail to act swiftly and decisively with respect to these allegations, such charges will be vindicated.