As an adviser to what he calls one of the “most pro-Israeli administrations in U.S. history,” Sebastian Gorka has been dealing with backlash since February when leftist media reports emerged falsely claiming he is a “Nazi sympathizer” in order to discredit him.
The same accusations followed the deputy assistant of President Trump to Georgetown University on Monday, where he sat on a panel called, “News, Alternative Facts and Propaganda: The Role of Cyber in Influence Operations.”
The panel, which featured government officials from Finland and Estonia, was so inundated with questions from students and protesters, who held up homemade signs in opposition to Gorka’s reported anti-Semitism, that he decided to leave the stage, stating that he wanted “to allow my colleagues to actually get questions about the issues on the table.”
Previously a national security editor for Breitbart News, Gorka has publicly defended Trump’s policies on fighting terrorism, and tried to defend himself at the conference, saying, “Every single person holding a placard to protest my parents and myself, I challenge you now go away and look at everything I have said or written in the last 46 years of my life and find one sentence that is anti-Semitic or that is anti-Israeli, because you won’t find one.”
The lie began when Democratic senators Ben Cardin, Dick Durbin and Richard Blumenthal asked the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department to investigate Gorka on suspicions that he was affiliated with a Christian Hungarian group, called Vitezi Rend, that may have had an association with the Nazi Party back in the mid-1940s because he wore a pin from that organization, which used to belong to his Hungarian father.
Students questioned Gorka, asking if he was actually a member of Vitezi Rend, to which he explained that his father was awarded a medal for his role in the resistance to fascist and communist dictators “by an anti-communist group created in the West that shared its name with an older organization known as the Order of Vitezi.”
Gorka told the students, “You are the victims of fake news,” noting that what has happened to him is a perfect example of how fake new is used to discredit people.
“I have never taken an oath of loyalty to the Vitezi Rend,” he had stated, after unfounded accusations emerged claiming that he was a formal member of the group, adding, “Since childhood, I have occasionally worn my father’s medal and used the ‘V’ initial to honor his struggle against totalitarianism.”
Lamenting the apparent demise of classic investigative journalism, Gorka explained that many “palace intrigue stories written about the White House now help sell newspapers but often present events that are totally contrary to what happened inside the building.”
After stating his truth, Gorka gathered his things and abruptly left the stage. The panel discussion continued without him.
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