After spending time in the White House as a former Trump aide, Sebastian Gorka is one of few people who truly kept his distance from the press, which makes him a credible source when it comes to the controversial claims in a new book that purports to detail the inner workings of the White House.
Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” is “full of lies,” according to President Donald Trump. And in an opinion piece written for The Hill, which was published on Monday, Gorka backs him up.
“Unless we had a pre-existing relationship, I didn’t trust any journalist,” writes Gorka, who unfairly was lambasted by the press as a “Nazi” because of a lapel pin he once wore. “And if you came from an outlet that belonged to what President Trump calls #FakeNews, I really wasn’t interested in becoming your friend. To those few persistent journalists from news organizations like the Washington Post who wouldn’t give up, I was upfront: Sorry, I don’t do ‘deep background’ and I’m using my phone to record this conversation.”
Gorka recalls the time he met Michael Wolff in Reince Priebus’ office. Wolff was waiting to talk to Steve Bannon, and he was “told to also speak to him for his book.” Gorka refused to speak to Wolff and writes that he had a bad feeling about the man’s intentions. “Our brief encounter reinforced my gut feeling that this oleaginous scribe had no interest in being fair and unbiased,” writes Gorka, noting that he refuses to buy the book. (Although he doesn’t have to, since it’s been leaked all over social media by WikiLeaks.)
Nevertheless, Gorka felt comfortable discussing the book after he read excerpts released last week.
“First, Wolff is a partisan self-promoter with credibility issues the likes of which we haven’t seen in a very long time. We are used to Washington being divided, but the contents of this politically-motivated publication are so obviously false that the ‘swamp’ has descended to a new unimaginable low with its release,” Gorka begins before pointing out simple “mistakes” throughout the book, “such as President Trump having no idea who John Boehner is when they were previously golfing partners.”
But the biggest mistake in the book is “that a man whose reputation for 50 years has been defined around the concept of winning at everything he set out to do, had no intention of winning the election to the highest office in the land,” notes Gorka with irony as he also points out how this accusation undermines the assertion that there was in fact “collusion” between team Trump and the Russian government. “What is the logic of conspiring with Moscow in an election, if you never intended to win?”
Gorka points out undeniable proof that Wolff’s book is full of lies:
Wolff actually admits on page 10 of his prologue that he cannot verify anything that he details in his book, and that what he has provided is a “notional truth,” the merits of which the reader will have to decide upon by themselves. With this one statement, Wolff has done more to illuminate the political left writ large than any right-wing op-ed writer ever could.
For Wolff and all the Trump haters who buy his book and endorse what is, in practice, a smear campaign, the philosophy is crystal clear: Facts don’t matter. It’s the narrative that is king. Trump must be incompetent or mentally unwell because, well, we want him to be. “Notional truth” is another phrase for my ideological “reality,” a phrase that George Orwell would have recognized instantly.
Gorka finishes on a positive note, stating that the lies will be revealed in today’s climate of truth-tellers holding the mainstream media’s liberal narrative accountable.