By Alan Gordon
White supremacists have praised FOX News’ hiring of former White House national security advisor Sebastian Gorka. Gorka was pushed out of the White House a few months ago, but has resurfaced as a FOX News commentator. And this pleased the far right.
“I thought FOX News was going liberal on us, they fired Bill O’Reilly because he was just being a man, but the hiring of Gorka means they are still down with the cause,” said a commentator on the white supremacist site Stormfront.
“Gorka is one of us,” said an article on the Daily Stormer, another neo-Nazi site.
Gorka, who also wrote for Breitbart, has a controversial past. He claims to be a national security expert, but has little experience in that area. When he worked in the White House, few people knew what he actually did.
Gorka, who is of Hungarian descent, was described as a “snake oil peddler,” by a local intelligence official. He was also fired from his role as an adviser to the FBI for making anti-Muslim statements.
“The inflammatory pundit Sebastian Gorka worked for the FBI while he was a paid consultant to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, lecturing bureau employees on counterterrorism issues. Until the FBI terminated Gorka for his over-the-top Islamophobic rhetoric,” said the Daily Beast.
According to the Forward, he has ties to far-right groups in Hungary.
“Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s top counter-terrorism adviser, is a formal member of a Hungarian far-right group that is listed by the U.S. State Department as having been ‘under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany’ during World War II, leaders of the organization have told the Forward,” said Media Matters.
In addition, Gorka has constantly downplayed the threat of domestic terrorism by white men.
Last month, he said gun violence in Chicago was a bigger threat to the nation.
“Our big issue is black African gun crime against black Africans. It is a tragedy,” said Gorka in an interview on a Sinclair-owned television station, according to the Hill.