Immigration

Top Trump Adviser Might Be An Actual Nazi

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The leaders of a group officially recognized as Nazi collaborators by the U.S. State Department say Trump terrorism adviser Sebastian Gorka is a sworn member of their group.

The elite order, known as the Vitézi Rend, was established as a loyalist group by Admiral Miklos Horthy, who ruled Hungary as a staunch nationalist from 1920 to October 1944. A self-confessed anti-Semite, Horthy imposed restrictive Jewish laws prior to World War II and collaborated with Hitler during the conflict. His cooperation with the Nazi regime included the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Jews into Nazi hands. [...]

Gorka — who Vitézi Rend leaders say took a lifelong oath of loyalty to their group — did not respond to multiple emails sent to his work and personal accounts, asking whether he is a member of the Vitézi Rend and, if so, whether he disclosed this on his immigration application and on his application to be naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 2012.

Buzzfeed News managed to contact Gorka and, when asked if he's literally a Nazi, Gorka told Buzzfeed he should ask the White House press office.

“Send a request to White House press,” Gorka told BuzzFeed News. [...]

Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, an independent US organization, linked Gorka’s non-denial of connections to the Vitézi Rend to what Goldstein calls the White House’s “weak reactions” to the recent spike in antisemitic hate crimes.

If someone asks if you're an actual Nazi, you should probably have a better response than this.

In any case, Gorka puts the entire Trump regime into perspective. An administration that loathes and demonizes refugees and immigrants with reckless abandon has a Nazi immigrant on staff who's within throwing distance of the oval office.

I'm calling for a complete and total shutdown of Nazi immigration until we can figure out what the hell is going on. We need extreme vetting.

  • muselet

    Everyone who’s surprised by this, raise your hand, please.

    I see … zero hands.

    Now, to be fair to the lightly credentialed (stolen without shame from Jefferson Morley) Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States, being a member of the Order of Vitéz doesn’t necessarily mean one is a Nazi:

    Hungarian scholars told TPM said that the Order of Vitéz has a complicated legacy there, and that wearing the group’s medal is not necessarily seen as an endorsement of [the group’s founder, Miklós] Horthy’s anti-Semitism. In recent years, Horthy has experienced a resurgence of popularity among Hungary’s far-right, who see him as a nationalist, patriotic strongman.

    George Deák, an independent historian and an associate at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, called the Order of Vitéz a “tainted” but ambiguous symbol.

    Interestingly, TPM was told that joining the group involves an initiation ceremony at which new members “swear loyalty to Hungary and the Order.” The naturalization oath Sebastian Gorka took when he became a US citizen says right at the beginning:

    I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen …

    Sounds to me like Gorka lied during his naturalization process, which I believe is grounds for revocation of his citizenship.

    Make America Great Again! Deport Sebastian Gorka!

    –alopecia

    • JMAshby

      If you read closely, you’ll notice that I was careful not to explicitly say he is a Nazi. I merely strongly hinted that he is, at the very least, a collaborator or sympathizer.

      Here he is wearing what amounts to a uniform at Trump’s inaugural ball.
      http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/sebastian-gorka-inauguration-medal-order-vitez-horthy

      Gorka’s choice of dress, a black braided jacket known as a “bocskai” adorned with two medals, wouldn’t necessarily catch the eye of an American viewer. But some Hungarians who came across the interview interpreted the getup as a nod to the knightly order of merit Horthy founded in 1920, the Order of Vitéz. Right-wing Hungarian media in particular fixated on what it saw as Gorka’s callback to a resurgent native icon of the far-right.

      My spider-sense says he’s a Nazi.

      • muselet

        Didn’t mean to imply you’d said that. Apologies.

        –alopecia

        • JMAshby

          You didn’t say anything wrong. I know how to word things to avoid threats. This isn’t my first rodeo.

    • Qahir Makhani

      NOOOOOOOO, we don’t want him back. Counter-intel him and get him to confess foreign involvement in Brexshit

  • Badgerite

    Oh Jesus. A card carrying Nazi no less. Because….of course.

    • Scopedog

      Yep. I mean…are any of us surprised by shit like this anymore?

      • Badgerite

        No. It is as bad as I thought it would be.