Trump's Nazi foreign policy adviser is a sworn Nazi, says Nazi group
- Author: Arturo Norris Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 22:57
Sebastian Gorka, an assistant to President Trump, stonewalled when BuzzFeed News asked about a report that he belongs to a Nazi-allied group. For Gorka specifically, there is the added problem of his own citizenship.
The Forward reported on Thursday that Gorka was a formal member of the Historical Vitézi Rend, a Hungarian far-right group whose predecessor, the Vitézi Rend, was recognized by the State Department as under the direction of the Nazis.
The Forward explains that the group that Gorka belongs to is a derivative of the original group banned in the U.S. since 1989, and that two groups claim to be the heirs to the original Vitézi Rend. Horthy was a Nazi ally. "Failure to address this case would further confirm the intent of this Administration is to discriminate on the basis of religion, rather than combat extremist views".
If Gorka is a formal member of this group, then that jeopardizes his immigration status as members are "presumed to be inadmissible" to the USA under the guidelines set by the Immigration and Nationality Act.
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.
Gorka has said he sometimes wears a medal associated with the Order of Vitéz, which belonged to his father, to commemorate his father's anti-communist efforts in Hungary.
"Donald Trump has repeatedly said that the United States needs to implement, 'extreme vetting, ' in order to determine if we should allow certain immigrants into our country", the group said in a statement.
Gorka, who previously worked for White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon at Breitbart News, was born in the United Kingdom to Hungarian parent who fled the country during the nation's 1956 revolution, according to his biography on the Institute for World Politics.
Gorda's response to the report that he pledged lifelong allegiance to the anti-Semitic order is less verbose.
Gorka did not respond to multiple emails to his work and private accounts about his involvement in the group, nor has the White House released a statement, the Forward reports.
That's not a denial.