No one’s quite sure what President Trump’s “deputy assistant” Sebastian Gorka actually does in his White House role, but that hasn’t stopped him from being a major presence on cable news outlets as of late.
Gorka, who was formerly employed by Breitbart, appeared on the Breitbart News Daily radio show this Wednesday to address criticism over a past MSNBC appearance where he suggested that lone wolf terror attacks are a myth and were invented by Obama “to make Americans stupid.”
According to Gorka, the concept of a lone wolf is designed to minimize the threat of terror groups like ISIS and al Qaeda. In his radio interview, Gorka slammed a New York Times piece that brought up Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh as a response to his claim that there has “never been a serious attack or a serious plot that was unconnected from ISIS or al Qaeda.”
“It’s this constant, ‘Oh, it’s the white man. It’s the white supremacists. That’s the problem.'” Gorka said. “No, it isn’t … Go to Sinjar. Go to the Middle East, and tell me what the real problem is today. Go to Manchester.”
Gorka’s point that the Oklahoma City bombing was over 20-years ago is noted, but as ThinkProgress‘s Jedd Legum points out, since 9/11 “right-wing extremists — almost always white men and frequently white supremacists — have been far more deadly domestically than Muslim extremists.” According to a study highlighted by the New York Times in 2015, Muslim extremists were responsible for 50 deaths in the U.S. since 9/11, whereas right-wing extremists accounted for 337 attacks and 254 deaths.
Since Trump’s election there has been a rash of attacks by white supremacists targeting various minority groups. When another top Trump adviser, Stephen Miller, recently promoted Trump’s plan to drastically limit legal immigration, his arguments mirrored white supremacist rhetoric.
Although Islamist terror is real and could one day conceivably become the most prevalent threat the U.S. faces, Gorka’s attempts to absolve right-wing groups of any responsibility for terror is disturbing at best.
Listen to the interview below:
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