The Jewish Daily Forward, a far-left paper led by the likes of Peter Beinart (a man who supports the “Boycott, Divest, Sanctions” (BDS) movement to boycott the state of Israel), has wrongly accused a top Trump aide of being a member of a Nazi group.
The Forward alleged Thursday that Sebastian Gorka — a counterterrorism expert and staunch supporter of the Jewish people and the State of Israel — is a member of the Hungarian Vitezi Rend political group, which was reportedly once tied to Nazi sympathizers during World War II.
No evidence is provided to support the allegation that Gorka is a member of the group. But as supposed proof, the Forward interviews an alleged member of Vitez Rend who claims to have known his father, who says, “of course he was sworn in.” Yet, the man in the interview does not claim to be a witness to Gorka’s swearing in, nor does he claim to be even know the Trump official beyond meeting him one time.
Nonetheless, the Left couldn’t pass up an opportunity to run wild with the unproven allegations against a top Trump adviser. The story — which again, provided zero evidence for the severe allegations — has been picked by the Atlantic, Salon, Buzzfeed, and several other leftist publications. Moreover, the Hamas-tied Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling for his firing.
Gorka has flat out denied that he is a member of the group, which calls into question the Forward and its shaky reporting standards.
“I have never been a member of the Vitez Rend. I have never taken an oath of loyalty to the Vitez Rend. Since childhood, I have occasionally worn my father’s medal and used the ‘v.’ initial to honor his struggle against totalitarianism,” Gorka tells Tablet Magazine.
According to Tablet, the reason why the White House did not respond to the Forward story was due to a belief that “the allegations were so blatantly false and so aggressively poorly-sourced, that no responsible journalist would ever publish them.”
In its obsessive campaign against Gorka, the Forward has published a dozen hit pieces targeting the Trump advisor over the past month alone.
Gorka is a favorite target of the Left largely because of his unapologetic views on radical Islam. He insists that there is an ideological component to extremist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS. He has also drawn condemnation from inside the ivory towers of politically correct academia for expressing that there is a religious aspect to their extremist doctrines.
The Trump aide has consistently received the backing of prominent experts and government officials. He has been described as a “patriot” who is “about as anti-Semitic as Benjamin Netanyahu.” Last month, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), who leads the Israel Allies Caucus in Congress, described Gorka as the “staunchest friend of Israel and the Jewish people.”
Not once has the establishment media found a shred of public evidence that Gorka harbors anti-Semitic views or has expressed anti-Jewish opinions. Nonetheless, their campaign to oust him continues.
Author’s note: This correspondent is a former colleague of Dr. Gorka’s.
Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for CR. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel