Where was Sebastian Gorka to set us straight?
When a Nazi sympathizer ran down people protesting a “Unite the Right” rally in Virginia, why didn’t the Trump administration have Gorka speak for it like he did when a bomb destroyed a mosque in Bloomington, Minn.?
At that time, Gorka, deputy assistant to the president, cautioned us about making assumptions. It might have been a “fake hate crime,” one of a “series of hate crimes” that “turned out to actually have been propagated by the left.”
You’ve heard of those fake hate crimes, no doubt. No?
That kind of explanation will be difficult to prosecute in Charlottesville. We know who the killer was.
Driver aside, however. We also know who stomped on the accelerator: President Trump.
He didn’t drive the car. He just provided the fuel.
If you consider that an unconscionable claim, his handling of events in Charlottesville say everything.
It was an equal-opportunity abomination, he said, blaming “many sides” for what might emanate when young Nazis, Klan members and white supremacists gather to do – you know – what they do.
Then after two days and a penumbra of surrogates trying to explain away his feckless explanation, he said something that actually sounded condemnatory toward white supremacists and hard-right terrorists.
If he had condemnation in mind, he wasn’t just two days late. Why didn’t he say something the night before when torch-bearing white supremacists shattered the sanctum of the University of Virginia?
Let’s face it. In condemning this flammable hatred, Trump is months in arrears.
Why didn’t he send Gorka out to say the events in Charlottesville were concocted by the fake news media?
Then-candidate Trump, who is “very smart” – ask him — acted dim when asked about being endorsed enthusiastically by former Klan Grand Hoo-Hah David Duke. Trump said he didn’t know much about the man.
What’s to know except the cone of the man’s cap?
Saturday after the incident at Charlottesville, Duke sounded like he wanted Trump to send out the National Guard to protect his fellow salamanders from themselves.
“It was White Americans who put you in office,” tweeted Duke to Trump in what sounded like an SOS to a blood brother.
I know that Trump apologists are going to say that “guilt by association” is an unfair slur. But, my goodness, it’s not simply a matter of association when an avowed right supremacist like Steve Bannon is one of the president’s most trusted advisers.
And then there’s Gorka.
At Trump’s inaugural ball, Gorka wore something that is stunningly symbolic of the team he was joining.
The Vitezi Rend cross signifies a group to which Gorka’s father belonged and which was identified by the State Department as having collaborated with Nazis. Its members have denied or dismissed the dimensions of the Holocaust.
Fake news, you know.
This is the caliber of counsel our president has sought out. The other day when Trump made his reckless and rash statements about “fire and fury” aimed at North Korea, and when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to tamp down matters as a diplomat should, Gorka basically said Tillerson should clam and let the war mongers talk.
“The idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical,” said Gorka.
When Gorka had to explain himself, he blamed the “fake news industry” for putting Tillerson in a position to have to say something. Actually, we should assume Tillerson is in that position because he is secretary of state.
What a gallery of scoundrels our president has assembled, from Bannon, to Gorka, to Stephen Miller, who presumes now to speak for the Statue of Liberty about immigration. And don’t forget the segregationist Trump appointed attorney general.
But when it comes to fanning the flames of race-based hatred, understand that Donald Trump can do it all by himself.
Longtime newspaperman John Young lives in Colorado. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.