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Gorka Leaves White House Amid Controversy

by Countable | 8.26.17

What's the story?

Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s national security aide, departed his post late Friday.

Gorka told The Associated press that he resigned, while a White House official said he didn’t resign, but "no longer works at the White House."

Why does it matter?

The ex-aide’s hardline views on immigration and terrorism caused friction inside and outside the White House.

"Although Trump enjoyed watching [Gorka’s] cable television appearances, in which he performed like a pit bull and taunted many news anchors for peddling what he and the president deemed ‘fake news,’" the Washington Post wrote, “Gorka had run afoul of many of his colleagues, including some on the National Security Council who considered him a fringe figure.”

Gorka declined to discuss his departure, but his resignation letter was posted Friday night on The Federalist.

"[G]iven recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the [Make America Great Again] promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House," Gorka wrote. “As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”

Prior to joining the Trump administration, Gorka had been an editor at the conservative website Breitbart News. As such, Gorka was a close ally to Steve Bannon, who rejoined Breitbart last week as executive chairman following his departure as Trump’s chief strategist. Gorka is in talks to rejoin the conservative news outlet.

What do you think?

Are you glad to see Gorka gone? Did you support his policies? Is this part of a sea change to the Trump administration? Comment below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Azrael
    08/26/2017
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    Controversy ??? How about Nazi, bigot, racist, homophobic ... Need I go on How did he get in our White House? We put you in charge of the door.

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  • Maureen
    08/26/2017
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    I will be happy when they are all gone.

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  • Jackie
    08/26/2017
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    Turning on each other. Just wish Trump would leave too.

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  • Pamela
    08/26/2017
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    Good riddance Gorka! Too bad he didn't take 45 with him.

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  • HockeyGuy
    08/26/2017
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    When are the rest of the snakes in the swamp going to leave??? Can we at least get rid of the lead snake Trump next???

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  • Dawn
    08/26/2017
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    I'm glad he's gone, but entire administration needs to GO NOW!

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  • Abbi
    08/26/2017
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    Okay That's two nazis out now we just need the president and Vice President to resign

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  • Oneda
    08/27/2017
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    My hope is that the all of the people in the cabinet and assigned posts by the president will leave. We cannot tolerate the hate, harm and racist views the president speaks, does, and encourages others to do. So much harm has already been done to America in this months that he has been in office.

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  • Pamela
    08/26/2017
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    Did he take trump with him?

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  • Anya
    08/26/2017
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    Good riddance. Looking forward to the Trump regime out of the WH. Hope it's sooner than later but it's already not soon enough.

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  • Sheryl
    08/26/2017
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    MAGA was based on turning back the clock to the McCarthyism era. Ironically Trump LOVES the Russians & Nazis, but hates communism. This time, instead of the RED SCARE we have the MEXICAN or ISLAMIC scare. But Trump is using the same fear tactics where all federal employees must be screened for 'loyalty'. Back in those days the conservatives blamed communist influence for women's suffrage and child labor laws. This period of time was a conservative reaction to FDRs New Deal, which was considered socialism or communism in those days. The DOJ started keeping a list of subversives enabled by J Edgar Hoover of the FBI. Soon people were placed on BLACK LISTS, refused jobs and welfare services for participating in any activities that resembled communism. The entire government was corrupt. Citizens were afraid to say or do anything that might resemble learnings toward communism. It was a dark decade in our history. Ironically it followed the presidency of FDR, much like our current Trump period has followed the presidency of Obama. Back then it took brave liberals appointed to the Supreme Court to finally bring an end to the witch hunts where Americans were assumed guilty until proven innocent. WE NEED TO STOP THIS NOW! Don't think it can't happen in the USA, because it already did. RESIST!

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  • Kodiwodi
    08/26/2017
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    Two racist Nazis down, several more to go. Including the President.

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  • Mary
    08/27/2017
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    At least one more needs to resign at that is the unstable bigot who is called our president.

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  • Lawrence
    08/26/2017
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    No love lost!

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  • Joanne
    08/26/2017
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    Yeah!!! Another one bites the dust!!!

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  • Figaro
    08/26/2017
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    Don't let the door hit you..,

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  • Shirley
    08/27/2017
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    Gorka leaving is a positive step. Of course we'll never know the truth about how it happened. Trump does not concern himself with truth .

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  • Lisa
    08/26/2017
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    Another clown gone , hopefully the rest will follow☮️

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  • Judith
    08/27/2017
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    Good riddance to another traitorous player in the WH! Looking through the comments, I see supposedly "informed conservatives" who spout Breitbart talking points (and in one case, an entire storyline) as "facts" and "proof" that they are the ones who are "woke" and the rest of us are ill informed idiots. To those people, I would sincerely and compassionately urge you to become acquainted with what actual facts are, because your stated sources show you are unaware of the difference between opinions and conspiracies and actual, proven facts. This is problematic for our country and shows one of the least talked about ways in which this traitorous cabal of grifters in the WH have damaged our country, perhaps irreparably. 45 and his minions keep calling actual news and provable facts "fake", and because the true facts don't square with his followers (and I'm sorry, you are "followers" being lead down a destructive path as with any cult leader), they believe the BS line that the true facts are "fake". It gives them comfort and when they run back to what has been proven over and over to be organizations replete with falsehoods, debunked conspiracy theories, and outright lies, like Breitbart and FauxNews and Hannity, they get this belief reinforced. This is dangerous for our country! When people are being brainwashed into denying provable facts and cannot agree that words have meaning and facts are facts, we cannot have meaningful discourse to fix our very real problems in this country. Stop telling us what you "think" the "president" meant. We can hear what he says perfectly clearly and it is horrific, racist, misogynist, xenophobic, homophobic vile rhetoric designed to make you feel better than someone else and give you a false sense of superiority even as he and your other conservative "heros" steal your healthcare and place huge tax burdens on you in order to pay off and reward their über rich friends. Please wake up to the fact that you are being played! I'm sorry, I know it hurts and no one likes being made a fool, but the sooner you come to grips with the fact that this is what your "conservative movement" is doing to you, the sooner you can join the rest of us in trying to save this country from the traitorous Criminal in Thief!

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  • MJDalio
    08/27/2017
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    Sebastian Gorka is one of President Trump and America's most loyal supporters. He is also one of Steve Bannon's most ardent and articulate warriors. Gorka and Bannon together at Brietbart will be gearing up for a great media war in support of American values and President Trump!

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