Fox News’ Sean Hannity invited Trump aide Sebastian Gorka on his program Wednesday night to give him a chance to respond to what he deemed an “Alinsky-style attack” on his reputation in the media.
Our detractors can’t argue us on the merits so they attack us personally.
So telling. https://t.co/KIXhArPzJY@FoxNews pic.twitter.com/Fy4Q9Wnoxy
— Sebastian Gorka PhD (@SebGorka) February 16, 2017
Hannity took issue with recent news reports probing the background of Gorka, a former Breitbart News editor and self-declared counterterrorism expert, and accused the media of unfairly focusing on the commander-in-chief’s inner circle.
“Like Reince [Priebus], like [Steve] Bannon, like Jared [Kushner], like Ivanka, like the presidents’ children, like Kellyanne [Conway], like Steve Miller, you too have come under fire,” Hannity said to Gorka, a frequent guest on his program. “It seems that there’s this Alinsky-style attack against anybody that’s around the President.”
The “Hannity” host said he wanted to allow Gorka the opportunity to discuss “unfair” attacks on his credibility. He pointed specifically to reports that Gorka had a more limited role as a witness in the Boston Marathon bombing trial than his public biography suggested, and added that there’s “even people suggesting you’re a Nazi sympathizer.” Outlets including TPM had noted Gorka wore a medal to an inaugural ball for President Donald Trump that some Hungarian scholars associate with a Nazi ally.
“I think we’re doing our job very well, Sean, if this is the best they can do,” Gorka said.
“I just find it amusing. My father was 9 years old when World War II started, he lived through the siege of Budapest, he was put in prison by the communist dictators, and I’m the guy who is some kind of extremist?” he asked.
Gorka claimed the acting U.S. attorney in Boston told him he was “so sorry” for the reports about his involvement in the trial and would make sure that future stories about it would describe his involvement “accurately.”
Gorka has long sold himself as an “expert witness” in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev. While Gorka submitted a lengthy “expert report” on the “global Jihadist movement,” an anonymous official at the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston told Fusion that Gorka never testified at the trial and “nothing he gave us was ever used.”
Watch the Fox clip below.