Gorka Tells Reporter To ‘Go Outside And Lick A Metal Street Lamp’

on June 9, 2017 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: White House Deputy Assistant To The President Sebastian Gorka participates in a television interview outside the White House West Wing June 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. A former national secu... WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: White House Deputy Assistant To The President Sebastian Gorka participates in a television interview outside the White House West Wing June 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. A former national security editor for Breitbart, Gorka has hard-line stands on Islam and terrorism and past involvement in right-wing Hungarian politics. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 1, 2019 11:04 a.m.

Former White House aide Sebastian Gorka earned himself a spot in the reporter response Hall of Fame with an absolute zinger to the Daily Beast’s request for comment Thursday: “go outside and lick a metal street lamp.”

The weather was in the teens in Washington D.C. when Gorka delivered his devastating literary triumph.

The story for which the Daily Beast sought comment is less deserving of praise: Gorka is peddling a conspiracy theory forged in the fires of QAnon that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead or hiding a fatal illness, and that’s why she’s been absent from the bench lately.

Ginsburg is recovering from surgery to remove cancerous nodules from her lungs. Gorka and others are waiting with bated breath to see if Ginsburg will appear at the State of the Union next week as the final word on her condition. Though, as the Daily Beast points out, Supreme Court justices do not have to attend the speech and Ginsburg (with four of her colleagues) skipped last year.

Fox News accidentally supported the conspiracy theory last week, flashing a graphic claiming that Ginsburg died in an intro package about schools.

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