Sebastian Gorka has said that he can better serve Donald Trump's agenda from outside the White House. Apparently, that includes indulging in petulant conspiracy theories to bolster his own image.
Though in Gorka’s telling, he left on his own accord. But considering the source, that should be taken with a massive grain of salt.
In his resignation letter, Gorka went into full conspiracy theorist mode: “It is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are — for now — ascendant within the White House,” he wrote to Donald Trump.
He added, “The best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”
Apparently, that “support” includes continuing to cultivate his conspiracist mindset and to unleash petulant tirades against those “ascendant” forces that cost the poor neo-Nazi his cushy White House role.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4, Gorka ran the gamut from ludicrous to unhinged, sounding exceedingly bitter the whole time.
Speaking to host Paddy O’Connell, Gorka again insisted that he had not been fired, but instead had resigned his position. When O’Connell noted that the Huffington Post reported the resignation came because Gorka’s security clearance had been revoked, Gorka denied it, saying the Huffington Post was only trying to “make political interest out of this story.”
O’Connell asked if it was Chief of Staff John Kelly who wanted Gorka and Steve Bannon out of the administration. Gorka said that Kelly had nothing to do with it.
“It’s to do with the pressure of those people who do not wish the Make America Great Again agenda to succeed,” Gorka insisted, specifically referencing Trump’s speech on Afghanistan, which was written, he says, “by people who clearly are not part” of that agenda.
And once Bannon had departed, Gorka claimed the “writing was on the wall that those people who do not support the president’s agenda were going to be pushing me out.” And in a laughable claim of principle, Gorka pompously said that it would have been “immoral” for him to receive a “taxpayer-funded paycheck just to sit around or to do press interviews.”
“Therefore, the right thing to do was to resign and to support the president from the outside,” Gorka said, continuing his preferred version of events.
Rather than naming Kelly as being at fault, Gorka instead blamed the whole debacle on “people who wish to undermine the president from their positions inside the administration.”
When O’Connell ran through the list of staffers who have either resigned or been let go — Gorka, Bannon, Anthony Scaramucci, Reince Priebus, and Sean Spicer — and asked why it is “so difficult to support the president from the building that was built to house him,” Gorka turned the petulance and weirdness up to 11.
Claiming that Trump won the election against “immense odds” and calling the victory and “insurgency” that took over “the swamp that is the Washington administrative state.” A “hostile takeover,” in fact.
And he wasn’t done.
GORKA: Right now, the forces that are un-Trumpian are in ascendance — I put that in my letter to the president —
O’CONNELL: Who leads them? Who leads them?
GORKA: — but that will change. There’s no conspiracy theory here, and there’s no central leader. They’re individuals who, if you look at their career, clearly would have been very comfortable working for Hillary Clinton in her cabinet, and as such, they don’t really represent the victory of November the eighth.
O’CONNELL: Can you name one?
GORKA: I will not name anybody.
Claiming you have super secret, really big information but refusing to divulge it is pretty much the clearest way to make it clear that you are lying through your teeth.
And it is also obvious that Gorka is desperate to save face, and to make it seem like he left the White House by his own volition because of terrible people within it — rather than go along with reality and admit that he was pushed out because he himself finally got too terrible for even this administration to continue propping up.
Listen to his ridiculous tirade below.
If nothing else, it shows that there is one thing many Americans can agree on.
It is far better for the country that Gorka is no longer in the White House.