Former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka appeared on Fox Business' Trish Regan Primetime to discuss border security and the Democratic Party — a political group Gorka said has become “fundamentally un-American.”
During a back-and-forth regarding funding for President Trump’s desired border wall, Gorka and Regan lamented that the Democratic Party has “lost its way”, as Gorka implied incoming lawmakers like New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are not only inexperienced but extreme leftists.
The Democrat Party of yesteryear, your father's Democrat party, was one of compassion, was one that focused on the working class, but it was a party of patriots. These were people who loved America. J.F.K was a Democrat. Could you imagine a more hard-core anti-communist, strong on national security, than John F. Kennedy?
The Democrat Party has left the real Democrats, and they have become fundamentally un-American.
This is a particularly interesting statement considering Gorka’s ties to a Nazi-linked group whose medal he wore on national television.
Controversy has swirled around Sebastian Gorka, one of Trump's top counterterrorism advisers, ever since he attended the president's Jan. 20 Inaugural Ball wearing the honorary medal of Hungarian nationalist organization Vitezi Rend.
NBC News traveled to Hungary to dig deeper into Gorka's ties with the group, speaking with members of the organization as well as with locals who knew him when he lived there.
"When he appeared on U.S. television ... with the medal of the Vitez Order ... it made me really proud," Vitezi Rend spokesman Andras Horvath said in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Vitezi Rend is also known as the Order of Vitez.
Gorka has maintained that he was never a formal member of the group and only wears the medal in honor of his father:
In several statements to the media, he has explained that he wore the medal to honor his late father, Paul Gorka, who was awarded it for his fight against communism during Hungary's period of communist rule. He has given a similar reasoning for occasionally using the initial "v." in his name — a mark used by Vitezi Rend members to show the order has been bestowed upon them. He said it was in remembrance of his dad.
Last month, three Vitezi Rend officials told American-Jewish newspaper The Forward that Sebastian Gorka was one of their order.
When asked about the allegations in NBC News' investigation, Sebastian Gorka dismissed them as "fake news" and pointed to a statement he gave to online Jewish magazine Tablet last month.
"I have never been a member of the Vitez Rend. I have never taken an oath of loyalty to the Vitez Rend," he told the publication. "Since childhood, I have occasionally worn my father's medal and used the 'v.' initial to honor his struggle against totalitarianism."