I wonder why perpetual Nevada candidate Danny Tarkanian believed having the infamous Sebastian Gorka assist with fundraising on December 19th was a good idea? [NVIndy] Even if one’s plan is to be Trumpier than Trump, Gorka is perhaps not the best choice. First, Gorka didn’t last as an official Trumper past August 25, 2017. The circumstances were not entirely pleasant:
“Mr. Gorka also said that in fighting terrorism, white supremacists should not be a concern. He made the remarks shortly before the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va., in which a man who was said to admire Adolf Hitler rammed his car into counterprotesters and left a woman dead.” [NYT]
Not surprising for a member of a radical right wing bunch of Hitler aficionados:
“Gorka is a top terrorism adviser to Trump; like Flynn, he has a long record of militant attitudes toward Islam, and like Flynn, his foreign ties are now coming under serious scrutiny. The Forward reports Thursday that officers of Vitézi Rend, an anti-Semitic, quasi-Nazi Hungarian nationalist group, say Gorka is a sworn member. Gorka wore a medal typically worn by Vitézi Rend members to a January 20 inauguration ball, but said at the time that it was a gesture honoring his late father. He has also at times referred to himself as Sebastian L. v. Gorka, using a “v.” initial employed by Vitézi Rend members.” [Atlantic]
Gorka wasn’t the only extreme character on the menu last December. Enter Pastor Mark Burns. Burns had a “bit of a problem” with “embellishments” (ordinary people call these lies) on his resumé. [CNN] Uh, no, Pastor Burns did not get a Bachelors degree from North Greenville U., (he attended one semester) and no he doesn’t have a long and distinguished military career (more like four yrs in the SC National Guard, an organization separate from the Army Reserve.) However, he’s a Trumper and Tarkanian seems happy to be associated with Trumpers.
If all this information was available ages ago, as the Trump Administration is measured in Dog Years, then why is Tarkanian clinging to the Bannon ring of the circus?