President Donald Trump is appointing Sebastian Gorka, his former deputy assistant, to a role in his administration, the White House announced Tuesday.
Gorka’s back: The Dragon of Budapest, as he’s been dubbed by awestruck political opponents, will serve a four-year term as a member of the National Security Education Board, the office of the press secretary said in a press release.
Gorka, a British-born Hungarian-American military intelligence analyst, left his adviser position in the White House in 2017 after John Kelly was appointed chief of staff and began ousting various non-establishment figures in Trump’s orbit.
Fear and trembling: The recent appointment of Gorka, who’s boasted of his ability to reduce liberals to “little puddles on the floor” at the mere sound of his voice, sparked consternation among his critics, some of whom have labelled him a “far-right nativist.”
“The Dragon of Budapest rises again,” warned one leftist Twitter user.
Qassim Rashid, a Democratic candidate for Virginia’s 1st Congressional District, hand-wrung over the announcement that Gorka would be coming back to the Trump administration.
Now that Gorka is BACK in the White House might be a good time to remind y'all that he is literally a Nazi— Qasim Rashid for Congress (@QasimRashid) July 14, 2020
Yes, after repeatedly praising Nazis, Trump is back to hiring them for the White House.
Only the "best" people huh? https://t.co/B3AdzEh37H
Gorka, for his part, appeared unfazed by critics and on Wednesday posted a photo with White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany to celebrate his return to the West Wing.
Back in the West Wing with the amazing @PressSec @kayleighmcenany waiting for my old - scratch that! - new boss, President @realDonaldTrump.— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) July 15, 2020
So good to be back in the @WhiteHouse! #KAG#OGTeam@WHRapidResponse pic.twitter.com/EMkgtTp1nr
Gorka takes on all comers: Liberals have made Gorka a target for parody over what they perceive as a groveling devotion to the president wedded to a flair for the melodramatic.
A video shared to Twitter last year by Gorka, in which he said “the Kraken has been unleashed” after Trump expanded Attorney General Bill Barr’s authority to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation, was singled out for ridicule.
It has begun@realDonaldTrump has unleashed his secret weapon.— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) May 24, 2019
In the next few days the conspirators will begin to tear at each other.
Stayed tuned friends:
But Gorka has remained steadfast in the face of media criticism and has been more than willing to punch back.
He's been engaged in a long-running feud with Mediaite journalist Caleb Ecarma, whom he reportedly told to "f--- off" during the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2018.
Daily Beast investigative reporter Lachlan Markay has claimed that Gorka accused him of having a cocaine habit.
Gorka appeared to nearly come to blows with CNN political analyst Brian Karem during a White House event in July 2019.
Perhaps you didn’t catch the video of the entire incident where Karem instigated and asked Gorka to step outside. Here’s clear video via @Uncle_Jimbo who was three feet away. pic.twitter.com/zUiHLqbCKh— Brad Bravo (@BradBravo42) July 12, 2019
The president weighed in following the scuffle, tweeting, “@SebGorka Wins Big, No Contest!”