Sebastian Gorka, the controversial Hungarian-American Trump administration counterterrorism adviser with a resume that’s light on experience, is “a formal member of a Hungarian far-right group” that collaborated with the Nazis in World War II, the group’s leadership has told the New York-based Forward newspaper. If true, the allegations could put Gorka — a staunch defender of the White House’s hardline on immigration — in hot water regarding his own immigration status.
Leaders of the Vitézi Rend or “Order of the Valiant,” a group whose members were eligible to receive land taken from deported Hungarian Jews during World War II, told the Forward that Gorka “took a lifelong oath of loyalty to their group” in a report released March 16. The Vitézi Rend was banned after the war, but was reconstituted as a veterans’ group with right-wing leanings with the assistance of Hungary’s wartime leader Miklos Horthy, who allied himself with Nazi Germany from the mid 1930s until 1944.
“I have never had contact with Jews,” Horthy wrote in 1940. “I have considered it intolerable that here in Hungary everything, every factory, bank, large fortune, business, theatre, press, commerce, etc. should be in Jewish hands,” he added.
But the Vitézi Rend connections could put a painful and ironic crimp in Gorka’s personal life: An immigration-law expert told the Forward the group could endanger Gorka’s status in the United States if he didn’t disclose his association on immigration and naturalization applications:
“This is a group that advocates racialist nativism,” said Einhorn. If Gorka did not disclose his affiliation with it, he said, this would constitute “failure to disclose a material fact,” which could undermine the validity of both his immigration status and claim to citizenship.
“It’s a material fact that, if disclosed, would have provoked a significant inquiry into the specific post-war role of this organization and Gorka’s activities in it,” he said.
Gorka didn’t respond to the Forward’s requests for comment and rebuffed queries from other reporters:
But, the Forward points out that after previous coverage of his coziness with other far-right, anti-Semitic groups, he subtweeted his haters with a quote from a friend:
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