It’s been two years since Sebastian Gorka, a former adviser to President Donald Trump and the White House parted company, and while he seems pretty irrelevant nowadays, his name still pops up in the news every now and then.
Just like Tuesday, for instance. Gorka is offended by a cartoon depicting gay rat and aardvark marriage on the cute PBS program Arthur. A program, by the way, that is so beloved the network has been broadcasting it for more than 20 years.
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Mr. Ratburn from the beloved children’s show “Arthur” comes out as gay in the season 22 premiere of the show. 🌈 pic.twitter.com/RdxSFXt3sG
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And yes, Gorka really is offended by the program, notes The Washington Post.
Gorka, also a former Breitbart editor, is the host of America First (which also happens to be the slogan for Trump’s foreign policy approach. And, ahem, also a phrase used by Nazi sympathizers before the Second World War.
So what’s got Gorka all worked up?
The show depicted Arthur’s teacher, Nigel Ratburn exchanging vows with an aardvark named Patrick.
No, Gorka’s not worried about climate change, world hunger, or the fact that his former boss is trampling all over everything Americans hold dear. He’s worried about two male cartoon figures getting married, The Daily Beast reports. Because somehow that’s the mom-and-apple-pie suicide of everything American or something.
“Civil society doesn’t exist, friendship doesn’t exist, family doesn’t exist,” gorka exclaimed.
He even went so far as to claim the cartoon was really a Marxist plot.
“This is a war for our culture, and that’s why we exist here, on ‘America First’ on the Salem Radio Network,” he said.
Some organizations, like the right-wing Institute of World Politics, a graduate school based in Washington, D.C., where Gorka is a non-resident scholar, peg him as “an internationally recognized authority on issues of national security, irregular warfare, terrorism, and democratization.”
But his views are regarded as extreme by mainstream experts on counterterrorism, The Post notes. That’s especially true because he maintains Muslims are inherently violent and he staunchly defended Trump’s nationalist agenda.
After exiting the White House he remained a contributor on Fox News until the network dropped him, whereupon he decided to pursue his radio show. Where he now spreads homophobia. The folks at PBS did a ground-breaking show that they deserve credit for but people with extreme views similar to Gorka’s want to be taken seriously. Even when, like Gorka, they are being preposterous.
And Gorka would be laughable if we didn’t already know where some of this may lead.
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