ABC News Hate-Smears Sebastian Gorka, Falsely Implies Waging War on Private Citizens
The media has their anti-Trump propaganda machine in top gear. A case in point comes from ABC News which on Saturday posted an excerpt from a speech by former Trump administration official Dr. Sebastian Gorka to the Values Voters Summit being held in Washington, D.C. ABC led with the quote, “Former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka: “The left has no idea how much more damage we can do to them as private citizens,” making it appear that Gorka and the Trump team are waging war on private citizens–which is not what Gorka said according to the video posted below the quote.
However, knowing that most people won’t take the time to watch the video clip accompanying the quote, ABC has scored a major anti-Trump propaganda by accurately quoting Gorka but taking him out of context to put his statement in the scariest light possible. In addition to anti-Trump hysteria, ABC News provoked at least one death threat against Gorka.
Former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka: "The left has no idea how much more damage we can do to them as private citizens." pic.twitter.com/WZ24t67Ugp
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 14, 2017
The complete statement by Gorka from the video:
“The left has no idea how much more damage we can do to them as private citizens, as people unfettered by being part of the U.S. government. And as you can see from the campaigning I did for Judge Moore–and Steve (Bannon) as well–we have begun!”
The complete statement makes clear that Gorka is speaking about himself and other former Trump administration officials as private citizens now free to wage partisan ideological war on the Left without the restraints that come with being in government. But ABC willfully made it appear that Gorka was talking about going after private citizens.
It figures that the face of NBC News, Chuck Todd, the host of the network’s flagship news program Meet the Press, would bite hard on the ABC News agit-prop, saying of Gorka, “Does a person who believes in democracy and the rule of law utter this?”
Does a person who believes in democracy and the rule of law utter this? https://t.co/x9duCfEQWU
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) October 14, 2017
The death threat to Gorka came in response to Todd, “Hopefully a private citizen will shoot Gorka in the head; and then he can see how much more damage can be done to him by private citizens.”
(UPDATE: CNN’s Chris Cuomo also took the ABC News agit-prop bait, “How does this fit in to the Judeo-Christian ethics being “back” as Trump said other day? Merry Christmas indeed”)
How does this fit in to the Judeo-Christian ethics being “back” as Trump said other day? Merry Christmas indeed https://t.co/XCyYFg4CIx
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) October 14, 2017
The comments below the ABC News tweets responding to the smear by ABC are predictable in their outrage and prompt a question of responsibility for ABC News for stirring up anti-Trump hysteria and death threats based ABC News’ false presentation of Gorka’s comment.
Other prominent people on Twitter who took ABC News’ agit-prop bait:
Never-Trumper Erick Erickson who sneered, “Sad to see this said at a Christian conference. Where is the grace? Where is the mercy? Where is the Christ?”
Never-Trumper Tom Nichols chimed in with Erickson, “Erick, are you surprised? Really? (Not trolling, asking.)”
Erick, are you surprised? Really? (Not trolling, asking.)
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 14, 2017
GQ’s resident anti-Trumper Keith Olbermann, “Can we get ICE to do something useful, legal, and patriotic for once, and deport this goddamned Nazi’s fat ass out of here?”
Can we get ICE to do something useful, legal, and patriotic for once, and deport this goddamned Nazi’s fat ass out of here? https://t.co/FChAMaBQh8
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 14, 2017
Never-Trumper Charlie Sykes:, “Now let us pray.”
Now let us pray. https://t.co/0MfRWBwoVf
— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) October 14, 2017
Anti-Trumper George Takei, “Well, at least the right is no longer pretending their agenda is to help Americans.”
Well, at least the right is no longer pretending their agenda is to help Americans. https://t.co/2ulEMb0zUt
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 14, 2017
Ben Wikler, Washington Director for MoveOn, “Helpful prism for understanding actions of Trump, Gorka, Bannon &c: For them, goal of politics is fundamentally about hurting their enemies.”
Helpful prism for understanding actions of Trump, Gorka, Bannon &c: For them, goal of politics is fundamentally about hurting their enemies. https://t.co/c5PTvy2NMv
— Ben Wikler (@benwikler) October 14, 2017
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter author and anti-Trumper, “If this were a scene in a movie script, the note would read ‘can we make this guy more plausible/human? Nobody would say this aloud.'”
If this were a scene in a movie script, the note would read 'can we make this guy more plausible/human? Nobody would say this aloud.' https://t.co/NaunCV9iyF
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 14, 2017
Beau Willimon, creator of U.S. version of House of Cards, “Numerous Trump acolytes repeatedly & brazenly advocate for violence. Unfair elections aren’t enough. They want to maintain power by force.”
Numerous Trump acolytes repeatedly & brazenly advocate for violence. Unfair elections aren't enough. They want to maintain power by force. https://t.co/JOavCVu1uj
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) October 14, 2017
Also, a sample of reactions by anti-Trump private citizens provoked by ABC News.
The @FBI needs to pay him a visit for threatening private citizens.
— SHRED (@Hobie_SHRED) October 14, 2017
Trump crony Gorka brags about "doing damage" to private American citizens. These guys, these Nazis, are a threat to public, belong in jail. https://t.co/MZoNMb0j2S
— David Hemond (@david_hemond) October 14, 2017
GORKA THREATENED PRIVATE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES . CITIZENS WHO ARE PROTECTED BY THE U.S. CONSTITUTION! Where is protections for AmPPl https://t.co/N455V15qdO
— V. Hare (@hareme2) October 14, 2017
This statement by Gorka is CHILLING!!!
Since when is it a goal of people in the government to HARM private citizens?!?!?!? https://t.co/yBzk1jjZCM
— Ann Phillips (@MAPhillips555) October 14, 2017
Evangelicals at summit today cheer Nazi Gorka as he says: "The left has no idea how much more damage we can do to them as private citizens." https://t.co/OnXSoGS41g
— Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) October 14, 2017
Sebastian Gorka is threatening private citizens. This White Supremacist movement in America has to be stopped.
— Randy Foster (@RandfosterRandy) October 14, 2017
A false report like this from ABC News helps explain why the Trump administration scores low in public opinion polls. ABC News owes Sebastian Gorka and the American people a correction and apology.
Gorka: "The best description for what happened at 12:01 on January the 20th is the most leveraged hostile takeover in US history." pic.twitter.com/U5jL5kQSCm
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) October 14, 2017
Featured image source ABC News screen capture via Twitter.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 14, 2017
UPDATE, ABC News is pouring gas on the fire, reposting the same tweet Saturday evening provoking the same hysterical anti-Trump response as before.