We did Nazi this coming… actually we kinda did.
A group with historic links to Nazi Germany was “proud” when Donald Trump‘s aide Sebastian Gorka represented the party in an Inauguration Day event (above).
According to NBC News, the top counterterrorism adviser wore an honorary medal from Hungarian nationalist organization Vitezi Rend to Trump’s Inaugural Ball, which caused the media conglomerate to dig deeper into the group’s sketchy past.
The group was founded in 1920 to award medals to Hungarian vets of WWI, but the ideals of the Vitez Order evolved in 1938 when the group allied with Nazi Germany, and were likely involved in the murder of some Hungarian Jews toward the end of WWII.
Gorka denied connections, but NBC reported that three people claim he was a well known member of the group. Vitezi Rend spokesman Andras Horvath was honored by the shout out, telling NBC News:
“When he appeared on U.S. television ├óΓé¼┬ª with the medal of the Vitez Order├óΓé¼┬ª it made me really proud.”
Well, that sounds vaguely sinister…
Gorka told the news network the medal was awarded to his Hungarian-born father Paul Gorka in 1979, who received the honor for his resistance to the post-war Soviet occupation of Hungary — and was reportedly not a member of the order.
Still, Jewish groups have spoken out on Gorka’s support of a group that the U.S. State Department lists as a Nazi-linked group, with some claiming that Gorka himself is a Nazi sympathizer.
World Jewish Congress vice president Andras Heisler told NBC that wearing the medal “isn’t a good message for a democratic society” either way. The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect echoed that sentiment, telling the peacock news network:
“How many ducks in the Trump White House must walk, talk and quack Anti-Semitically before our country wakes up and sees the greater problem?”
Yup, doesn’t seem like much of a Sophie’s Choice to us either.
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