Sebastian Gorka, the White House official who has a government job but seemingly no actual responsibilities except defending President Trump on TV, defended the administration’s silence on this week’s Minnesota mosque bombing.
In an appearance on MSNBC, Gorka claimed that Trump hasn’t spoken about the attack because all of the facts are not yet available, even though the president routinely immediately comments on attacks initially believed to be perpetrated by Muslims.
“There’s a great rule: All initial reports are false,” Gorka told hosts Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle. “You have to check them and find out who the perpetrators are.”
“We’ve had a series of crimes committed, alleged hate crimes by right wing individuals in the last six months that turned out to be prop propagated by the left,” he said. “Let’s allow the local authorities to provide their assessment and then the White House will make its comments.”
When the hosts called him out on Trump jumping the gun on attacks in the past, Gorkia shrugged, “well, sometimes an attack is unequivocally clear for what it is.”
“You don’t have to make a statement about who did it but you can make a statement denouncing how terrible it is to attack a building of worship,” the host pressed.
“That’s fine and I’m sure the president will do that,” Gorka replied.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said Sunday the mosque bombing was unequivocally an “act of terrorism.”
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