The left media is attempting to smear Trump’s Deputy Assistant, former Breitbart editor Sebastian Gorka, as a “nazi sympathizer”.
Eli Clifton, a “reporter” for the Lobelog.com, was first to post a photo of Gorka, wearing a variety of medals, including one that banned by the Soviets, a Hungarian medal that was only given to Nazi collaborators. Clifton alleges that the medal belongs to “Hungarian Order of Heroes, Vitezi Rend”, a group created after WWI. The “order” aligned themselves with the pro-Nazi government during WWII.
Gorka, however, has been known for a long time to be “pro-Israel” and “pro-Jewish”, and the medal he wears has been known as an anti-Communist medal. It was banned by the Soviets.
Clifton’s article, with no evidence to show that Gorka has ever shown any kind of sympathy for Nazi’s, or any Nazi-like views, has been nonetheless syndicated and circulated all over social media. It has been picked up by a variety of left media sources, even being re-tweeted by Chelsea Clinton.
Breitbart did further research into Gorka’s life and career, noting:
Clifton could have consulted Gorka’s book, Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War, to know more about his background. His father grew up during the Nazi siege of Budapest and later joined the anti-communist resistance. He was betrayed by Kim Philby, a British double agent for the Soviet Union, arrested and tortured.
Talking Points Memo, while echoing Clifton’s false attack on Gorka, notes that it was Gorka’s father who won the award, which by then was an anti-communist symbol: “Gorka’s late father, Paul, fled Hungary for the United Kingdom during a failed 1956 revolt against the Soviet-imposed government. The flyleaf of Paul Gorka’s book ‘Budapest Rising’ identifies him as a recipient of the Order of Vitéz ‘for his bravery during the Resistance’” — i.e. the resistance against Soviet communism, which Gorka discusses in his book.
Ironically, when Eli Clifton was at the left-wing Center for American Progress, he himself was involved in a damaging scandal about antisemitism at its ThinkProgess blog in 2011-2012. At the time, the Jerusalem Postnoted: “The Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee have all termed the anti-Israeli rhetoric of Jilani and fellow CAP writers Eli Clifton, Ali Gharib, Matt Duss and Ben Armbruster to be infected with Jew-hatred and discriminatory policy positions toward Israel.”
So it is unclear why Clifton’s false accusations of Nazi ties are being treated as credible. (Clifton is now a reporter at the Nation Institute, a non-profit associated with the left-wing magazine.)