(WASHINGTON, D.C., (6/17/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned President Trump’s appointment of former Breitbart writer, white supremacist sympathizer and anti-Muslim bigot Sebastian Gorka to the National Security Education Board.
The 14-member National Security Education Board provides strategic consultation and oversight for the National Security Education Program. This program develops expertise for the U.S. federal government workforce and also provides grants to universities and scholarships for students to study languages and regions critical to national security.
“Sebastian Gorka is a radical anti-Muslim bigot notorious for his dubious credentials and history of supporting racist and anti-Semitic groups. He should not serve in any federal position, much less one that involves shaping and funding educational studies,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert S. McCaw. “This appointment once again shows that President Trump is more interested in appointing bigoted loyalists than elevating qualified individuals.”
CAIR recently called on U.S. Agency for Global Media Chief Executive Officer Michael Pack to drop any possible consideration of Gorka for a leadership role at Voice of America after CNN reported that he was a potential candidate.
In August 2017, CAIR welcomed the resignation of Gorka as a White House advisor.
CAIR previously called for Gorka’s dismissal from the Trump Administration following revelations that he “publicly supported a violent racist and anti-Semitic paramilitary militia” in Hungary and that he is a formal member of a Hungarian group listed by the U.S. State Department as having been “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany” during World War II.
Gorka has been criticized for his Islamophobic views, including once calling religious profiling of Muslims “common sense” and declining on several occasions to say whether President Trump believes Islam is a real religion.
CAIR also decried Katharine Gorka, Sebastian Gorka’s wife, a notorious Islamophobe in her own right, to be the new press secretary at Customs and Border Protection (CBP). CAIR notes, Katharine Gorka resigned from the position after two months.
Katharine Gorka has claimed that DHS trains its agents “falsely, according to [her]” that Islam is a “religion of peace.”
In 2014, Katharine Gorka wrote that when “Presidents Bush and Obama both publicly declared Islam to be a religion of peace,” it “struck a sour chord for many,” and that “American and Western leaders have preemptively shut down any debate within Islam by declaring that Islam is the religion of peace.”
The Washington-based civil rights organization has repeatedly expressed concern about the Trump administration’s Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist policies and appointments.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.