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Gorka: Ignore Trump-the-Businessman’s Tweets

Via CNN:  WH official: Trump can’t be judged by Syria tweets in 2013 because he wasn’t president then:

Deputy assistant to President Donald Trump Sebastian Gorka said Friday that Trump’s past tweets arguing against military action in Syria shouldn’t be held against him because Trump wasn’t president then.

“I think you’d admit that the things you say when you’re in a certain situation without the requisite experience that may come later shouldn’t be held against you,” Gorka told radio host Laura Ingraham.

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“What one says as a businessman who has not had TS/SCI clearance and sat in the situation room, or what one says on the campaign trail in a politically charged environment for a year, is incredibly different to the perspective you may have after you take on the mantle of the commander-in-chief, and you are the person responsible for the safety of all Americans,” Gorka said. “That’s what experience tells us, and to judge based on statements they made when they were not in that position of responsibility.”

Indeed, it is pure crazy-talk to take seriously what someone said before they were president.  You have to elect a fellow to find out what they think!

And, moreover, what does a businessman know about foreign policy?

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About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

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  1. MarkedMan says:

    Just to be clear, this is the Gorka that wears the medal from the group that was founded by the “patriot” responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of Jews in WW2 and that to this day is a racial purity and anti-semitic organization?

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  2. @MarkedMan: That’s the one.

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  3. Becca says:

    Gorka does not run on all cylinders.

    His “the alpha male is back, baby!” rant is epic. Ring-a-ding-ding!

    And shouldn’t he be laying low after all those unsavory Nazi accusations?

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  4. gVOR08 says:

    And, moreover, what does a businessman know about foreign policy?

    Indeed.

    And speaking of Tillerson…

    Business people in economic policy positions has always been a pet peeve of mine as everything they know about econ is wrong. So I suppose it’s better to put them in foreign policy positions where they simply know nothing.

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  5. gVOR08 says:

    @Becca:

    And shouldn’t he be laying low after all those unsavory Nazi accusations?

    I’m not sure that counts against you any more.

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  6. Surreal American says:

    @Becca:

    Shouldn’t Gorka be a wanted man for trying to steal a Moonraker shuttle from NASA?

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  7. An Interested Party says:

    Shouldn’t Gorka be a wanted man for trying to steal a Moonraker shuttle from NASA?

    Ha, I was thinking along those same lines…Gorka, with his Nazi past, is a deranged, cheap imitation of a James Bond villain…it’s no wonder that he’s a part of the collective joke that is the Trump Administration…

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  8. HarvardLaw92 says:

    Nazi …

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