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Sebastian Gorka: Parliament attack justifies Trump's travel ban

The Trump aide, known for his anti-Muslim views, jumped at the opportunity to use the attack as a political win


Taylor Link
March 24, 2017 8:22PM (UTC)

Dr. Sebastian Gorka, a member of the White House national security advisory staff, pointed to Wednesday's terror attack in London as vindication for President Trump's travel ban.

Appearing on Fox News' "Hannity" hours after the attack, Gorka said that the incident was further proof that the threat of global jihad is real and that the president has taken appropriate steps to protect the country.

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"The war is real, and that's why executive orders like President Trump's travel moratorium are so important." he said.

One fact Gorka omitted was that the terror suspect in London was Khalid Masood, a U.K.-born man who was known by law enforcement — meaning he would never have been subjected to Trump's executive order, which limited visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries. (But what about a Muslim ban, which the Trump administration had been reportedly trying to implement in the first place?)

Nevertheless, Gorka said that the main priority of the Trump administration is to prevent terror attacks at home.

"What we are trying to do in the Trump administration is to stop events like this on U.S. soil," he said. "This should not be a surprise to nobody."

Sean Hannity, for his part, was quick to denounce a large portion of the U.S. who does not support a travel ban.

"The left in this country has made a decision and their decision is they do not want to inconvenience those people who want the privilege of coming into this country," Hannity said. "And that they are willing to gamble with the lives of Americans."

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"If we don't vet because of their opposition and if we don't build a wall because of their opposition and people cross that border, enter this country without any vetting and Americans are killed, I argue that they have blood on their hands," he concluded.


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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