For the second straight week, an important conservative adviser to President Trump has left the White House. While there are differing accounts as to whether Sebastian Gorka left on his own accord or was pushed out the door by Chief of Staff John Kelly, the end result makes little difference. Following the ousting of Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Gorka’s resignation does little to restore the faith of supporters who are now deeply concerned about where Trump’s presidency is headed. Is the MAGA agenda still alive, or has President Trump been fully co-opted by the very establishment he was elected to destroy?
Gorka’s resignation letter left little doubt about his own view of what’s currently going on in the White House. As reported by The Federalist, Gorka lashed out against the people Bannon calls the “West Wing Democrats” in a blistering tirade where he warned that “forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House.” According to Gorka, “the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will ‘Make America Great Again’ have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months.”
In an interview that aired on SiriusXM radio this weekend, Gorka explained why it was necessary for him to move on after his short stint in the Trump administration.
“I decided that, just as with Steve [Bannon], we can be far more effective for the president on the outside,” Gorka said. “The president of the United States ran a campaign on a very simple platform … He said, ‘I’m going to fix the economy, build the wall and defeat ISIS.’ That’s MAGA. That’s what Making America Great Again really means.
“And I realized after the president’s speech this week on Afghanistan that he’s not being well-served,” Gorka continued. “That speech was written by people for the president in direct contravention of everything we voted for on November the 8th.”
It’s tough to know exactly what to make of this.
If you take it straight from Breitbart, the situation is simple. Trump has allowed the Establishment to take over his presidency, drive out the true conservatives, and leave him beholden to the same stale policy ideas that voters rejected last November. Now Bannon and Gorka are going to fight for Trump’s supporters from outside the walls, demanding the revolution they were promised in 2016.
Of course, you could also argue that Bannon was a chief source of division in the White House who was more interested in protecting his brand than actually furthering the president’s success. And that anything we hear from Bannon and Gorka these days comes as a result of sour grapes. After all, what did they THINK was going to happen if they made an enemy out of the president’s daughter?
For now, we’re cautiously retaining our optimism. The American people voted for Trump last year, not Bannon. Certainly not Gorka. On the other hand, they didn’t vote for McMaster or Jared Kushner, either. But that’s fine. If Trump has ever proven anything, it’s that he’s his own man.
If his agenda takes a sharp turn for the worse, we’ll be watching. In the meantime, though, we’re treating these personnel shifts as a sideshow.