Sebastian Gorka, White House Director of…Something (nobody knows what his actual job is), appeared on Breitbart News Daily, the radio show of where he used to work, to respond to criticism from his appearance on MSNBC. During that interview, he said that “[t]here’s no such thing as a lone wolf” attack.
According to Gorka, the idea of the “lone wolf” was “invented by the last administration to make Americans stupid.”
Gorka claims that the concept was used to point the finger away from al Qaeda and ISIS when “there has never been a serious attack or a serious plot that was unconnected from ISIS or al Qaeda.” Critics immediately pointed to Timothy McVeigh, who wasn’t connected to either group, and bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168 people.
n his appearance with Breitbart, Gorka complained that New York Times reporter “Maggie Haberman and her acolytes in the fake news media, who immediately have a conniption fit” mentioned McVeigh. He added:
It’s this constant, “Oh, it’s the white man. It’s the white supremacists. That’s the problem.” No, it isn’t, Maggie Haberman. Go to Sinjar. Go to the Middle East, and tell me what the real problem is today. Go to Manchester.
Gorka also pointed out that the Oklahoma City bombing was 22 years ago. That is true, but it wasn’t the last case of white terrorism. In fact, right-wing extremists, mostly white, have killed far more people domestically than Muslim terrorists. In 14 years following the September 11th attacks, Muslim extremists were responsible for 50 deaths in the United States. However, “right-wing extremists averaged 337 attacks per year in the decade after 9/11, causing a total of 254 fatalities.”
And since Trump’s election, attacks by white supremacists have only gone up. However, according to Gorka, they aren’t the problem and the focus should not be on them.