Sebastian Gorka, who served as a deputy adviser of President Donald Trump’s national security team for the first eight months of his administration, defended the president’s alarming comments on sexual harassment during his radio program on Monday.
Gorka’s program, “America First,” took a call from a woman who called herself “Jane,” HuffPost reported. She said she had real concerns about Trump’s comments from 2005 during a taping of “Access Hollywood,” in which the president said he could touch or kiss women whenever he wanted to due to his celebrity status.
“I just start kissing them, it’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy,” Trump said, per reporting from NBC News. The recording became public in the final month of the 2016 presidential campaign.
At first, Gorka seemingly asked Jane to prove those comments were real. “How do you know he actually did that?” Gorka asked.
Then Gorka contradicted himself, admitting Trump did say those words, but questioning how serious we should take them.
Sebastian Gorka argued that Trump made comments about groping women when he was a Democrat. "So, let’s not forget that. How do you know he did that?” https://t.co/H09NLWdXR9
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) June 18, 2019
“Remember he said that when he was a Democrat. So, let’s not forget that,” Gorka said. He then book-ended it, asking Jane once more, “How do you know he did that?”
“Oh, wow, Mr. Gorka,” Jane responded, in disgust with the radio host’s justification of the president’s language and insinuations.
Gorka isn’t the only one to dispute at times the president’s words. Trump himself, just months after he won election, began telling people that he was not recorded saying those words.
“We don’t think that was my voice,” Trump allegedly told a U.S. senator in January 2017, before he was inaugurated, per reporting from the New York Times.
For at least a year after he was elected, Trump continued to tell people that it wasn’t him on that recording, according to at least three sources who spoke to the Times.
Gorka was forced out of the White House during the tenure of former Chief of Staff John Kelly, who sought to remove extremist elements from the Trump administration, per reporting from Politico.