Seb Gorka

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Seb Gorka bragging about his gun collection becomes an instant meme

The internet really does love Seb Gorka.


David Covucci

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 27, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 9:55 am CDT

Over the weekend, Recoil—”the ultimate firearms destination for the gun lifestyle”—interviewed former White House adviser Seb Gorka for a feature about his love of guns and his time serving President Donald Trump.

It is… amazing.

Not only did they misstate the number of pistols Gorka carries every day (it’s only one!), the site compares Trump winning to a movie about Russia invading the United States. Which is maybe a metaphor you want to, you know, shy away from these days.

For Gorka, a European-born counterterrorism expert, November 8 was like a scene from Red Dawn. The MAGA team was a scrappy bunch of insurgents who won despite overwhelming odds.

“A rank outsider that nobody took seriously,” said Gorka, “destroyed 16 establishment candidates and, against everybody’s expectations, beat a woman who’d spent at least $700 million for a position she thought was owed to her.”

But, by August, 2017, the elation dimmed as the tide turned against the MAGA Wolverines and their efforts to reform American politics. “A lot of good guys were fired from the National Security Council,” said Gorka, “Steve [Bannon] eventually decided to leave, and after the Afghan speech the President was given had no mention of radical Islamic terrorism, I decided the best way to support the president would be from the outside.

But it is the pictures of a heavily armed Gorka that the internet couldn’t get enough of.

Gorka, meanwhile, called the people reacting to his online celebrity ‘beta-males’

You can read it here. And you should.

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*First Published: Nov 27, 2017, 8:25 am CST