Katharine gorka

Senior Advisor for Policy at Dhs

AFFILIATIONS

Breitbart: Former Contributor

The Westminster Institute: Executive Director (March 2009 - May 2014)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Senior Advisor for Policy at the DHS (January 2017 - )

BIO

Helping to shape policy from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Katharine Gorka (wife to Sebastian Gorka) is one of the most influential pro-Trump figures working in the U.S. Government. Gorka, according to her Linkedin profile, built her career by working for a series of think tanks, policy centers and councils (some of which are now defunct) that almost all shared a focus on national security, “democracy promotion” and “radical Islam.”

She was also a contributor to Breitbart News, the self-described “platform for the alt-right,” where she wrote about the supposedly alarming national security issues pertaining to Islam. Now, as senior policy advisor at the DHS, Gorka is taking a myriad of steps to make the government more hostile to the Islamic community.  According to the Intercept, “Gorka…[is] a controversial national security analyst and anti-Muslim activist.” Indeed, many see Gorka as an Islamophobic far-right activist who is attempting to make the government implement anti-Muslim policies.

Gorka tried to defend a Congressional investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence in the Obama administration — an investigation that was decried by both Democrats and Republicans. The investigation was also linked to the conspiracy theory that Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s longtime advisor, had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood — a theory promulgated by notorious Islamophobes like Frank Gaffney.

SOURCE: Breitbart, 09/09/14

Gorka promoted a piece of legislation introduced by Michelle Bachman that would designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization and mark Muslim rights groups like CAIR as a front for the Brotherhood.

SOURCE: Family Security Matters July 2014

ISlamophobia

Gorka implicitly disagreed with the idea that Islam is a religion of peace by arguing that there are Muslims who dissent from that view.

"Presidents Bush and Obama both publicly declared Islam to be a religion of peace, which has struck a sour chord for many...To date, American and Western leaders have preemptively shut down any debate within Islam by declaring that Islam is the religion of peace and that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. In so doing, Western governments have effectively shut the door on those Muslims who dare to dissent, who suggest reform rather than radicalism as the solution to Islam’s ills. The result is that the Islamists are running the show, from Iraq to Syria to Libya to Iran."

SOURCE: Katharine Gorka (Breitbart) (November 2014)

"On June 13, 2012, five members of Congress called for an investigation into Muslim Brotherhood influence operations in the Obama administration. The five members– Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Tom Rooney (R-FL), and Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)– were widely criticized for doing so, even by their own Republican leadership, including John McCain (R-AZ), John Boehner (R-OH), and Mike Rogers (R-MI). At the time, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) said, ‘It’s not right to question the loyalty of fellow Americans without any evidence.’ Well, now we have the evidence."

SOURCE: Katharine Gorka (Breitbart) (September 2014)

“Last night, Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) introduced legislation to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. For many, this will seem as a long overdue move: since its inception 86 years ago, the Brotherhood has made clear its supremacist, exclusionary, totalitarian identity. The answer is two-fold. First, the Brotherhood started an extensive propaganda campaign to portray itself as the only viable alternative to other extremists groups such as Al Qaeda. The second reason we are seeing this legislation proposed only now is the culture of fear the MB has created in the United States and throughout the West. Their many front groups, including the Council on Islamic American Relations (CAIR), have waged a relentless campaign of lawfare against any and all critics of the MB.”

SOURCE: Katharine Gorka (Family Security Matters) (July 2014)

As Senior Policy Advisor for the DHS, Gorka recently helped defund a grant that helped de-radicalize neo-nazis and advocate for Muslim rights.

"She [Gorka] is credited with convincing the department to claw back hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants for countering right-wing extremism and prioritizing the role of law enforcement in combating Islamic extremism. Her detractors accuse her of downplaying the threat of white nationalism and alienating Muslim communities who could be partners in US counter-extremism efforts. ‘Katie is much more dangerous than Sebastian,’ said Eric Rosand, a former senior State Department official responsible for programs on Countering Violent Extremism, or CVE. ‘She played a significant role in denying CVE grant funding to groups that work to de-radicalize neo-Nazis and other far right extremists and Muslim-American groups that work to build resilience against violent extremism, but without the involvement of the police.’ The grants in question include $400,000 to Life After Hate, a group that focuses on neo-Nazis, and $393,800 to the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a Muslim-American advocacy group involved in community-based violence prevention."

SOURCE: John Hudson (Buzzfeed) (August 2017)