In a blunt resignation letter, the national security and counterterrorism expert expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of the Trump administration. “[G]iven recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House,” Gorka wrote. “As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”
Apparently, Trump’s Afghanistan speech was the last straw for Gorka.
“The fact that those who drafted and approved the speech removed any mention of Radical Islam or radical Islamic terrorism proves that a crucial element of your presidential campaign has been lost…
Gorka will live to fight for MAGA another day. But the MAGA he was fighting for is more than a slogan. To President Trump, it was just a slogan–one that Reagan used to win in 1980. In a turn of the Bannon knife, Gorka let Trump know who he thinks put him in office.
“Your presidency will prove to be one of the most significant events in modern American politics. November the 8th was the result of decades during which the political and media elites felt that they knew better than the people who elect them into office. They do not, and the MAGA platform allowed their voices to be heard,” he wrote, adding, “Millions of people believe in, and have chosen, you and your vision of Making America Great Again. They will help eventually rebalance this temporary reality.”
Yeah, Mr. Gorka. Keep believing that the “temporary reality” will be rebalanced. This isn’t The Force and Trump is not Anakin Skywalker.
The president is now surrounded by liberals (with Stephen Miller as the lone holdout). He unfailingly attacks Republicans for not doing his bidding, but generally leaves Democrats alone. Trump will hoist the debt ceiling, pump billions into his wall, sign any health care act that crosses his desk (I’d wager he’d sign single payer), and continue all the policies of his predecessor in relation to Iran and North Korea.
In the Middle East, Trump’s deal-making will likely end in failure. The cuts in the administrative state will only last as long as he’s in office, and whatever bench appointments he can get approved in four years will be far less than the last two presidents–unless he works with the Democrats.
The only rebalancing we’re likely to see is one to the left. But we’ve been wrong before, so we can hope.