Photo Credit: Sebastian Gorka / Twitter
Sebastian Gorka, a former confidant to Donald Trump who was suspended in August, took to social media on Tuesday night to share his thoughts on the Harvey Weinstein passionate nuisance scandal. In a summary posted to Twitter, Gorka—who has reported ties to anti-Semitic groups in Europe—stated, “If Weinstein had obeyed @VP Pence’s manners for assembly with the conflicting sex, nothing of those bad women would ever have been abused.” Gorka is presumably referring to the ridiculous manners Pence laid out during a 2002 interview, in which he pronounced that he refuses to have cooking alone with any lady other than his wife, and that he keeps his associate by his side at events where ethanol is being served and “people are being loose.” It’s an odd, offensive—and telling!—suggestion for a few reasons, which we should get into right now.
If Weinstein had obeyed @VP Pence’s manners for assembly with the conflicting sex, nothing of those bad women would ever have been abused. pic.twitter.com/Kgl9FF7nam1
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) Oct 11, 2017
Pence’s manners for tying his interactions with women are somehow ostensible to be review as a good Christian man’s way of avoiding passionate temptation, but they instead offer to hold up the absurd, sexist thought that women are not so much human beings as they are delicious sex objects against whose wiles men are defenseless. Gorka—and of course, Pence—is suggesting that passionate nuisance is unavoidable since men are slaves to their loins, just hardly gripping their reflexive need to dedicate vulgar passionate nuisance under wraps by the deception of protected distance. Putting a man and lady nearby any other—at, say, a cooking table—is fundamentally guaranteed to spin men into grabbing, groping, sex crime committing man-beasts who can only act in inapt and even sexually aroused and violent ways. Fidelity can only be positive if other women, however essential their skills and ideas competence help this unwell White House, are voiced in swarming bedrooms with high lighting. Never mind what the lady wants.
This kind of meditative says distant some-more about the outmoded, hypersexist mindsets of Gorka and Pence than it does about real-life heterosexual dynamics. It must be calming to be a lady in their participation meaningful they consider passionate nuisance is unavoidable should a cooking assembly or work party happen. It’s not an collision that these men work for Trump, a misogynist who bragged that when sees an appealing lady he’s “like a magnet”—note the import of helplessness against an strenuous compulsion—who “just kiss[es]” women, and who won’t “even wait” for consent. He also famously announced that he likes to squeeze women by the pussy. And, of course, Trump once also suggested that rape and passionate attack are the healthy outcome of having men and women offer together in the armed forces.
“26,000 unreported passionate assults (sic) in the military-only 238 convictions,” Trump wrote. “What did these geniuses design when they put men women together?”
Along with their strange racism, this White House’s misogyny and woman-hating is over the pale. Weinstein has been fired from his company and for the moment, at least, announced the flay of Hollywood. (We’ll see how prolonged that lasts.) If he were a Republican, he could’ve parlayed this liaison into a 2020 presidential run.
Gorka’s appointment as a emissary partner to Trump was controversial since of his reported ties to Vitézi Rend, an anti-Semitic organisation formed in Hungary. Though Gorka denied belonging to the group, the classification confirmed that he is a member. Even as he claimed not to be tied to the order, Gorka sported the group’s award in several radio appearances, eliciting open regard for its higher-ups. A organisation of 55 Democrats in Congress sealed an open minute to Trump hostile Gorka’s appointment “based on…recent revelations about [his] open support for and membership in several anti-Semitic and extremist groups in Hungary.”
Kali Holloway is a comparison author and the associate editor of media and enlightenment at AlterNet.